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Looking For Somewhere To Eat In The Lake District?  Cast Your Eyes Over These 5 Gems

Date: 21st June 2012
Filed under: Things To Do, Top Tips
Tagged: places to eat in the lake district

The Lake District is one of my favourite parts of the world. I live here, work here and simply love everything about it.

Probably known best for its crystal clear lakes and breathtaking mountains, what a lot of people don’t know about the Lake District is that it’s packed full of fantastic places to eat.

From Michelin Star restaurants through to wonderful little cafes, here we take a look at five of the Lake District’s culinary gems.

1. L’Enclume

On the south border of the Lake District is L’Enclume, one of the country’s most critically acclaimed restaurants.

Chef Simon Rogan heads up the restaurant and delivers food well worthy of the Michelin Star awarded to it. Using the finest local produce to deliver a menu that is constantly changing, it perfectly reflects the local meats and vegetables that are available at different points throughout the year.

A reservation is almost always required and it’s not going to be the cheapest meal you’ve ever had, but if you enjoy fine food, L’Enclume will deliver each and every time you visit.

2.  Blackwell Tea Room

Located in Bowness-on-Windermere, the tea room at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House is one of the best places to eat al fresco according to The Times, thanks to its spectacular views of Windermere.

Serving a range of culinary delights, from homemade pastries through to beautiful, freshly ground coffee, the prices at Blackwell Tea Room are unbelievably reasonable - the famed Blackwell Classic Afternoon Tea is just £4, yet it comes with homemade scones, local jam, freshly whipped cream and a steaming pot of tea.

3.  Old Keswickian

Said by many to be the fish and chip shop in the Lake District, the Old Keswickian has been in business for over 30 years and although it now serves a range of other local delicacies, its main focus is still on its wonderful fish and chips.

Whether you take away or eat in, visit the Old Keswickian in Keswick’s Market Square for some of the areas freshest fish wrapped in crispy batter and served with just the right amount of perfectly cooked chips.

Just don’t check out their website if you’re hungry - the pictures will make you want fish and chips immediately!

4.  Francine’s Coffee House and Restaurant

Cute, quaint and extremely attractive from the outside, as soon as you take a step inside Francine’s Coffee House and Restaurant, whatever time of day, you’re greeted with a wonderfully relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.

Easy to reach on Windermere’s Main Road, if you’re a seafood fan visiting the Lake District, a trip to Francine’s is a must as they offer freshly prepared lobster that is nothing short of perfection.

5.  Aira Force

You may not find a cafe or restaurant when you visit Aira Force, but pack up a basket of goodies and take a trip to one of the areas most popular waterfalls for arguably the most picturesque picnic for miles.

Said to be the inspiration by William Wordsworth’s famous ‘Daffodils’ poem, it was referenced directly by Wordsworth in various pieces of his work and as soon as you come across the water flowing down the side of the peak, you’ll soon be as compelled as he was and want to stay all day - so make sure you pack a hearty picnic!

The Lake District is a fantastic place to visit, but it’s becoming increasingly popular for people to stay in All Inclusive or Full Board accommodation.  As great as this can be on occasion, by going self catering in the Lake District, not only does it so often work out cheaper, but you get to sample food from these five culinary gems - and so many more.