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Food & Drink in the Lake District

A self-catering holiday offers an independence that is rarely found in other types of holiday. Not tied to a schedule or itinerary, you are free to take your holiday at your own pace.

All of our self-catering Lake District cottages have fully fitted kitchens that are perfect for you to whip up many culinary delights during your stay with us. But with so many fantastic pubs and restaurants nearby, you may want to eat out.

We’ve got together a list of our favourite places to eat and drink should you want to sample the local cuisine.

Mortal Man Inn

The Mortal Man Inn has stunning views of the rugged fells of Troutbeck Valley, which is close by to our holiday cottages in Ambleside and Windermere.

The Mortal Man Inn boasts one of the best gardens in the whole of the UK, but the pub classics and delicate special dishes that are on offer are certainly worth trying. Everything is freshly prepared and they have a very good reputation for their Sunday roasts.

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• Tel: 015394 33193

Mortal Man Inn

Stiles of Ambleside

Stiles is a family-run coffee shop in the middle of Ambleside. It serves locally roasted coffee and good quality reasonably priced food. With their extensive menu you are sure to find something to suit everybody – choose from breakfast to sandwiches and soup. Their cakes are all hand made on the premises too.

You really can relax and watch the world go by at Stiles!

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• Tel: 015394 33585

Stiles of Ambleside

Rothay Manor Hotel

Rothay Manor has a long standing reputation for excellent food and wine coupled with a friendly and efficient service. The restaurant and comfortable lounges are open every day for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

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• Tel: 015394 33605

Hole in t' Wall

This splendid, traditional, 400-year-old Lake District Inn is based in Bowness. It is a wonderful warm welcoming pub with a super selection of Jennings Ale, fantastic pub food, and is well worth a visit while in the area.

If Susie has the BBQ Ribs on the special board they are a must!! This is a proper old pub, how pubs should be....

Live Music on select nights. Food Hours: Sunday - Thursday 12noon - 2.30pm & 6pm - 8.00pm: Friday & Saturday 12noon - 7pm.

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The Red Lion

Steve and Lucia at The Red Lion will give you a warm welcome to this traditional Lakeland family-run Inn.

The Inn is just two miles from Coniston Water and offers home-cooked, good old-fashioned pub grub and a choice of regularly changing excellent cask ales (Camra Member).

An acoustic jam night is hosted every second Thursday in the month at the pub, and if you have a pet with you on your holiday, then you can bring them with you.

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• Tel: 01229 885 366

Ship Inn Coniston

Overlooking the town of Coniston and just a short walk away from the lake where Donald Campbell made his final attempt at the water speed record, the Ship Inn is perfectly located for walkers and visitors to the Lake District.

Visitors can expect to enjoy scrumptious food and a range of ales, lagers and ciders.

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• Tel: 0161 612 4061

The Old Crown

Located in Hesket Newmarket to the north of the Lake District National Park, The Old Crown was the first registered co-operatively owned pub in the UK.

This means this super little pub is owned by around 150 local, national and international customers and supporters.

Real ales brewed by the Hesket Newmarket Brewery, ciders, lagers, wines and a range of soft drinks mean that you have plenty of choice when it comes to beverages. The food is also home cooked and snacks are available to those of you that are just feeling a little bit peckish.

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• Tel: 016974 78288

Image Credit: Mortal Man Inn, Stiles of Ambleside, Stiles of Ambleside.