Coniston Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Coniston

November 13, 2017 Karren Gelb

Discover the best restaurant in Coniston, United Kingdom (UK) including The Yewdale Inn Restaurant, Black Bull Inn Restaurant, Crown Inn, Swallows and Amazons Tearoom & Restaurant at Bank Ground Farm, The Sun Tea Rooms, Sun Inn Restaurant, The Bluebird Cafe, Ship Inn, Queen's Head Restaurant, Wilson Arms
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1. The Yewdale Inn Restaurant

2 Yewdale Road, Coniston LA21 8DU, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 15394 41280
Excellent
41%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 362 reviews

The Yewdale Inn Restaurant

Reviewed By Chris S - Bolton, United Kingdom

The Y Cafe is part of the Yewdale Inn - a traditional tea room. Called on a cold bright day for afternoon tea. Had a pot of tea with scones. The scones are large, perfectly baked and delicious. Served with jam and cream we all enjoyed our visit. Polite friendly staff - the overall experience was extremely favourable. Although we did not explore the inn itself - if the standard of the tearoom is maintained throughout then I’m sure I’ll visit the inn when next in the area.

2. Black Bull Inn Restaurant

The Lake District, Coniston LA21 8DU, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 15394 41335
Excellent
43%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 867 reviews

Black Bull Inn Restaurant

Reviewed By Sazzakablazza - St Helens, United Kingdom

Lovely homely and welcoming pub. Had the beef in red wine sauce from the specials menu. It was fabulous. So tasty. My husband had the half roast chicken and also enjoyed it. The battered onion rings are huge and yummy! Make sure to have a meal here if visiting the area.

3. Crown Inn

Coniston LA21 8ED, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +44 15394 41243
Excellent
29%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 310 reviews

Crown Inn

Reviewed By OldBear - Lancashire, England

A nice few pints of Cumbria Way and a light lunch in warm friendly surroundings whilst watching live football.
Sunday Roast dinners were so popular that they had to change the menu during the afternoon. Portion sizes looked large. There is a large dining area away from the bar if you don’t want to see Sport on the TV!
They had a good choice of craft beers available including Inicorn and Dizzy Blonde.

4. Swallows and Amazons Tearoom & Restaurant at Bank Ground Farm

Bank Ground Farm Lake | Bank Ground Farm, Coniston LA21 8AA, England Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards British, Cafe, Fusion, Healthy, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch HK$47 - HK$283 +44 15394 41264
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

Swallows and Amazons Tearoom & Restaurant at Bank Ground Farm

The Swallows and Amazons Tearoom & Farm Shop/Restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. We serve light as well as hearty keep warm meals, homemade cakes, luxury ice cream and hot & cold drinks. We also have a great selection of wine and local Lake District ale for you to enjoy with your meal.The view from the tearoom and beer garden across the lake are sensational, it is no surprise that Bank Ground Farm inspired Arthur Ransome to write Swallows and Amazons during one of his stays. Easily accessible to both cyclists and mountain bikers. Many of Grizedale's routes run close by, so come and boost your energy levels and have a light lunch and cake! Bank Ground is on the edge of the lake, opposite the village of Coniston, so you can even arrive by boat! With a footpath on our doorstep, we are also accessible to walkers too, a mere 25 minute walk from the centre of Coniston! The restaurant is open in the evenings, however it is essential to book in advance as we are not open every evening. Occasionally we host events so please check our website to make sure we are open and avoid disappointment.

Reviewed By ReadyForAnotherHol - Cumbria, United Kingdom

My favourite tea room/lunch place in Coniston.
Living locally it's nice to have somewhere that doesn't just offer the standard menu.
The lunch menu is varied and interesting, the cakes are amazing, everything is home made and delicious.
If the sun is shining can sit outside and also enjoy the amazing views across to Coniston and The Old Man, bliss!

