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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Cumbria

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in Cumbria? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Number 11 Market Place restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1031)
£25 and under
Tex-Mex
Whitehaven
About the restaurant
Welcome to Number 11 restaurant and bar,
You will be treated to delicious locally sourced home cooked food in a relaxed and chilled setting where you can wash down your food with a fantastic choice of wines (including our own Number 11 label wine), locally brewed beers and hand crafted cocktails.
Huge range of Gluten Free options and we are always more than happy to cater for all dietary requirements.
Top review
Shiner
Dined 5 days ago
Noise depends on who is in at the time of your booking - Can't be helped
A photo of Crooklands Hotel - the restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (712)
£25 and under
British
Kendal
About the restaurant
The Restaurant
Our main restaurant is modern with a lantern light ceiling which allows in plenty of natural light to flood in. A great piece of real architectural design. The restaurant boast some wonderful bespoke ironwork along with a vintage industrial feel . This restaurant offers a modern ambiance an ideal place to catch up with family and friends and enjoy our mouthwatering local dishes.

The Inn
The Inn is full of old world charm with little hidden nucks for dining. This restaurant is full of character and is used at lunch times primarily, but in the evenings, it offers a cosy ambiance lit by candle light ideal for a more casual approach to dining.

The Inn also offers an afternoon tea which is simply divine. Served between 2pm-5pm by prior bookings only.

The Bar and Snug is a relaxed and super cosy space sticking with the old charm of the Inn which this part of the building offers. It has an impressive wood burning stove and is dog friendly.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Lovely staff, food was fabulous and the restaurant very cosy and welcoming.
A photo of Greenhead Hotel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (273)
£25 and under
British
Carlisle
About the restaurant
The Greenhead Hotel was taken over in June 2020 by local proprietor Jordan Dodwell & his partner Anna Pearson. After a complete refurb they opened the doors on the 14th August 2020.

Head Chef, Dan, & his young, eager team use the finest ingredients available using local butchers, suppliers and even forage in the nearby woodland. During the shooting season we source game from the local shoot which features on our specials board.

Situated on the Northumberland and Cumbrian border, with Hadrian's wall on our doorstep, the hotel offers a cosy drinking area with locally sourced ale, a chic restaurant serving homemade classic pub food with a modern twist and 7 newly refurbished dog friendly en-suite guest bedrooms, alongside a 45 bed Hostel, providing the perfect base for your trip.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Lovely food, very accommodating, great staff and delicious food
A photo of Plough Inn Wreay restaurant
4.7
4.7 (269)
£26 to £40
Pub
Carlisle
About the restaurant
A country pub in the picturesque village of Wreay near Carlisle
Top review
AlisonHvip
Dined 5 days ago
Food was fantastic, really enjoyed prawn starter. Nice setting & helpful staff. Loved that we could take our 2 wee dogs.....
A photo of The Cavendish Arms restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1791)
£25 and under
British
Grange-Over-Sands
About the restaurant
Please note we cannot guarantee specific tables when booking on line or at busy times.

