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Eating & Drinking

Places to eat and drink around Ullswater, the Lake District.

Eating and drinking in Ullswater
Clockwise from top left: (1) Another Place at Watermillock, (2) The Quiet Bar at The Quiet Site by Ullswater, (3) 1863 Bistro at Pooley Bridge, (4) Local ales at the Punchbowl Inn, Pooley Bridge.

Eat & Drink around Ullswater

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in the villages around Ullswater and further afield in towns such as Penrith and Keswick. The following are just a few suggestions with their distance from the cottage, but there are many more to explore.

Bennethead & Watermillock

Brackenrigg Inn

Website • 0.6 miles
The closest pub to the cottage. Food is served in both the bar and restaurant, and it has its own microbrewery.

The Quiet Bar

Website • 0.8 miles
An atmospheric bar with its own “The Quiet Pint” by Lakeland’s Tirril Brewery.

Another Place

Website • 0.9 miles
Hotel with restaurant on the shores of the lake.

Pooley Bridge

Pooley Bridge is approximately 2.4 miles from our cottages.

1863 Restaurant

Website • 12.7 miles
Bistro serving seasonal local food.

Granny Dowbekin’s

Website • 12.9 miles
Tea room and gardens beside the river that also does excellent breakfasts.

Crown Inn

Website • 12.2 miles

Sun Inn

Website • 12.1 miles

Pooley Bridge Inn

Website • 12.2 miles


The Royal Hotel

Website • 5.9 miles
This family-run hotel has a good restaurant and bar. There is an 8.5 mile circular walk from the cottage to Aira Force via Gowbarrow Fell which has stunning views of Ullswater as well as very varied scenery. The Royal is only a few hundred yards off the route, about half-way, so is an ideal place to take a break for a meal or a drink.


Askham is approximately 5.8 miles from our cottages. Instead of driving the whole way, there is a pleasant walk across the fells from Pooley Bridge to Askham which takes an hour or so.

Askham Hall

Website • 11.5 miles
Michelin-starred restaurant specialising in local produce.

Queen’s Head

Website • 12 miles
A pub with a difference in the heart of Askham serving freshly cooked healthy, hearty food.


Website • 12.2 miles
A traditional characterful pub serving fresh food with a friendly atmosphere.

Southern Shore of Ullswater

Sharrow Bay Hotel

Website • 4.6 miles
Lakeside hotel with superb views on the far side of the lake.

Howtown Hotel

Website • 6.3 miles
Traditional family-owned hotel with a restaurant using locally-sourced ingredients.

Further Afield

Here are a tiny selection of possible restaurants in the area that we have enjoyed personally or on which we have had good reports.

Four and Twenty

Website • Penrith • 7.8miles

Morrels Restaurant

Website • Keswick • 14.6 miles

Cottage in the Wood

Website • Braithwaite • 18.3 miles


Website • Cartmel • 34 miles
The number one restaurant in the UK according to the Good Food Guide 2020.

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Restaurants in Penrith

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