5. The Sun Tea Rooms

High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch HK$55 - HK$118 +44 15394 36123
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 393 reviews

The Sun Tea Rooms

Small but quirky cafe home of the giant cakes but also serving full meals from soups to our own cured and smoked meats

Reviewed By Ali2604 - Cheshire

Great little cafe. Grilled cheese Sandwich and chips was delicious, albeit larger that I was expecting. That should have been a lesson to us - larger than expected seems to be their thing.
Th'usband ordered the 'small' lemon & blueberry cake as opposed to the other, 'large' cakes.
It was most definitely not small. Delicious, light as air, generally gorgeous...definitely not small, though!
Highly recommended.

6. Sun Inn Restaurant

Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 15394 36236
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 603 reviews

Sun Inn Restaurant

Reviewed By leemo5lee - Boston, United Kingdom

Wandered in to this restaurant on a complete whim when on holiday in the Lake District and was surprisingly impressed. They made room for two ramblers that had been walking all day in their fairly posh restaurant without hesitation. The food was lovely, plenty on the plate and at reasonable prices.

7. The Bluebird Cafe

Lake Road, Coniston LA21 8AN, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 15394 41649
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Bluebird Cafe

Reviewed By Almostgreynomad - Sydney, Australia

Fab location. We only had toasted sandwiches and tea - they ticked the boxes !
You go through the visitors centre / gift shop to get to the cafe - so lots of opportunity to pick up brochures .... browse in the shop.
Also has bathrooms for guests who dine in the cafe .... the PIN to access the loo is on your receipt !! Novel way of ensuring only paying guests get to use the facilities !!

8. Ship Inn

Bowmanstead | Cumbria, Coniston LA21 8HB, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$47 - HK$157 +44 15394 41224
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 313 reviews

Ship Inn

We are a traditional English Inn, in the heart of the Lake District offering a warm welcome, helped by a roaring open fire in the cooler months!The bar stocks award-winning cask ales, a selection of fine wines and malt whiskies. We offer classic pub food which is locally-sourced and freshly prepared on the premises. We have Bed and Breakfast accommodation,(one double room, one family room)with both rooms being en-suite.

Reviewed By Ted D

M wife and i enjoyed a short post xmas break here.A lovely warm welcome from the Jean landlady and some of her staff.The rooms have recently been updated and ours was very nice and comfortable...We ate in the resaurant during our stay and thouroughly enjoyed our food all fresh and home cooked.The breakfasts in the mornings were really good,nothing was to much trouble.We will definitley be returning throughout the year

9. Queen's Head Restaurant

Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NS, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +44 15394 36271
Excellent
54%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 824 reviews

Queen's Head Restaurant

Reviewed By SeanClark1974 - Glossop, United Kingdom

We arrived in Hawkshead mid-afternoon and once settled walked a few hundred feet from our B&B to this pub/restaurant. Fast and efficient service and an online booking service meant we could relax at another bar first and then amble up at our allotted time. My...MoreHi SeanClark1974, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It's lovely to hear you enjoyed yourselves and we hope to be welcoming you back through our doors again soon. Best wishes, Alex Staveley Assistant Manager

10. Wilson Arms

A593, Torver LA21 8BB, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night HK$47 - HK$259 +44 15394 41237
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 549 reviews

Wilson Arms

Reviewed By GarryBoote - Trentham, United Kingdom

This was our visit to The Wilson Arms and decided that we ought to pay a long overdue visit having previously been seduced by other local pubs and restaurants.
The pub was welcoming and warm with decent ales but sadly the food, on this occasion, was genuinely poor.
Simple enough fayre, scampi and chips/burger and chips which really should be straight-forward to get right. In both cases the chips were chewy, overcooked with an unusual taste (maybe oil overdue for a change?). The scampi was similar unfortunately. The burger was dry and overcooked and the bacon on it was virtually inedible, it had been overcooked so much (in spite of the fact that the food was served very quickly).
This visit was disappointing and hopefully just one of those falling of standards between Christmas and New Year things?
We were not asked if our food was ok and wished to avoid the emabarrassment of sending food back.

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