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Where to eat in Borrowdale holiday cottages

Where to eat in Borrowdale

Kim 01 November 2021

With its craggy mountains, rolling rivers, and delightful hamlets, the Lake District valley of Borrowdale is a paradise for walkers, cyclists, climbers and nature lovers. And, after a day on the fells, there’s nothing better than stopping off for something tasty to eat.

Get ready to renew your energy for the next hike, or enjoy a trip into Borrowdale just for the food. Thanks to the stunning outlook and excellent produce, you’ll be glad you came!

Here’s our guide to the best places to eat in Borrowdale. You can reach them all very easily from our holiday cottages in Borrowdale.

Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa

Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa

The grand Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa stands proudly towards the southern end of Derwentwater, offering two fantastic restaurants.

Lake View Restaurant is an elegant spot overlooking the water and serving imaginative meals made from the best local ingredients. Or try the award-winning pan-Asian restaurant Mizu. Sample Japanese, Thai and Malaysian-inspired dishes with a Lake District twist.

The Lodore Falls also offers dog-friendly dining in their side lounge.

Open daily, 12pm – 2pm and 5pm - 9.30pm.

The Borrowdale Hotel

This imposing building made of the local slate has a relaxing and welcoming interior with food that has won an AA Rosette. The fabulous restaurant offers silver service, with local produce and fine wines served with a smile. An old sign over the door reads: “When good fayre and good service be sought, Courteous attire should trouble ye nought”, so remember to come in smart-casual attire!

If you’re looking for something a bit more laid back, head to the lounge, conservatory and garden. Here you can take advantage of afternoon tea, hot drinks, light bites and seasonal meals. All are welcome – including your dog!

The Borrowdale Hotel is open daily. Please check their website for specific meal times.

Shepherds Café

A favourite of climbers on Borrowdale’s famous rocks, Shepherds Café is named for Shepherds Crag, which towers above it. You can often watch people scaling its heights before they stop off for a warming drink and a tasty slice of cake in the café.

If you’re looking for reasonably priced, unfussy lunches and tasty treats, this is the perfect place to pause for a break in the middle of your day.

Open April-November, school holidays and weekends, 10am – 5pm.

Grange Bridge Cottage Tea Shop

Grange Bridge Cottage Tea Shop

Sitting by the river in the pretty hamlet of Grange-in-Borrowdale, the Grange Bridge Cottage Tea Shop is the ideal place to stop off for lunch or afternoon tea. It has beautiful views of its namesake over the river, as well as the surrounding mountain scenery. Food is simple but good, with the likes of soup and sandwiches on the menu. Or taste some of the trout fresh from a local trout farm!

Open daily, 10am – 5pm.

The Sky Hi Café, Honister Slate Mine

If you’re popping over the way to or from Buttermere, then you’ll want to stop off at Honister Slate Mine for its fascinating mine tours and hair-raising Via Ferrata. You can also take advantage of the small Sky Hi Café, so named for its position way above the valley. Its simple but tasty menu includes hot drinks, bacon butties, soup and homemade cake. Open daily for take-out.

The Flock-In Tearoom

Get ready for sheep-based humour and corny puns at The Flock-Inn Tearoom in Seathwaite! Their ‘ewe-nique’ menu features local Herdwick lamb directly from the farm it sits on. That means completely fresh stews and tasty pasties homemade on site – delicious! All are welcome – walkers, cyclists and casual visitors – to relax in the cosy tearoom or out in the garden.

The Flock-In is open from early February to November, Thursday-Tuesday, 10am-5pm.

The Grange Café and Tearoom

The Grange Cafe and Tearoom

Perfectly located for after a walk in Borrowdale or halfway around Derwentwater, The Grange Café and Tearoom serves an excellent choice of both veggie and meat lunches, as well as cakes, scones, waffles, bacon sarnies and much more! If you need some extra warmth coursing through your veins in the winter months, don’t forget to order one (or two) of their yummy mulled ciders!

Open daily, 10am – 5pm.

Scafell Hotel

The Riverside Bar at Scafell Hotel is a relaxed public bar with a great range of real ales from Cumbrian brewery Jennings, as well as from numerous micro-breweries around the county. Both locals and visitors enjoy this eatery, which serves meals described as “fill yer boots” food and includes burgers and pies. Choose from a place in front of the open fire or al fresco dining on the veranda.

Open daily from 12-11pm (10.30pm on Sundays). Meals are served at 12pm - 2.30pm and 6pm – 9pm.

Hazel Bank Country House Hotel

Treat yourself to award-winning food at Hazel Bank, tucked away over the river from Rosthwaite. This charming country house was built in the 1800s and has been lovingly maintained every since. The dining room looks out on to the fellside garden, which is regularly visited by deer, rabbits, pheasants and red squirrels! Food is sourced from nearby producers and prepared by local lass and “Lady of the House” Donna MacRae alongside Masterchef finalist Darren Comish. Dinner is available to non-residents and is a set four-course meal that will send your tastebuds on a flight of fancy!

Open daily for evening meals, served between 7pm and 8pm. Booking essential.

Mary Mount Hotel

Mary Mount Hotel

The Mary Mount Hotel is the first eatery you reach as you enter Borrowdale from Keswick, so we won’t blame you if you’re tempted to stop off right away! It’s a perfect option to escape the bustling thrum of town, with its idyllic views and peaceful setting. Sip on a drink on the terrace, lounge in the lounge, and fill yourself up with a hearty meal in the restaurant.

Dogs and muddy boots are welcome, though you’re asked not to take your four-legged friends into the front lounge and restaurant areas. Open daily.

The Leathes Head Hotel

The Leathes Head Hotel is a magnificent Georgian building welcoming non-residents to sample its delightful dinner menus. Their Menu du Jour changes daily, making use of produce that’s sourced through local producers or foraged in the surrounding countryside. You’ll get a truly delectable taste of Cumbria when you dine here, with excellent service from the friendly staff.

Open daily. Pre-booking is essential.

Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Come to Borrowdale Gates in Rosthwaite for the food and stay for the views – or vice versa! Large windows with a panoramic outlook, local produce, and carefully crafted meals all combine to make a fabulous dining experience. It boasts a two AA Rosette for culinary excellence and offers a selection of French and locally-inspired dishes. Complement your meal with a quality wine, or treat yourself to an afternoon tea.

Open daily, 12pm to 2.30pm.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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