Grasmere is a jewel in the centre of the Lake District. Surrounded by woods and green pastures on the banks of the River Rothay and overlooking Lake Grasmere itself, the poet William Wordsworth called it 'the loveliest spot that man hath ever found'. Tens of thousands of tourists visit every year to see the village that inspired Wordsworth and Coleridge and to wonder at the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Another draw is undoubtedly the food. Restaurants in Grasmere also seem to be inspired by their surroundings to turn out exceptional quality food. We've gathered together some of the finest restaurants in the Grasmere area and we're sure you'll be inspired to discover the fabulous food of the area.
The Lake District is renowned for its high-quality produce, such as succulent lamb, fine Cumberland sausages and some great cheeses, along with specialities like Kendal mint cake and Grasmere gingerbread. The very best of these ingredients are finding their way onto the menus of British restaurants in Grasmere, which focus on fresh local produce. Take Dale Lodge Hotel and Restaurant, for example. A starter of smoked salmon from Cartmel served with beetroot, watercress and creme fraiche is simply divine and even better when followed by crispy local lamb shoulder with feta, mint, cannellini beans, and chorizo.
Whatever your mood, you'll find restaurants in Grasmere to suit the occasion. Grand country manors provide the perfect setting for a celebration meal, while casual country cafes are ideal for a catch-up with friends. Remember, too, that the area is home to some of the country's most romantic poets, so it's the obvious choice for an intimate little supper with your significant other.
So many walkers come to the Lake District to follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright and walk in the glorious fells. There is no better way to work up an appetite and there are plenty of Grasmere restaurants to welcome you when you're done. Book a table here on Quandoo to ensure you have the ideal spot to relax after your trek, then sit back and relax as you enjoy some warming and satisfying Lake District food in one of the wonderfully atmospheric inns.