The Best Michelin Star Restaurants in the Lake District

The Best Michelin Star Restaurants in the Lake District

With its awe-inspiring verdant vistas, wonderful walking routes and shimmering blue waters, the Lake District is, without surprise, an incredibly popular place to visit. As well as serving a stunning backdrop to all those outdoor adventures, the Lake District is also home to a commendable selection of Michelin Star restaurants. So, if you’ve got a taste for the finer things in life, you’re in luck.

The exterior of Shepherd's View, Lake District

Michelin Star Restaurants Windermere & Ambleside

Loved by locals and tourists alike, Bowness-on-Windermere & Ambleside are two of the most famous and popular spots in the whole of the Lake District. Both benefiting from an array of activities, attractions and places of interest, these destinations also boast a bevy of Michelin Star restaurants.

Steeped in history and quirks, the Old Stamp House has become renowned for its regional ‘A Journey Around Cumbria’ tasting menu, featuring a considered blend of bold and delicate flavours. Laker Road Kitchen, on the other hand, is a Nordic-inspired restaurant bedecked with wooden planks and sheepskin-covered chairs. Here, diners can look forward to savouring locally-sourced produce and countless years’ of culinary experience with every mouthful. An abundance of dishes, all with highly detailed descriptions, together with the surprise of Japanese influences, make this restaurant a must-visit. 

Where to stay: The Lake District is peppered with pretty stone-built cottages and there are plenty within easy reach of Windermere & Ambleside. Less than 20 minutes away lies Burneside – home to a quadrant of luxury cottages Lake District. For families, The Old Grain Store and Kirkstone are ideal, meanwhile, for solo travellers and couples, Shepherd’s View, Twitchers Cottage and The Shippon Cottage are perfect.

The living room at Beatrix Cottage, Lake District

Michelin Star Restaurants Grasmere & Rydal

With some of the most spectacular fells nestled at its foot, Grasmere is loved for its stunning scenery and homely village feel. Shops, cafes and pubs line the streets and for those who like to dine in style, The Forest Side is the ideal spot in which to indulge. 

Accommodating jaw-dropping views of the surrounding fells, this beautiful restaurant draws inspiration from the land in which it sits. An ‘outside in’ aesthetic makes for the perfect setting to savour seasonal local produce, often foraged from the Victorian kitchen garden, while the impressive exclusive wine list welcomes all to relish a fine sip as they soak up the scenery. 

Where to stay: Perfectly positioned just 20 minutes from Grasmere is Beatrix Cottage. Enjoying an enviable location right in the beating heart of the Lake District, this boutique-style cottage with hot tub sleeps up to four guets and welcomes your furry family members to come along for the adventure, too.

Exterior of The South Lakes Manor, Lake District

Michelin Star Restaurants Cartmel

Famed for its mediaeval history and postcard-perfect streets, Cartmel sits pretty on the fringes of the Lake District, with plenty to delight locals and tourists alike – including Michelin Star restaurant, L’Enclume.

With its picture-perfect stone facade and equally breathtaking backdrop, L’Enclume is, without surprise, one of the Lake District’s best-loved dining hotspots. A ‘farm to fork’ ethos exists at the core of every culinary creation and a fusion of English and French dishes are served, delivering a sublime taste experience for all who venture inside. 

Nestled in the heart of Cartmel village also lies Rogan & Co, a Michelin Starred restaurant celebrated for its servings of visual excellence and profound depth of flavour. With a ‘regularly reimagined’ menu of expertly prepared, comforting dishes, all ingredients are freshly regionally sourced.

Where to stay: A vision of grandeur from the moment your eyes meet its expansive facade, The South Lakes Manor invites up to 20 guests to revel in the lap of luxury on their Lake District retreat. So, if you’re travelling with a large group or you simply fancy yourself as Lady or Lord of the manor, this magnificent Lake District rental is just the ticket. Slightly less vast in size but not without luxury appeal is Shepherd’s View. Laden with home comforts and earthy appeal, this dog-friendly Lake District cottage is perfect for couples craving a romantic base to their adventures.


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