Grasmere is a village in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England. Known for its natural beauty, Grasmere has been described as one of the Lake District’s most picturesque villages. The peaks of the hills and fells of the Lakes offer truly breathtaking views.
If you are visiting the village of Grasmere and are looking for restaurants, this guide is for you!
These restaurants are ranked in no particular order, and it is not an exhaustive list.
The Jumble Room
A small stone building dating to the 18th century, Grasmere’s first shop is now a quirky, family-run restaurant. The menu focuses on using organic, locally sourced ingredients and is an eclectic mix of international and traditional British.
Lebanese lamb stuffed aubergine, served with a roast vegetable, date and rose couscous, harissa roast carrots, feta, and a minted tahini dressing.
The Old Stamp House
The Old Stamp House is a Michelin star restaurant which serves food inspired by the landscape that surrounds it created by chef Ryan Blackburn.The seasonal fine dining menus pay homage to the area’s food heritage, its people, and its rich cultural heritage. The accompanying wine list features carefully selected bottles from both Old and New World wineries.
Lunch or dinner tasting menu.
The Britannia Inn
This 500-year-old pub, restaurant and inn is nestled in the breathtaking Langdale Valley at the heart of the English Lake District. Indulge in hearty, traditional British food from grilled haggis with housemade plum jam to tender steak and real ale gravy pie.
Tender steak and real ale gravy encased with light suet pastry, with fresh vegetables.
Lanty Slee’s serve sharing plates, wines, champagne and fine cocktails made from their line of home-crafted spirits. Many describe it as Grasmere’s ‘hidden gem’ with a ‘vibrant atmosphere.’
Mezze board with cooked ham, milano salami, cambozola, garlic red pepper olives, semi dried cherry tomatoes, baby gherkin, hummus celery, piccalilli, pickled beetroot & silverskin onions, sourdough crispbread.
The Forest Side
Set in a gothic, Lakeland mansion this Michelin star restaurant serves creative dishes full of vibrant colours, which are a combination of interesting and unusual flavours. They use the freshest ingredients, with 90% of ingredients being sourced within 10 miles of the Forest Side. Choose from a 4 or 6 course menus for lunch, or a 4 or 8 course menus.
Monkfish roasted in cultured butter, garden alliums, pike roe and buttermilk.
The 16th century coaching inn serves an extensive menu featuring local and provincial dishes.
Full of old charm and character, enjoy the beer garden in the summer and an open fire for the winter charming.
Queen scallops, cream seafood sauce & crisp pancetta linguine.
Lewis’s Bistro is a family-run restaurant that seats 24 guests. It has a hearty, home cooked menu with a wide range of gluten free dishes. From Cumbrian fillet steak to Whitby scampi, there is something to suit all appetites.
Cumbrian 6oz 30 day matured fillet steak served with homemade chips, mushroom, onion rings, vine tomato and dressed salad.
1769 Bar & Restaurant
Enjoy a wide choice of classic pub food in the rustic and welcoming atmosphere of 1769 Bar & Restaurant. From homemade sourdough pizzas, the pie of the day or beer battered fish and chips, you’ll be sure to find something you love.
Mozzarella, chicken pesto sourdough pizza.
Poet’s Cafe Bar
Inspired by the numerous influential, famous and highly talented local poets, writers, and other artists who have hailed from the area, enjoy a flavoursome meal in one of the finest spots in the Lake District.
Roast beef, caramelised onion & mustard mayo ciabatta.
Tweedies Bar is an award winning, family run hotel and restaurant. It offers a relaxed experience, using the freshest ingredients to create mouthwatering meals. Pair your lunch and evening meal with a fine selection of wines and beers.
Beer battered Fleetwood haddock, hand cut chips, mushy peas & chunky tartare sauce.
Indulge in a wide choice of delicious dishes in this charming pub, while overlooking the stunning views of Helm Crag. Pair your meal with carefully selected wines from around the world which will suit every taste.
6oz chuck steak burger served in a toasted sesame brioche bun with smoked cheddar, gem lettuce, tomato and pickles, topped with ICG burger sauce. Served with fries.
Green’s Cafe & Bistro
Green’s Cafe specialises in organic, healthy food. Here you can try handmade cakes, pasta, fresh salads, sandwiches and jacket potatoes. They serve a wide selection of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian food and are recommended by the ‘National Coeliac Society’.
Toasted wrap with homemade pea and chickpea falafel, halloumi, served with a dressed mixed salad, tortilla crisps and a lime and coriander dip.
Grasmere is famous for its breathtaking natural surroundings and its association with the famous English poet William Wordsworth, who once described Grasmere as “the most loveliest spot that man hath found.”
Explore the charming village of Grasmere, the surrounding hills and the scenic Grasmere Lake. Visit Dove Cottage, the former home of poet William Wordsworth, to learn about his life and literary contributions. You can make the short trip to St. Oswald’s Church to visit the place of rest of the late, great Wordsworth.
Yes, you are able to walk around Grasmere Lake. The best way to enjoy the lake is to walk the circular trail, from Grasmere Village. Explore the banks of Grasmere Lake, taking in breathtaking views over the water and surrounding mountains, scenic woodland paths, and some historic sites.