Grasmere Restaurants


Because of competition you can be fairly sure of a good experience when eating out in Grasmere. Like everywhere, Chefs can change or have a bad night so this is my personal view of the experience I have had eating out in Grasmere.

The Jumble Room. Langdale Road, Grasmere.
If you are lucky enough to get a table in this quirky restaurant, I can almost guarantee a fantastic eating experience. Don’t be put off when you look through the window and see how small it is, there is another floor upstairs.
Quirky decor, fantastic homemade food and great music.
Tel:- 015394 35188

Sarah’s Bistro. Broadgate, Grasmere.
Cafe by day, Bistro by night. Excellent offer usually on, where if you order a two course meal between 6pm – 7pm you receive a free bottle of wine.
Tel:- 015394 35266

The Rowan Tree. Church Bridge , Grasmere.
Change of ownership in 2012. Now back in the hands of the original owner who has taken a break of 18 years! Situated opposite Grasmere Church with seating either inside or out. Great range of homemade cakes & scones. Only open during the day.
Tel :- 015394 35528

Wilf”s Cafe, Townend, Grasmere.
Just opened in Grasmere for the 2012 season. Wonderful vegetarian selection. At last a decent vegetarian meal in Grasmere. Meat eaters also catered for as they do bacon rolls etc too. Great for large sized parties. Situated next to Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage.  Currently only open during the day, but watch this space Tel:- 015394 35268 UPDATE 2015 NOW CLOSED Cafe now run as a tearoom selling cakes, snacks, lunches, ice cream.

Greens Cafe/Bistro College Street, Grasmere.
This is the place for a selection of excellent Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free food. They go out of their way to be helpful to anyone with food allergies. Karen and her team make eating in Grasmere a pleasure. Consistent good service and food.
Tel:- 015394 35790

Miller Howe Cafe Opp. Village Green, Grasmere.
Off shoot of the famous Miller Howe hotel in Windermere. Try the Homity Pie. You won’t be disappointed. Recently refurbished inside.
Tel:- 015394 35234

The Potting Shed. Situated inside Grasmere Garden Centre.
Garden centre main meals, soup, cakes etc. Can get very busy. Daytime only.

Potted out. Stock Lane, Grasmere.
Now owned by the same people as Dodds Cafe in Ambleside. Menu includes Roast Chicken, Lamb shank, and Steak. Very tasty pizzas and pasta. A good choice of vegetarian options. Kids meals available. Open from 10am till last orders 8.30pm. Tel:- 015394 35572 Email:

Baldrys Cafe. Red Lion Square, Grasmere.
Especially good cream teas & cakes. Lemon Meringue pie a particular treat! A quirky vintage setting.
Tel:- 015394 35301

Goody Blakes. Lake View Drive, Grasmere. Tucked away at the back of the Post Office and next to Mountain Warehouse. Don’t be put off by it’s compact size the food is worth the visit. Daytime menu includes Jacket potatoes, sandwiches and homemade soup. More wholesome dishes include very good fish and chips (that’s one thing we don’t have in Grasmere, a chip shop!). Homemade cottage Pie and omelettes. In the evening Local Lamb shank, Cumberland sausage and the famous Goody Blake Skillets. Tel:- 015394 35062

Cumbria Cafe. Stock Lane, Grasmere. Opposite the village school. Sometimes only comfort food will do. Beans on Toast, Sausage and egg roll are very popular. For something more substantial Toasted Panini’s and baked potatoes or cornish pasty and chips. Children’s meals available. If you fancy something sweeter then sticky toffee pudding with ice cream or a slice or two of toasted plum bread should do the trick. Can get busy at lunchtime as a popular stop for coach parties. Tel:- 015394 35005

Heidi’s Cafe. Red Lion Square, Grasmere. A wonderful little coffee shop serving great home baking and more.  Try the flapjack, it’s fab. Fancy a packed lunch?. Heidi’s are happy to make you one to enjoy on the fell side. Dogs welcome. Tel:- 015394 35248

Lucias. Village Green, Grasmere. Situated beside Sam Reads wonderful book shop. This is a tiny place but queues form outside the door for coffee and freshly baked sausage rolls and pastries to take away. On a fine day you can even borrow a sit mat to enjoy your picnic on the village green. Tel:- 07874 056187




8 responses to “Grasmere Restaurants”

  1. Sharon says :

    Thank you for putting the restaurants on, very useful

  2. Arky-Helen says :

    Had a good meal at Potted Out on Saturday night, and an excellent meal at Sara’s last night. Sad to see Villa Columbina has gone out of business.

    • cragchris says :

      Good to hear. Thanks for letting me know. Much as I’d like to eat out in the village all the time it’s not possible, so any contributions good or bad, appreciated. Yes am missing Villa Columbina I must admit.

  3. jcawalton says :

    Great blog; thanks for the suggestions – would you say this is still list is up-to-date (Jan 2013)?

    • cragchris says :

      Usually update the restaurants page in March each year. This is when the tourist season starts, there are always a few tweaks to make, however it is up to date at the moment.

      • jcawalton says :

        We went to Jumble Room on your recommendation and it exceeded expectations. Every detail has been thought about. The art was interesting, not obvious. The service was lovely – friendly without being intrusive. Food great. Superb atmosphere. The L.P.s etc in the loo was the icing on the cake. A wonderful evening and without your blog we wouldn’t have discovered it, so thank you very much indeed. For the two of us, three courses and a drink each it came to under £80; worth every penny.

      • cragchris says :

        Very glad to hear you enjoyed your meal. It’s always such a personal thing, everyone has different tastes. Very pleased you enjoyed your visit to Grasmere and the Jumble Room.

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