Local Food & Drink

culinary delights in & around windermere

Food & Drink in the Lake DistrictLucy Cooks - A fabulous Cookery School situated in Staveley Mill Yard, just over 3 miles from Lingmoor Guest House. It has a fresh and vibrant approach, where you will be inspired, educated and above all entertained!

Whether you're 9 or 90, they offer a whole range of individual one day practical courses and distinctly different demonstrations, designed to suit everyone from novice to Nigella... a course for all reasons and all seasons!

The Lake District has some of the best local producers in the country; simple loaves from local bakeries, original gingerbread, real ale and damson gin are just but a few of the mouthwatering specialties of the culinary masterpieces available for you to indulge in whilst holidaying in the Lake District.

There are a host of award–winning restaurants, pubs, cafes and tea rooms many of whom using the delicious local produce. In fact Cumbria – The Lake District has more Michelin starred restaurants than anywhere else outside of London.

Pub’s & Inns in The Lake District

If you fancied a holiday of total indulgence and relaxation the The Lake district offers the perfect place for feasting in the many varied restaurants, pubs and inns. You will be amazed at the very high standard of food delivered from the pubs and Inns, they can reach the standard of some of the finest hotels.

Visit pubs & inns and check out beer festivals on the internet to gain an insight to the treats that await you. There are many real ale pubs here and some even contain their own micro breweries.

Restaurants in The Lake District:
The number of restaurants on offer is phenomenal, so you had better come hungry! We have a guide we have compiled of Local restaurants and pubs on offer here at Lingmoor Guest House to help you decide where you might like to try.

Tearooms & Cafes in The Lakes:
What better way to relax and while away a few hours with a paper amid one of Cumbria’s tearooms. From the quaint to contemporary in appearance, all offering a satisfying selection of homemade cakes and a great cup of English tea.

Cumbria’s Farmer’s Markets:
Popular with visitors and locals alike these give you a real taste of Cumbria. They happen throughout Cumbria on various different days of the week, so simply pick the best location for your days shopping.

Food & Drink Event’s in The Lake District:
Never mind the BBC Good Food Show, come and see what’s on offer here. John Christophe Novelli and Keith Floyd can both be viewed on podcast or vodcast.

The Tea Trail:
A special blend of inspiring scenery, farmhouse produce and a warm Cumbrian welcome. Visit the www.golakes.co.uk site and download a map of the trail.

Farm Shops:
Only selling what’s in season, providing fresh from the fields, we have some wonderful organic shops and artisan food outlets in the region in addition to the farm shops

We have in the area Hawshead brewery in Stavely, just over 3 miles from Lingmoor Guest House. Hawkshead Brewery has been brewing traditional beer styles with a modern twist, in the heart of the English Lake District, since 2002. There is also Jenning’s brewery at Cockermouth who offer a brewery tour, together with some wonderful real ale micro breweries for you to work your way around. Watch out for the beer festivals advertised by the Cumbrian tourist board.

Eating Out in The Lake District

Eating out in Windermere: There are a good selection of places to eat in Windermere: seafood, Thai, Italian, English restaurants and pubs, Indian and Chinese. Below are our favourites:

  1. The Lamplighter – This is a very good bar and restaurant opposite Lingmoor Guesthouse– A very varied and consistently well cooked menu – High Street – 015394 43547
  2. Francines – This is a very good bistro style restaurant with an excellent three course set menu for £17.95. Coffee House closed Monday, open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 3pm. Restaurant Closed Monday & Tuesday, open Wednesday-Sunday 6.15pm - 11pm. 27 Main Road - 015394 44088
  3. The Light House – This is a lovely place to sit and either have a drink or a drink and a bite to eat. Situated in the old acme cinema, its a lovely historic building only 1 minute walk from Lingmoor Guest House. Main Road - 015394 88260

Eating out in Bowness: There are a good selection of places to eat in Bowness: Thai, Italian, English restaurants and pubs, Indian and Chinese and Tapas. Something to suit everybody.

Eating out in Ambleside: There are a good selection of places to eat in Ambleside: Italian, English restaurants and pubs, Indian and Chinese and a good selection of cafe's. Our two favourite's are:

  1. Lucy's on a Plate – Cafe by day, restaurant by night. Only 4 miles from Lingmoor Guest House. After 6pm, they have an evening menu which is typed up every day, so no two days are the same! Church Street - 015394 31191
  2. Lucy 4's – An interactive menu allows you to pick, mix and share their fabulous range of over 75 wines and beers or their delicious menu and blackboard specials with something for everyone-meaty, fishie or veggie. Only 4 miles from Lingmoor Guest House. St Marys Lane - 015394 34666

Lovely Lake District Pubs-a short drive from Lingmoor Guest House - We have tried them all and can personally say they are all excellent.

  1. THE Brown Horse – A traditional 1850s Lake District coaching inn set amidst the scenic splendour of the Winster Valley. - 015394 43443 - Food Served 12.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 21.00hrs Monday to Sunday, 12.00 – 14.00 & 18.00 – 21.00hrs Saturdays. Beautiful food in a lovely setting. Well worth the drive. (From Bowness-on-Windermere take the A5074 to Winster).
  2. The Eagle and Child – Very good food, local ales, log fire, beer garden. (best to book) Kendal Road LA8 9LP - 01539 821320 – Quiz on Thursday nights Fantastic food. (Half way between Windermere and Kendal) Take first turning left to Staveley, go through the village of Staveley and over the bridge. The Pub is on right some parking on left
  3. Queens Head – Lovely Old Inn. Local Ales, Real Fires. Gourmet food. Townhead, LA23 1PW 015394 32174 - Expensive although there is a set menu. From Lingmoor Guest House turn left onto the A591 and at the first roundabout turn right signed Ullswater and Kirkstone Pass A592. The Queens Head is approximately 3 miles up on the left hand side.
  4. The Strickland Arms – The Strickland Arms sits in a fine location on the edge of the Lake District, overlooking the entrance to historic Sizergh Castle, near Kendal. Sizergh - 015395 61010