Grasmere Restaurants


Updated 2020
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

MATHILDES, Broadgate Grasmere. Situated in part of the famous Heaton Cooper Art Studio, this daytime only cafe features amazingly inventive Scandi food along with more familiar Scandinavian favourites like meatballs. If you are really hungry can recommend a Viking Breakfast (as large as it sounds). Beautiful choice of cakes. No dogs in cafe but ok in outside area.                        Tel:- 015394 35280

HARLEY’S BISTRO, College Street Grasmere. Situated in what used to be the Methodist Church opposite the Herdy Shop this Bistro opened in 2019. Varied menu serving Lunch and Dinner. Pizzas, falafel burger, salads, soup, fish and chips, steak and ale pie. Dogs allowed inside.

EMMA’S DELL, Red Lion Square Grasmere. Specialising in crepes sweet and savoury. Good Vegetarian options too. Telephone:- 015394 35234

GRASMERE TEA GARDENS, Church Bridge , Grasmere.
Situated opposite Grasmere Church with seating either inside or out. Great range of homemade cakes & scones. Varied menu including bacon sandwich, chilli, soup, baked potatoes. Dogs allowed outside on the terrace. Only open during the day.
Tel :- 015394 35528

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. A personal favourite.
Tel:- 015394 35790

THE POTTING SHED, Situated inside Grasmere Garden Centre.
Main meals, soup, cakes etc. Can get very busy. Seating inside and pleasant outdoor area. Daytime only. Tel:- 015394 35255

THE GOOD SPORT, Stock Lane, Grasmere.
Grasmere Brewery Tap Room serving pub fare. Seating inside and out. Sample menus at Open for breakfast till 11pm at night.         Tel:- 01539435572

BALDRYS Tea Rooms, Red Lion Square, Grasmere.
Especially good cream teas & cakes. Lemon Meringue pie a particular treat! A quirky vintage setting. Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Teas. Homemade soup and homemade bread.
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

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

LUCIA’S, 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 ALSO:- Lucia’s Coffee and Bakehouse, Broadgate Grasmere. Situated just around the corner from the original Lucia’s. Homemade Sourdough bread, cinnamon Buns, cakes and homemade soup. Don’t forget the sausage rolls!                         Tel:- 015394 35894

LEWIS’S BISTRO, Broadgate, Grasmere. Situated at the end of Broadgate beside the Chemist (yes we do have a chemist in Grasmere. Use it or lose it). Open in the evenings. Fish stew, haggis and Black Pudding stack. Chicken Thai green curry. Sticky toffee pudding, what more could you ask. Friendly service? it has that too and is also dog friendly. Tel:- 015394 35266

WORDSWORTH CAFE, New cafe at Dove Cottage had just opened and been enjoyed. Vegan sausage roll and good cup of coffee when it flooded. Am sure it will be open again in time for Wordsworth 250th Anniversary on April 7th 2020

TRAVELLERS REST, Situated on the outskirts of the village on the A591 towards Keswick. Hearty pub food, open fire. Dog friendly. Lamb, fish and chips, vegetable bake, steak and kidney pudding. also own The King’s Head further up the A591 and The Lodge in the Vale just beyond that.

THE YAN@ BROADRAYNE, Broadrayne Farm, Grasmere. Just off the A591 travelling out of Grasmere towards Keswick. New kid on the block and a bistro really making waves. Visited for breakfast which was delicious. The freshest eggs in Grasmere no doubt. Evening meals, Beef sharing Platter and Fish sharing platter seem to be popular. Chicken and Chorizo Stew, Flat breads topped with slow cooked duck and plum jam. Tel:-015394 35055

TWEEDIES BAR and restaurant, situated right in the centre of Grasmere with a large beer garden. Home of the famous Grasmere Guzzler Beer Festival. Can get very busy in the evenings. Vegetarian options available on the menu. Popular with locals, walkers and visitors alike. Tel:-015394 35300

1769 BAR at the Inn at Grasmere, Red Lion Square, Grasmere. Good selection of Gins and local ales. Fish and chips, pizza, pub grub. Tel:-

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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