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Luxury Gastro Breaks in the Lake District


If you’re craving a luxury gastro break and some fine dining, there are few better places in the country to visit that the Lake District. Heralded as the new gastronomic capital, the Lakes is home to a wealth of eateries offering astounding food in some equally impressive settings.

Eating out forms such an important part of any luxury break so we’ve put together a selection of the region’s best restaurants to whet your appetite. 


L’Enclume, Cartmel

Simon Rogan’s prestigious fine-dining restaurant has two Michelin stars and a development kitchen that has been at the cutting-edge of culinary innovation for several years.

The emphasis remains on high-quality seasonal and local ingredients and on their ‘farm to table’ philosophy; in fact much of their produce is grown on their own 12-acre farm.

The new ‘Aulis’ experience gives diners a unique and interactive dining experience in one of the UK’s most high-tech kitchens and a seat at the chef’s table gives a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes.

The unique setting of L’Enclume next to the River Eea in the quaint village of Cartmel makes it the perfect setting for a sensory dining experience.


The Samling, Windermere

The stunning new restaurant of this Michelin starred establishment boasts one of the very finest views in the Lake District. From the elevated position of the glass-panelled seating area unfolds a panoramic view of Lake Windermere and the mountains beyond. The terrace takes you one step closer to this impressive landscape.

Equally as awe-ispiring is the menus on offer. Select from a tasting, seasonal or signature menu. Being set within 67 acres means that there’s plenty of room for a kitchen garden. The Samling uses progressive growing techniques and runs a seed exchange with some of the best restaurants in the world in order to ensure the best possible ingredients for use in their dishes. They even have their own chickens, quails and Mangalista pigs!


Cottage in the Woods, Keswick

The address of this restaurant alone provides enough appeal to warrant a visit; Cottage in the Woods, Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest… who could resist?

The allure of this renovated 17th Century traveller’s inn comes not only from its mountainside position amongst woodland and nature, but from the distinctive menu which changes daily and has, at its heart, the flavours and abundance of the forest.

The menus feature locally sourced delights like Herdwick Hogget and fresh fish from Whitehaven harbor, with a carefully chosen wine menu to match.


The Forest Side, Grasmere

Set in a stunning Victorian mansion this restaurant has is all, including a Michelin star. Extensive rebuilding and renovation of this old building have resulted in some stunning spaces, not least the light-filled dining room which leads to a terrace overlooking the lawns, offering glimpses of the lake beyond.

The emphasis is on quality, locally-sourced produce; 90% of their ingredients are sourced from within 10 miles of the restaurant. It is hoped that in the not too distant future a large amount will come from their very own kitchen garden which features over a hundred raised beds.


When you’re ready to walk off the excesses of your luxury gastro-adventure, we can recommend some beautiful Lake District walks. To sleep it off, take a look at our range of luxury cottages, which provide the perfect base from which to explore all this abundant area has to offer. 

For more ideas for the best place to dine see our dining out guide