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Eating and drinking in and around Hawkshead Lake District

Whether you’re visiting for the day or staying in the area, you will find a great choice of places to eat and drink in and around Hawkshead.

Cosy country pubs offer hearty, home cooked fare in a friendly environment. Relax by the fire or soak up the sun and watch the world go by: no matter the time of year, they’re the perfect place to relax and refuel. There are also quirky options like a cat bar, for those looking for something a bit different!

Traditional tea rooms and cafes serve up delicious home cooked food, from breakfast and lunch to tea and home baked cakes. Whether in the village centre or on the shores of Esthwaite Water, there’s plenty of choice.

Take away food and drink offers the chance to grab a bite to eat as you explore, or create a picnic for your adventures. Delis and local shops are the perfect place to find everything from sandwiches to freshly baked pies. Explore the village with an ice cream from a local producer, or enjoy coffee and a slice of famous Grasmere Gingerbread®. Want to take something home with you? You’ll also find locally made jams, chutneys, and plenty more.

Not far from Hawkshead, towns and villages like Coniston and Ambleside are home to plenty of pubs, cafés and restaurants; Ambleside also boasts two Michelin starred restaurants. Make Hawkshead your base and enjoy the fantastic local food and drink offering in the village and surrounding areas. You won’t leave hungry!



Sun Cottage Chippy

Family run fish and chip shop serving locally sourced produce. Homemade fish cakes, doner kebabs, half roast chicken, foot long sausages, burgers, pies and many more products.

07597 587521

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The Little Ice Cream Shop

The Little Ice Cream Shop based in Hawkshead serves over 20 flavours of handmade gelato daily which is why it is the top of everyones best places to eat whilst visiting the Lake District.

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Tower Bank Arms

This charming historic Lakeland Inn nestles between Hawkshead and Lake Windermere in the tranquil village of Near Sawrey, next door to Beatrix Potter's beloved Hill Top. Offering food, drink and accommodation, a small, warm and cosy retreat, free of distractions, restful and with charming simplicity. We create the 'Good Old Days' for you to remember with all the ingredients and the right recipe to make your visit truly memorable.

015394 36334

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Exterior at Minstrels Gallery Tearoom

Minstrels Gallery Tearoom

Traditional Lakeland tearoom serving sandwiches, cakes, quiche, soup, over 30 teas and local artisan coffee etc.

Berkeley Square, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NZ


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The Honeypot

Delicatessen and Specialist Gift Food Shop - Family run business for over 26 years.

Take Away Pies and filled rolls, Fresh meats, Artisan fresh Bread, Local cheeses, over 50 varieties of Honey, locally made Jams, Chutney and Marmalades. Local Gins, Beers and Spirits. An Aladdin's cave filled with sweet and savoury treats. Famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and Wilsons of Kendal Mintcake.

2 The Square, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NZ

015934 36267

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Sawrey House Hotel

Set next door to the once home of Beatrix Potter, Sawrey House is an 11 bedroom Country House Hotel with stunning views over the Vale of Esthwaite. Welcoming staff and peaceful bedrooms ensure guests leave feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Near Sawrey, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF

015394 36387

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Bakes By Holly

Hand-crafted cakes, cookies, traybakes and more... from the heart of the Lake District, for all occasions. Services include bespoke celebration cakes to order, and national postal delivery of brownies, blondies and flapjacks, so you can have delicious sweet treats delivered to your door!

Oak Bank, Hawkshead, Ambleside, LA22 0FA

07734 174435

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KITTchEN is an independent Craft Beer Bar & Shop specialising in indepedent and Cumbrian Craft Beer. Ideal for beer lovers, we have 10 ever-changing taps and over 100 bottles & cans to enjoy!

We are an age 18+ venue, and Dog-Free (due to our resident rescue cats. Dogs are of course welcome outside).

The Square, Hawkshead, LA22 0NZ

015394 36920

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Red Lion Inn

The Red Lion Inn is a Traditional 15th century Lakeland Inn (the oldest pub in Hawkshead), situated in the centre of the beautiful village of Hawkshead in the heart of the English Lake District. Our aim is to provide warm & friendly welcome to The Red Lion, where you will find comfortable & clean accommodation, excellent quality food, a wide range of wines & spirits and superbly kept cask ales from around the area. Each of our eight en~suite guest rooms have their own distinct character & charm. All retain many of the original features with sloping ceilings, uneven floors & oak beams.

Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS


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Queens Head Inn & Restaurant–AA 4****/VB 2**Hotel, AA 1 Rosette

The Queens Head is a great place for a relaxing drink or meal and its thirteen attractive bedrooms also make it an excellent place to stay if you’re visiting from outside the Lakes. Located on Main Street, The Queens Head is a perfect base to explore the surrounding area and take in our wonderful scenery. Dogs and children are most welcome.

Total Bedrooms (13), (2) Superior Suites, (8) Double, (2) Twin, (1) Family Suite (dog friendly), (13) en-suite.

Open all year 

Main Street, Hawkshead, Cumbria. LA22 0NS

015394 36271

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