Cartmel Area Food & Drink
Cartmel holds a rare distinction to be 1 of only 3 villages in Britain to have more than 1 restaurant that currently hold a Michelin star
3 Michelin stars, 5 AA rosettes and lots more awards as well as being consistently rated as 1 of the top 10 restaurants in Britain. Owner/chef Simon Rogan is also rated as 1 of the world’s best chefs.
A lot of the food comes from their own organic farm 1 mile away.
You usually need to book several weeks or months ahead, literally.
The shorter lunch menu is a very popular choice and easier to get a booking for. Booking is essential https://www.lenclume.co.uk/ Tel: 015395 36362
ROGAN & COMPANY, CARTMEL
Cartmel’s 2nd Michelin starred restaurant.
Owned by Simon Rogan (L’Enclume), with a very talented head chef at the helm.
Rogan & Co. has now become one of Cumbria’s best restaurants.
What might sound simple on the menu often ends up with a few pleasant, subtle additions on the plate.
Booking is essential. Check website for opening hours and to book online:- https://www.roganandco.co.uk/ or Tel:- 015395 535917
HEFT, HIGH NEWTON – LA11 6JH
Exciting new restaurant and pub that opened in Spring 2021.
Owned by chef Kevin Tickle who is a very respected and talented chef from the South Lakes. Kevin quickly gained a Michelin star when he was head chef at the
Forrest Side hotel in Grasmere before deciding to own and run his own restaurant/bar/pub.
The food is excellent and Kevin will almost certainly get a new shiny Michelin star soon.
In addition to the restaurant, the pub itself is a lovely Lakeland pub serving great beer and wine etc. plus what they call ‘bar snacks’. These vary weekly from totally homemade sausage rolls (I’ve never had a better sausage roll in my life), charcuterie and maybe a pudding.
Dogs and well-behaved children are allowed in the bar.
Booking is essential for the restaurant. Check website for opening hours and to book online:- https://hefthighnewton.co.uk
THE ESTUARY BISTRO, GRANGE-OVER-SANDS
Neighbourhood bistro and bar offering relaxed, casual dining and drinks.
Stylish bistro with a laid back ambience. Great local seasonal produce from the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.
Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm
All the below pubs are dog & children friendly. I don’t know of any pubs in Cumbria that are not dog & children friendly
THE CAVENDISH ARMS, Cartmel
Most people’s choice as the best pub food in Cartmel. Dog & child friendly.
Tables at the front and at the rear by the stream.
PIG & WHISTLE, Cartmel
Good pub and bistro food.
Lovely, peaceful beer garden at the back with great views across the fields towards Cartmel Priory. Dog & child friendly.
Booking for food is advisable as the pub is small but has 2 other dining rooms
CARTMEL WINE BAR & OSCARS
Opposite Cartmel Cheese shop. Constantly evolving, a really great wine bar with 2 indoor seating areas and tables & chairs on the terrace (heated in colder months). Usually a choice of 16 wines by the glass plus a good selection of gin, vodka, whisky and malt. They also offer a ‘cheese board’ from Cartmel Cheese shop to go with your wine. Open during the day most days and evenings. Upstairs is David Unsworth’s latest creation, Oscars. An extension to the wine bar but now serving ‘small plates’ food. Check to see current opening hours – https://www.facebook.com/Cartmel-Drinkshop-Wine-Snug-143641742356958
UPLANDS INN & RESTAURANT, Cartmel
Up Haggs Lane opposite the Pig & Whistle. Nice bar and garden with lovely views. Dog and children friendly. Best to check to see current opening hours.
MANOR HOUSE, OXEN PARK, LA12 8HG
Literally in the middle of nowhere, this is our current favourite South Lakes pub.
It’s 20 minutes drive from Cartmel, despite Google saying it’s longer. Free House serving very good pub food and excellent, well-kept local ales. Fantastic fish & chips and Sunday roasts. Lovely south facing beer garden. Booking recommended
MASONS ARMS, STRAWBERRY BANK nr BOWLAND BRIDGE- LA11 6NW
Free House. Concentrating more on food, but still a special place. Seats on the heated terrace give you one of the best pub views in England. If you’ve got kids, get there early to get a table. If you haven’t got kids arrive after 8pm to avoid the crowds or book a table upstairs. Drive there via A5074 Lyth Valley/Bowland Bridge or turn right at bottom of Lake Windermere towards Bowland Bridge (opp. Fell Foot Park) No dogs inside now before 9pm. Tel: 01539 68486
CAFÉ’S, DELI’S & GREAT PLACES TO BUY LOCAL FOOD
CARTMEL CHEESE SHOP
Next to Cartmel Wine Shop. One of the best cheese shops in the UK! Stored at the perfect temperature & humidity. Great selection, bought seasonally when the cheese is at its best-reflected in the price. Taste the difference between a cheese you might see cheaper in a supermarket and 1 stored at its best here. Home-made and baked pizza at the weekend.
CARTMEL VILLAGE SHOP-THE SQUARE, CARTMEL
Home of the famous Sticky Toffee pudding and much more. A great shop and deli. Lots of local produce. Very good sandwiches made to order too. A must visit shop. Café upstairs too!
HOLKER HALL CAFÉ & RESTAURANT
Great local produce from their own tenant farmers. The café/bistro serves good homemade meals & snacks too.
FAT FLOUR BAKERY
Now located in Flookburgh Village Square. 2 miles due south. Lovely bread, sourdough, cakes, pastries etc, all baked at their bakery in the village. Open 8am-1.30pm Tuesday to Saturday.
HIGGINSON’S BUTCHERS, GRANGE
Voted best butcher in Britain but I think the meat is better at Peter Hutchinson’s in Greenodd. Great home-made pies, hams, sausages etc. The best pork pies in Cumbria in my opinion.
Around the corner is their takeaway serving lots of their own produce, breakfasts, roasts and ready to eat meals etc.
HAZELMERE BAKERY & CAFÉ, GRANGE
Near Grange rail station in the ‘Georgian Terrace’. Home-baked, additive-free bread, cakes, pies, made to order sandwiches and much more. Huge list of teas as they are importers of fine and exquisite teas from around the world. Free parking right outside if you can get a space or park at the car park just up the hill. Dog friendly.
LOW SIZERGH BARN FARM SHOP
Award-winning range of local cheeses and lots of other quality, interesting foods and gifts. Take the kids to the tearooms to watch the cows at milking time through the window.
THE FAMOUS MORECAMBE BAY BROWN SHRIMPS
A world-class delicacy. There are only 3 local shrimping families left in Flookburgh. They sell their seasonal catch from their homes and this might include plaice and other flat fish too.
Why not have breakfast at one of the wonderful local cafés, including some of the great ones in Grange – a good time saving idea on departure day
See our lovely Cartmel Valley cottages here