Fine Dining in the Lake District

If you are looking for ways to make your Lakelovers Gold experience even more special, then fine dining in the Lake District is sure to be on your list. No matter which part of the region you are visiting, you will have options galore right at your fingertips and so bon appetite.

Windermere has 2 Michelin restaurants close to its eastern shore; the Samling and Holbeck Ghyll.

The Samling

Recently redeveloped, the Samling employs head chef Nick Edgar to research and create tantalising dishes in collaboration with food experts from around the world.

The ground-breaking seed exchange project is an important part of the restaurant philosophy and brings in seeds from at home and internationally, to be grown in the Samling’s kitchen garden.

The Samling was awarded a Michelin Star in 2017 and brings delights such as salmon, gooseberry, elderflower and sorrel for your enjoyment.

Hrishi, Gilpin Spice

For a more exotic dining experience, the Hrishi at the Gilpin Spice, Windermere, serves up beautifully prepared and spiced dishes in ornate surroundings.

Meat and fish dishes such as pancetta wrapped confit lamb shoulder, baby aubergine, asparagus, torched cucumber, masala sauce sit alongside a sumptuous puddings, like a warm almond tart, garriguette strawberries, black pepper meringue, balsamic jelly and basil ice cream.

Hrishi, with 1 Michelin star, draws upon Cumbria’s history as a centre of the spice trade for much of the inspired food it creates.

Holbeck Ghyll

Once owned by the “Yellow Earl”, Lord Lonsdale, Holbeck Ghyll is now lorded as one of the best restaurants in the North.

Situated at the north of Windermere and within easy striking distance of Ambleside, Holbeck Ghyll effortlessly combines incredible food and views of the stunning countryside surrounding it.


The Forest Side

Further north in Grasmere is the Forest Side where head chef Kevin Tickle is an expert forager and ambassador for Cumbrian luxury bag brand Chapman Bags. Tickle plucks a lot of the ingredients used in his dishes straight from “England’s glorious larder” and 90% of the ingredients used come from within 10 miles of the restaurant.

Not surprising then that dishes with names like ‘Will and Emma’s Herdwick Hogget’, ‘Hay Custard’ and ‘Hedgerow Shenanigans’ are featured on the Forest Side menu.


Cartmel in the south, is home to L’Enclume, the only restaurant in the Lake District with 2 Michelin Stars. Here organic fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs are grown on the restaurants 12-acre farm and along with locally sourced produce, take centre stage on L’Enclume’s menu.

A sample of what may be in store is the delightfully named ‘Aynsome vegetable infusion, herbs and flowers’.

Owner and head chef Simon Rogan presents menus that change with the seasons and that will inspire the most ardent gastro-connoisseur.

The Drunken Duck

Finally, to the west of Windermere, lying between Hawkshead and Ambleside, you will find the Drunken Duck. The Duck is a great place to enjoy a glass of Champaign or try a pint of real ale from its award winning Barngates Brewery situated on site.

It also has a fantastic restaurant, serving sophisticated and innovative dishes that has made it somewhat of an institution for those with a long standing passion for fine dining in the Lake District.

Fabulous fine dining can make your Lakelovers Gold experience all the more memorable and so please share your experiences of these or any other great restaurants with us through our social media channels or email. We’d Love to hear from you.

Image © The Forest Side ‘Line Caught Halibut, Charred Lettuce, Oyster Caviar’

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