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 and food. We time it an 80 minute walk from the house. You could call a taxi to take you back home.

Hawkshead Brewery, Staveley - bar to sample all the brews and a lounge serving food upstairs (and of course Brewery tours). Always busy and it’s packed with cyclists weekend lunchtimes. Closes c. 7pm in the evening so head to the Eagle and Child after that.

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 - decent food, nice pub with log fires. Dogs welcome

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

The Punch Bowl, Crossthwaite - even smarter, very good food, can sit in the bar with dogs. Booking required.

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

Waterhead coffee shop - on the waterfront in Ambleside does good cream teas

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)