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Top 5 Places to Visit in the Lake District for Foodie Couples

The Lake District is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, especially for couples on a romantic getaway, thanks to its tranquil lakes and dramatic mountains that exude romance. And if you’re a foodie, you’ll love the Lake District even more. It’s home to excellent gastro pubs, cosy cafes, and fancy restaurants serving local and international fares. 

Here are some of the best places to visit in the Lake District for foodie couples.

Grasmere 

Grasmere is one of Cumbria’s most popular villages, with thriving tourism industry. This picturesque village is nestled at the foot of stunning fells and has a beautiful lake. Home to many cosy shops and restaurants serving delectable meals made from fresh local ingredients, Grasmere is an ideal destination for couples who want to eat at organic cafes and restaurants. 

Lucia’s is a great place to eat breakfast while enjoying the stunning setting of Grasmere. Offering a variety of breakfast choices, from breakfast muffins to croissants and locally made Cumberland sausage rolls, it’s the perfect place to start your day in Grasmere. If you want to indulge in fuller meals, check out Heidi’s of Grasmere, a bright and airy cafe with tons of local food offerings on its menu. 

At lunch, make your way to Mathilde’s Cafe, which features a Scandinavian inspired menu that consists of open sandwiches, mackerel plates, and beef buns. There are also plenty of homemade pastries and cakes to choose from! When dinner comes, head to The Dining room. Here, you can enjoy a romantic fine dining experience in a more relaxed setting. Choose from the perfectly seared steaks and finish your meal with a delicious cheesecake.

Keswick 

The bustling market town of Keswick is a hidden gem of the Lake District, offering a great variety of natural attractions and outdoor adventures. Its charming, cobbled streets are a joy to stroll in, lined with an array of lovely shops, cosy cafes, and great restaurants.

If you’re looking to dine in some cosy pubs, head to the Pheasant Inn, a 7th Century coaching inn with a pub famous for serving traditional hearty fares such as steak, ale pie, and Cumberland sausages. For couples who want to indulge in a fancier, fine dining style restaurant, check out the Horse & Farrier Inn in Threlkeld. 

With so many excellent dining spots to check out in Keswick, one day won’t be enough to discover its interesting food scene. So, consider spending a night or two and make your holiday even more romantic by glamping in the Lake District National Park. There are also numerous Michelin-starred restaurants outside Keswick, such as Windermere and Cartmel. If you fancy some gourmet burgers and fries, check out The Round, also famous for its Wainwright-inspired cocktails. If you’re craving delectable sushi, sashimi, curries, and crispy tempura, The Lodore Falls would be the best place for this. 

Bowness-on-Windermere

Bowness-on-Windermere is a sprawling town along the shores of Windermere and one of the Lake District’s busier towns. It’s ideal for couples looking for more going on whilst eating out. Although most visitors would come here to relax or enjoy water sports, foodie couples will find several delectable culinary offerings to savour. 

For authentic homemade tapas, head to Tapios at Crescent Road. Aside from delicious tapas and paellas, this restaurant also serves a wide range of tasty desserts and mouth-watering sandwiches. In The Angel Inn, you’ll find a modern restaurant with colourful seating and an airy dining room, making it a wonderful place to grab a delicious meal of sweet and savoury foods with no fuss. 

Located along a busy cobbled street just off the lakeshore of Windermere, the Easy Breeze is where you should go to enjoy delicious meals while listening to live music nights during weekends. They serve tasty food all week, including mouth-watering pizza. For couples who love Indian cuisines, Lake Raj is your place. This contemporary restaurant serves high-quality Indian food and a few international offerings.

Ambleside 

Ambleside is a pretty little town in the Lake District that has now become a popular tourist destination, thanks to the numerous resorts that have opened up in the area. Given its stunning landscape, Ambleside is perfect for couples wanting to enjoy delicious foods in a serene and tranquil setting. 

You will not have a hard time looking for great places to eat in the Ambleside since the town has become a haven for foodies, home to a vibrant hub of bars, Lake District pubs you can stay above, cafes, and restaurants. Whether you want to dine at cosy daytime eateries or prefer to indulge in fancy restaurants, Ambleside will have something for you. Enjoy a romantic fine dining experience at Lake Road Kitchen, a dinner-only restaurant at the heart of Ambleside. The menu changes constantly, but the main focus is on using locally sourced quality ingredients. 

If you want to enjoy alfresco meals surrounded by nature, check out the Priest Hole Restaurant and Tea Rooms at the Kelsick Old Hall, one of the oldest buildings in town. The restaurant serves a good selection of homemade Cumbrian/British food accompanied by a great selection of teas and other beverages.

Coniston 

Coniston’s most notable landmark is the Old Man of Coniston, a stunning fell rising dramatically behind the village. This charming village is popular with climbers and walkers. And after a day spent exploring the fells, treat yourself to a broad range of food offerings. Ambleside has several good restaurants, offering many different cuisines, such as Indian and Italian fares and traditional pubs and cafes.

Head to Steam Bistro, which has a relaxing ambience and offers delectable food offerings focusing on seasonal and local produce served in a casual setting. Their cosy dining room offers a welcoming ambience as you experience delectable Cumbrian cuisines. The menu changes regularly according to the season, so there is always something new to look forward to every visit.

Meanwhile, the Bluebird Cafe, uniquely positioned along the shores of the lake, offers a comprehensive menu of freshly made cakes and sandwiches, including delicious breakfasts and lunches.

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