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Where to Eat & Drink

We’re spoilt for choice in this area with many award winning restaurants and gastro-pubs serving predominantly local produce. It’s very difficult to pick out the best but here’s our current personal recommendations:

The Highwayman, Burrow, nr.Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2RJ

Great to walk up to The Highwayman on a summers evening. Excellent seasonal regional cookery and British classics. Thwaites ales, excellent wine list, stone floors, crackling log fires in winter, fabulous walled garden for summer alfresco dining. (Don’t forget to take the torch for the walk back at night though!)

The Sun Inn 6 Market Street, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AU

Superb meals created from fresh local ingredients, good range of local award winning cask and keg beers with guest ales from the area, varied wine list (would highly recommend the Prosecco!) Flag stone and oak floors, roaring log fires in winter, simple furniture and feather cushion window seats create a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere at this 17th century pub/ restaurant.

The Royal Barn New Lane, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AB

Great atmosphere, great place for a beer – they brew their own!

The Punch Bowl Inn Crosthwaite,Lyth Valley,Cumbria, LA8 8HR

Definitely one of my favourites; a little further afield but worth the effort: great for a drink, a meal or why not indulge in one of their afternoon cream teas! Divine setting in the Lyth Valley.

The Fenwick, Lancaster Road, Claughton, LA2 9LA

If you like fish you absolutely must visit The Fenwick to savour their fresh fish brought in daily to the restaurant from Fleetwood. (They do also offer meat dishes for non-pescatarians!).

Platos, 2 Mill Brow, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AT

Home cooking with a twist made from fresh ingredients sourced from the doorstep, great wine, real ale. Serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, early evening tapas and dinner.

The Plough Cow Brow, Lupton, nr Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 1PJ

A wide variety of dishes served alongside an impressive wine list (many served by the glass) and local hand pulled ales in a beautiful open space with wood burning stoves, stunning oak beams and antique furniture.

Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge, LA6 2JJ

Hipping Hall is the place to go for a splurge – excellent food and wine served in a delightful English country house setting with service that is attentive and professional without being snooty. For the experience without the price tag go for Sat/Sun lunch.

The Drunken Duck Inn Barngates, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0NG

Great Lake District restaurant and bar. Fantastic food – predominantly local seasonal produce; real ales (some from their own brewery), fine wine; great ambience. Booking essential for evening but just turn up at lunch and order at the bar.

The Masons Arms Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell, Grange over Sands,Cumbria, LA11 6NW

A real Lake District inn, great atmosphere, great food – again predominantly locally sourced – great beers, excellent wines.