EATING THE LAKE DISTRICT
Chuck on your most forgiving elasticated waistband and fasten your seatbelt (not too tight)... You’re going on an epic foodie road trip in The Lake District.
Mirror-shine lakes straight out of a fairytale and craggy fells waiting to destroy your leg muscles. There’s no denying that the Lake District is steal-your-partner good looking. But it’s also tasty.
Here's where to get the best of it in your mouth...
Kendal, United Kingdom
A hidden courtyard cafe with a Scandi chic feel…
Lake District, you got LAYERS.
Start your day/road trip/tastebud epiphany right with a breakfast at Yard 46. The zen vibes - hello, lavender potted plants - are good, the eats are even better. The menu is best described as standard fancy breakfast shiz.
Think pesto eggs on sourdough and pulled pork and avocado buns. But they elevate it by using duck eggs and homemade bread. Which you will leave with armfuls of. Portions are generous too, expect three rashers lovingly crammed into your bacon butty.
Sleep off the eggs nearby at The Punch Bowl Inn. Book below.
Windermere, United Kingdom
Tapas and woodfired pizza. The Smith in Windermere knows a decent collab when it sees one.
The inside of this cafe/restaurant is like a glossy magazine spread - but not wanky. Think sheepskin throws, open fireplace, alt artwork and alllll the fairylights. The food is a mixture of snacky bits and pizza. Top recs? The smoked paprika pork scratchings with black garlic ketchup and a side of truffle-infused brie. For mains the chestnut mushroom, garlic, English truffle oil, pea shoot, and ricotta pizza is sell-your-soul good.
Sleep off the pizza nearby at Jerichos Boutique. Book below.
Ambleside, United Kingdom
“Think I’ll treat my insides to some green stuff today…”
Gandhi’s Cafe is ideal for when the third day Lake life starts to make your stomach feel like lead. These guys specialise in veggie and vegan cooking inspired by the owner’s travels. The coffee is locally roasted and the burgers are made of hemp. And cos the wines organic you can have ten.
Sleep off all that cress at The Ambleside Inn. Book below.
Keswick, United Kingdom
We don’t have Lake favourites… but Fellpack is like the overachiever child who’s sporty, creative, and can explain quantum physics. An all-rounder.
Go for seasonal menus of salmon and beetroot barley risotto in the summer and pork belly, chorizo and butterbean stew in winner. The ales from Keswick Brewery and coffee is provided by Red Bank - a local roaster.
These guys also created their own challenge - the Walla Dash - a race up a nearby fell overlooking beaut Keswick. Tell the guys at Fellpack you’re taking it on and they’ll start the timer. The timer stops when you return to Fellpack - with a pic from the peak. Plus you'll be rewarded with a loyalty card for your efforts.
Sleep off the seasonal eats nearby at Royal Oak. Book below.