The Cavendish Arms is a 450 year old Coaching inn set in the heart of Cartmel. With Simon Rogan and his famous Lenclume restaurant we have some very high standards to maintain. Our food is fresh and sourced locally to ensure the freshest ingredients are on your plate at all times. Our menu changes often and is always being developed by our very talented Head Chef and his team. Along with a great food offering, we are challenging boundaries with our selection of 25 gins, 10 whiskeys and many more superior sprits, we always try to have an alternative rather than using main stream brands behind the bar, ensuring our guests receive the best possible value for money we can provide whilst experiencing a better than expected product. In short our aim is to make sure you leave having had a memorable time and be wearing a huge smile.
Top review
Elaine
Dined 3 days ago
Very nice meal at the cavendish, food was very good and the service excellent. We’ve been on previous occasions and it’s easily the best pub restaurant in Cartmel.
A photo of The Black Bull restaurant
4.6
4.6 (627)
£25 and under
British
Kendal
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Black Bull, Sedbergh, we look forward to seeing you
Top review
ChrisL
Dined 3 days ago
Interesting range of pies on 'Pie and Pint Monday'. Service top notch, several interesting, unusual, and tasty variants on the expected. Definitely happy to return on next visit to the Dales.
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4.6
4.6 (356)
£25 and under
British
Keswick
About the restaurant
Keswick is one of the most scenic parts of the Lake District – which in itself is up there with the most scenic parts of the United Kingdom – and in the very heart of the town, you can find Merienda on the Main Street, whose food is about as beautiful as the surroundings. We offer wholesome, uncomplicated food in a homely ambience, and you can enjoy it any time of day, from a quality morning pick-me-up (We are serious about coffee and use quality Merienda's exclusive espresso blend from Darkhouse Coffee Roasters, Keswick) and hearty breakfast, to a range of delicious cakes and filling sandwiches, to a scintillating evening dinner menu accompanied by a range of fine wines and quality beers. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are the focus of a menu filled with British classics and dishes inspired from around the world – reserve a table and head on down.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Super service with excellent menu offering succulent fayre
A photo of Avanti restaurant
4.6
4.6 (247)
£25 and under
Mediterranean
Kirkby Lonsdale
About the restaurant
Our casual restaurant and bar focuses on authentic dishes from our favourite regions of Spain, Italy and Portugal. We hunt out only the finest quality ingredients and serve them in the same way the locals would in the regions they originate. We believe in letting the quality of the ingredients shine through by trying to keep things as uncomplicated as possible. We are a dog friendly restaurant in our garden and downstairs bar area. Please ensure you mention if you are bringing a dog as we will ensure the correct area is allocated. Thank you for your understanding.

We are now open on Mondays, serving our homemade stone baked pizza during lunch and in the evening.

Full menu available Tuesday to Sunday during lunch and in the evening.

Our suppliers are amongst the very best in the UK, importing regional delicacies used by the finest restaurants in the UK. Our fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables are all delivered fresh each day from local suppliers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Really enjoyed our visit to Avanti, the food was very good at a reasonable price and service was friendly.
A photo of The Ivy House Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (604)
£25 and under
British
Keswick
About the restaurant
Located in the centre of Braithwaite village, within the Holiday Property Bond Hotel, Ivy House Restaurant offers its guests contemporary Cumbrian classics, in a breathtaking Lake District setting. From succulent Cumbrian classics to modern European delicacies – the team have designed their daily changing menu to delight and inspire. Just 2 and a half miles from Keswick and 10 minutes from Bassenthwaite Lake- the elegant restaurant and peaceful village of Braithwaite, is the perfect location for a relaxing evening meal out, after a exhilarating day in the Lakeland Fells.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Tasty food , the chef has done well in the sauce and ingredients are fresh, hence we enjoy the meal there!
A photo of The Boathouse | Bar & Restaurant restaurant
4.2
4.2 (133)
£25 and under
British
Windermere
About the restaurant
** From 1st October the marina car park will be available for Boathouse guests! ** The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant is a stunning restaurant and bar, overlooking the shores of Lake Windermere, providing a picturesque environment for dining. Serving fresh, original, everyday eating on the shores of Lake Windermere, the menu includes traditional British favorite's. Enjoy a coffee, light lunch or something a little more substantial as you unwind with a drink overlooking the boats on Windermere Marina. Why not join us for simply great fresh food and fine wine in a contemporary, relaxed and informal setting.

The restaurant is open Thursday - Monday from 9am serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tuesday & Wednesday from 11am serving lunch and dinner.

Parking - Ferry Nab car park is only across the road.

Any bookings over 10 please contact us directly online or by phone and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Top review
JulieL
Dined 5 days ago
Fantastic location, food and lovely staff. A great team felt very spoilt. Thankyou s very special meal xx
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