Nine restaurants in the North Lakes are included in the latest edition of a national guide which tells food lovers the best places in the UK to eat with an overnight stay.
Five in Borrowdale, two in Bassenthwaite, and one each in Keswick and Braithwaite feature in the AA Restaurant Guide 2020.
They are among 67 Cumbrian restaurants listed in the guide to the best cuisine with accommodation in Britain, each being awarded coveted rosettes for culinary excellence by the AA’s professional inspectors.
Simon Numphud, managing director of AA Media, said: “There is no denying that it has been an immensely difficult time for the hospitality sector but we have seen hotels across the UK and Ireland rise to the occasion, providing the public with fantastic experiences and enjoyable stays despite the challenges of COVID-19.
“Providing outstanding hospitality is an impressive feat at any time but is particularly notable now and we are delighted to be able to recognise the hard work and creativity of our Red Star winners.”
Forest Side, in Grasmere, and Linthwaite House, Windermere were the only two restaurants in Cumbria to pick up the coveted four rosette status.
Restaurants in the North Lakes which are featured are: Lake View Restaurant and Ravenstone Lodge Country House Hotel, both in Bassenthwaite; Borrowdale Gates Hotel, Hazel Bank Country House, The Leathes Head, Lodore Falls and Scafell Hotel, all in Borrowdale; The Cottage in the Wood, Braithwaite, and Brossen Steakhouse, Keswick. Only Windermere had more entries than Borrowdale.
Other Cumbrian restaurants to feature are: Rothay Manor Hotel, The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Lake Road Kitchen, all Ambleside; Appleby Manor Hotel & Garden Spa; Allium at Askham Hall, Askham; Abbey House Hotel and Gardens, Barrow; The Ryebeck and Belsfield Restaurant, both Barrow; Crown Hotel, Wetheral, near Carlisle; Aynsome Manor Hotel, L’Enclume, Rogan & Co Restaurant, all Cartmel; George and Dragon, Clifton; Trout Hotel, Cockermouth; Punchbowl Inn, Crosthwaite; Stove at Langdale Hotel and Spa, Elterwater; Inn on the Lake, Glenridding; Clare House, Grange; Wordsworth Hotel and Spa, Rothay Garden Hotel, Daffodil Hotel and Spa, and Forest Side, The Lancrigg, all Grasmere; the Queen’s Head Inn and Restaurant, Hawkshead; Sun Inn, Pheasant Inn, Plato’s, all Kirkby Lonsdale; the Inn at Brough, The Villa, Levens; Plough Inn, Lupton; Ees Wyke Country House, Near Sawrey; Lakeside Hotel, Windermere, Newby Bridge; Devonshire Restaurant (George Hotel), FYR (North Lakes Hotel), both Penrith; Pentonbridge Inn, Pentonbridge; 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms, Pooley Bridge; Pennington Hotel, Ravenglass; Black Swan, Ravenstonedale; The Restaurant at Temple Sowerby; Macdonald Leeming House, Watermillock; Porto, Hrishi at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel, Beech Hill Hotel and Spa, Storrs Hall Hotel, Wild Boar Inn, Grill and Smokehouse, Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel and Restaurant, The Samling, Macdonald Old England Hotel and Spa, Cedar Manor Hotel and Restaurant, Briery Wood Country House Hotel, Merewood Country House Hotel, Cragwood Country House Hotel, Gilpin Spice, and Langdale Chase, all Windermere.