In the Lake District Each pretty rural village seems to have its own food icon, from Kendal mint cake to Cartmel sticky toffee pudding and Grasemere gingerbread.
The area is also famed for its mature lamb (called hogget) and Cumberland sausages, which you will find on almost all pub and B&B menus. There are numerous celebrated restaurants on the shores of the lakes and many fantastic gastropubs too.
With so much delicious food to fit in, however will you choose where to eat?
Luckily, BabyBreaks has researched the best child-friendly restaurants in The Lake District, so you can plan your mealtimes with ease.
1. Baba Ganoush
A great place for a quick bite and takeaway lunch boxes, this popular deli serves amazing vegetarian food with a Mediterranean influence. Think tasty quiches, zingy colourful salads and freshly squeezed juices. The kids will love the meze style eating which allows them try a little taste of lots of dishes – perfect for small appetites.
Phone: 01539 731072
2. Picnic by the Lake
Picnics are a really popular way for families in the Lake District as they are a great way to refuel halfway through your walk or cycle. Rest your legs and admire the amazing views as you tuck into tasty treats bought from your local shops. There are numerous dedicated Picnic Sites around the lakes where you can set up, with facilities like toilets and tables with benches.
Three of our favourite picnic spots are Tarn Hows which has a 3km circular walk around it, Latrigg for magnificent views over Derwent Water, and Castlerigg Stone Circle -a neolithic monument offering a 360 degree view of the surrounding fells.
3. Hazelmere Bakery and Café
The smell of warm pastry emanating from this bakery is enough to make anyone’s mouth water, even more so if you have spent the morning hiking, kayaking or cycling! The cafe has a buzzing atmosphere all day long as it does a roaring trade serving freshly made sandwiches, cakes and coffee to tourists and locals. The outdoor seating is a lovely spot to sit and relax in the summer.
Phone: 015395 32972
4. Cartmel Village Shop
This now world-famous shop is the home is the home of Cartmel’s most famous export, sticky toffee pudding. The cafe upstairs serves the original recipe pud in all its sickly sweet glory, as well as other cakes, soup and light bites. A must try for your stay in the Lakes! In the shop you can pick up some edible souvenirs, with sticky toffee flavoured everything on offer – biscuits chocolates, fudge and more.
Phone: 015395 36280
5. Cuckoo Brow Inn
A charming, traditional pub situated in a quiet village near the National Trust home of Beatrix Potter. Family and dog friendly, it is popular with walkers and cyclists, being surrounded by some beautiful routes winding through the countryside towards Lake Windermere.
Downstairs you’ll find roaring fires, real ales and local produce on the menu, while upstairs there are 14 classic bedrooms, in case you want to stay the night.
Phone: 015394 43425
Visiting The Lake District with children is a great opportunity for a Family Break. The county features great kids-friendly restaurants, exciting outdoor activities, indoor attractions for young children and last but not least a great selection of accommodations that will satisfy parents with a large family or with their toddlers.
At BabyBreaks, we have kept a limited choice of activities, restaurants and hotels so that you can prepare your trip to The Lake District without browsing the Internet for endless hours. So if you are looking to be inspired to visit The Lake District for your next family weekend, just visit our different The Lake District pages to find what this destination has to offer.
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