Eating & drinking

The Lake District is brimming with eateries. Here’s a selection of decent, close-by places. Please let us know other good ones you come across! All pubs will take dogs and we’ve marked the restaurants that do too.


Eagle & Child Pub, Staveley - a lovely pub with good ales, OK food. We time it an 80 minute walk from the house. You could call a taxi to take you back home.

Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley - there's a bar here, and a lounge serving food upstairs. We hear good reviews and it’s packed with cyclists weekend lunchtimes.

Wilf's Cafe, Staveley - great for a hot snack during the day

More Artisan Bakery, Staveley - you can eat on stools or outside tables here or takeaway. Fantastic food especially the hot sandwiches, pies, bread, cakes, marmalade…

Mr Duffin's Coffee, Staveley - who'd have thought, a coffee roastery in Staveley

Watermill Inn, Ings - really good pub food and very cheery service

Strickland Arms, Sizergh Castle - cracking food, nice pub

The Wild Boar, Crook - a bit smarter, excellent food. Dogs allowed in bar.

Lakeland Store Cafe, Windermere - great for lunch or afternoon tea

Chesters by the River, Skelwith Bridge - dog friendly, also a store attached. Gets very busy in high season.

Takeaways - Staveley Chippy - but be careful it closes relatively early, or More Bakery does fantastic hot sandwiches and pies to take away, but again won't be open in the evenings.

Windermere is your best bet for Chinese or Curry (also sit-down) where there are a bunch clustered just below the station - Prince of India, or Golden Mountain. For Thai, Jintana in either Kendal or Ambleside.

Special treat

Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in Cartmel, just south of the Lake District National Park is a two-star Michelin riverside restaurant that also boasts a chef’s table ‘Aulis’ for that extra culinary experience.

Closer to home fine dining can be had at the Samling Hotel between Windermere and Ambleside, Lake Road Kitchen in Ambleside, The Gilpin Hotel between Staveley and Bowness (named after the Kentmere ‘lords of the manor’), and the Punch Bowl Inn (a ‘restaurant with rooms’) at Crossthwaite, just beyond Crook. - 015395 36362 (37 miles) - 015394 31922 (10 miles) - 015394 22012 (12 miles) - 015394 88818 (8 miles) - 015395 68237 (10 miles)