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The Expert Guide on Where to Eat in Grasmere

“Discover great food in Grasmere!”

Whether you’re in the area to take on some of the wonderful Wainwright walks or are simply just wanting to enjoy the relaxing tranquillity of the area, Grasmere is a beautiful place to explore.

While the village is small, there’s plenty to do and see in the area, and we know just how hungry exploring and enjoying yourself can be! With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of the best places to stop off and fuel up before, during and after your adventures in Grasmere.


plate of breakfast

Baldry’s Tea Room

For those who have decided to start their day a little later but still want to have a choice of delicious breakfast options, Baldry’s Tea Room is a great choice. As a quaint little tea room, there’s plenty to offer food and drink wise, including fresh, home-made baked goods, and they are also dog-friendly!

With simple snacks such as beans or goats cheese on toast, to delicious full breakfasts, there really is something for everyone. Many dishes are also gluten free!

The team are very passionate about using local produce, and much of the menu is created with the local area in mind. You’ll be getting a true taste of Grasmere, that’s for sure!

You can find Baldry’s Tea Room at Red Lion Square, Grasmere, LA22 9SP


If you’re looking for a breakfast you can take away and enjoy out in the beautiful surroundings of Grasmere, then we would definitely recommend taking a look at Lucia’s.

With choices of breakfast pastries such as croissants, tasty breakfast muffins, and even their locally-famous Cumberland sausage roll, it’s a great stop off to pick up a little something to eat before you begin your adventure.

Many people choose to take their food up the fells with them to enjoy at the top, and Lucia’s has the perfect menu for that. They also have a range of teas and coffees and cakes to choose from.

It’s also worth mentioning that Lucia’s is cash only - so make sure you have some on you!

You can find Lucia’s at College Street, Grasmere LA22 9SY

Heidi's of Grasmere

Heidi’s of Grasmere is a bright, open cafe with lots of food choices. From lighter bites to big, fuller meals, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes and portion size.

However, even the small cooked breakfast is very generous, so you’re getting more for your money even if your eyes are set on a “small” plate. For those who prefer cereals for their start to the day, there’s also the option of a lovely bowl topped with fresh cold milk.

They’re dog-friendly, and your pooch has the chance of becoming “dog of the day” if you take them to visit!

With typical Lake District decor of natural materials, you’ll get the perfect feel for Grasmere while tucking into your mega breakfast, bacon baguette or scrambled egg at Heidi’s!

 You can find Heidi’s of Grasmere at Red Lion Square, Grasmere LA22 9SP


lunchtime sandwich

Mathilde’s Cafe

Looking for something a little different at Lunchtime? Why not take a look at the Scandinavian-inspired menu at Mathilde’s Cafe and see if something tickles your taste buds!

Described as perfect for light lunches by people who have visited, Mathilde’s menu has a wide range of delicious dishes which you won’t find anywhere else. From fishcakes to beef buns, open sandwiches to mackerel pate, it’s the perfect place for those looking to try something a little different from the norm.

There are plenty of home-made cakes and pastries too for those with a sweet tooth!

The cafe is attached to Heaton Cooper’s Art Gallery and is a tribute to Cooper’s Norwegian wife, Mathilde - hence the Scandinavian overtones!

You can find Mathilde’s Cafe at Broadgate Heaton Cooper Gallery, Grasmere LA22 9SX

Greens Cafe & Bistro

If you’re looking for a heartier meal at lunchtime, with a range of hot and cold dishes to suit, we’d recommend giving Greens Cafe & Bistro a look in.

The menu is dotted with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, making it the ideal place for people who have special diets and who don’t want to have to search high and low for a dish to suit them.

There’s soup, curries, baguettes, hummus boards and more to choose from, as well as a whole array of hot and cold drinks and delicious desserts to choose from - again, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options!

There’s a certain peaceful ambience at Greens - we definitely recommend a visit.

You can find Greens Cafe & Bistro at College Street, Grasmere LA22 9SZ

Grasmere Tea Gardens

The Grasmere Tea Gardens are situated right next to the River Rothay, making it a wonderful place to enjoy the sun outside and fuel up for the afternoon during the warmer weather.

It’s a great stop off for those looking for a lighter bite to eat at lunch, with an array of sandwiches, paninis, baked potatoes and soups, as well as the expected cakes and scones and pastries of a tea room. All the dishes are made with fresh produce, and the cakes are all clearly home-made.

Sitting outside, you have a beautiful view of St Oswald’s Church and the river running alongside the garden patio which has heaters for those cooler days, and the terrace is also dog-friendly!

You can find Grasmere Tea Gardens at Stock Lane, Grasmere LA22 9SN


roast beef dinner

The Jumble Room

Asian cuisine isn’t something you automatically think of when talking about Grasmere, but there’s plenty of people in the area that love the taste and smells of Asian dishes. If you’re one of them, you’re in luck - the Jumble Room has you covered for all your Asian and British cuisine needs, all under one roof.

Whether you’re looking for a delicious sirloin steak, Japanese meatballs or a Malaysian seafood curry - the menu caters for a wide range of tastes, making it a great stop off for those groups who want very different things. There are plenty of desserts to choose from, too!

The Jumble Room is well worth a visit to try some of the more obscure dishes in the area, and the interior itself can be described as quirky - but in the best way!

You can find The Jumble Room at Langdale Road, Grasmere LA22 9SU

The Dining Room

For an incredible dining experience which is recommended in the Michelin Guide, The Dining Room is definitely the place to check out.

This fine-dining restaurant is a great stop off for those who have a love of good food but who prefer a more relaxed setting than many of the more prestigious Michelin Star restaurants.

From perfectly seared steaks to delicious cheesecakes, there’s something for every palate and is a great introduction to fine dining for those who may not have been attracted to this unique dining style before.

You can find The Dining Room at Broadgate, Grasmere LA22 9TA  

The Daffodil Hotel and Spa

Our speciality here at the Daffodil Hotel and Spa is that we can cover every single meal you could think of. From breakfasts to afternoon tea to bar snacks and dinners, we’re able to cater to every meal you would need during your stay in Grasmere.

Our incredible chef and his team take inspiration from all around the world, and the food we have on offer only uses the best local produce, giving you the most authentic taste of Grasmere and the Lake District during every single meal!

From lighter bites for those with smaller appetites to generously portioned main meals and mouth-watering desserts, our food is guaranteed to hit the spot every time!

If you’d like to see what food we have on offer, be sure to check out our menus and afternoon teas - we guarantee there’s something that will suit your tastes!

Why not experience breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Daffodil by booking a short weekend break or long stay. This way you can truly immerse yourself in the local cuisine.

For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today!




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