After a long day of physical exercise, which is what you get when you come to Cumbria. Or even if you just explored the endless country roads on your phone with top taxi apps in UK, it is natural to be ravenous after the completion of the exploration of the countryside.
The fells, coffin route, and the panoramas of Wast Water can get quite tiring. So, once you have worked up an appetite you can make your way to one of the restaurants mentioned in this list as they are some of the best places where you can get authentic English food.
Food trends may come and go but the British cuisine promises to be unrivaled anywhere, Let’s start our list.
The Grasmere Hotel
If you want to immerse yourself completely in the world of Cumbrian cuisine then this is the place to begin. The Grasmere Hotel uses local and seasonal produce.
If you are here start with the home-smoked duck breast accompanied by pomegranate seeds and a honey and thyme dressing. Follow up with either a nice sea-bass fillet or a crispy filo pastry filled with stilton, pear and walnuts and finish with a guinea fowl. It is sure to delight your taste buds. The restaurant has chic cream and overlooks a stunning Cumbrian landscape.
The Old Stamp House Restaurant
This stunning dining space offers diners a chance to eat within the confines of William Wordsworth’s former workplace. This was where the noted poet distributed stamps from 1813-1843.
The food here is curated by award-winning chef and taste Cumbria ambassador Ryan Blackburn. This place climbed up the best culinary experience list very fast. The cuisine deserves a lot more recognition than what it has got going on.
The motto here is simple, create and serve tasty food with special emphasis on local, seasonal produce. Begin your meal with a bottle of bubbly. Followed by unusual treats like deer with red wine spelt and black cherries or if you can dip into the tasting menu. That includes eight courses per diner. The dishes include black pudding bonbons and herwick hogget with gnocchi and vegetables.
What sets Porto apart is its commitment to only use the finest locally sourced ingredients. The style is simple modern British with outer influences. This food is best described as a mix of nostalgia and exotic flavors.
Some dishes you should try out are the traditional, rich smoked haddock with scallops and pan-roasted chicken with arancini. Don’t miss out on the desserts, either three scoops of local handmade ice cream, sorbet made from the famous L’Abeilley dessert wine or the heavenly twice-baked sticky toffee souffle.
This is a contemporary choice for all the people who love seafood and fish dishes. Owner Michael Gould and chef Paul white offer a menu with clear influences from Southeast Asia, Mediterranean, and Australia.
Try out the Cornish sardines with capers and parsley butter, razor clams with pancetta, swordfish with peppercorn sauce and red bream on seafood paella.
The Rattle Ghyll
Any trip to the Lake District cannot be complete without a visit to a traditional tearoom or cafe. The Rattle Ghyll is the perfect place to tick that item off your bucket list. Now for the twist-this place is vegetarian.
If you plan to make a stop during lunch then try the bean chilli with refreshing creme fraiche or the homemade hummus with vegetables, feta, fresh olives and ciabatta.
If you are just stopping for morning coffee and a nice treat then try a tasting plate of cakes, where you can pick out any 5 five from their extensive range of foods.
Broughton Village Cafe
This place is probably the most famous place on this list. Broughton Village Cafe was featured on ITV1s Britain’s Best Bakery as well as Harper’s Bazaar’s list as well. All things produced at the bakery are made in a wood-burning stove along with freshly ground organic coffee and tea, smoothies frappes and hot chocolate.
Other things on the menu are delicious homemade pies, beef stew, chillies, flakey pastries and ploughman sandwiches which have cured ham, pickle, cheese and chutney along with breads. Most things change on a daily basis. So always ask about the specials.
Cumbria is the perfect place if you want to enjoy the true depth of flavors that English cuisine aims to provide. Ensure you hit at least a couple of places on this list. You will not face disappointment.