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Family enjoying tea and scones on the veranda outside the cafe at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria
Family enjoying tea and scones on the veranda outside the cafe at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Places to eat in the Lake District

The Lake District is full of places to eat, whether you want to bring your own food and picnic against the backdrop of beautiful views, eat in somewhere with a great selection of food, or grab a takeaway drink to take with you on your spring walk. 

Places to eat in the Lake District

Here are some of the Lake District's best eating options for tucking into something tasty outdoors or enjoying a meal inside.

Visitors at the Boathouse Cafe, Fell Foot, in Cumbria
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Eating at Fell Foot 

Whether you're after a coffee to take with you on your walk, brunch or an ice cream treat mid-adventure, you'll be well catered for at Fell Foot.

Visitors in the tearoom at Aira Force, Ullswater, Cumbria
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Eating at Aira Force 

Pay a visit to the Aira Force tea-room for hot and cold drinks, home bakes, sandwiches, pasties and ice creams. You can eat in, take away or even bring a picnic.

Café in the Courtyard at Claife Viewing Station on Windermere West Shore, Lake Disrict, Cumbria
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Eating and drinking at Claife Viewing Station 

Joey’s Café at Claife Viewing Station serves as a cosy pit-stop for those walking up to the station or setting out along the west shore. Will it be a slice of freshly baked cake or a frothy coffee?

Visitors in the cafe at Sizergh, Cumbria
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Eating and shopping at Sizergh 

Can we tempt you to afternoon tea in the café, a new pair of gardening gloves from the shop or a pre-loved book during your visit to Sizergh?

Oreo cake JOEYS cafe, Wray
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Eating at Wray 

Need some refreshment during your visit to Wray? Our partners at JOEY's Café offer a wide range of snacks and drinks to help you refuel before or after your adventures.

Perfect picnic spots in the Lake District

Bring along some goodies to enjoy your lunch in the fresh air amidst the Lake District's iconic landscape.

The cream exterior of Allan Bank house on a sunny day
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Allan Bank and Grasmere 

Make yourself at home and tuck into your favourite picnic treats in the quiet garden overlooking Grasmere. If it rains, there’s even an indoor space for you to enjoy the food you brought.

Ambleside, Cumbria

Fully open today
The exterior of Wray Castle  Cumbria
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Wray 

Bring your picnic and enjoy lake views of Windermere against the backdrop of Wray Castle. Grab a bench on the terrace or lay down your mat on the West Lawn or Shingle Beach.

Ambleside, Cumbria

Fully open today
View of the Active Base and jetties from the lake, on an early morning in spring
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Fell Foot 

Unroll your blanket on the grassy lawns and enjoy a picnic on the shores of Windermere at Fell Foot. At weekends, the Ice Cream parlour is open for a sweet treat.

Windermere, Cumbria

Fully open today
The front elevation of the castle at Sizergh, Cumbria
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Sizergh 

Head to one of Sizergh's picnic tables dotted around the gardens and take in the seasonal sounds around you. The café sells hot drinks, fresh cakes and pastries and ice cream if you want to top up your supplies.

near Kendal, Cumbria

Fully open today
Two Herdwick sheep sitting in the grass with Wastwater and the surrounding mountains in the background on a spring day

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