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Hartside Top Cafe

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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Scenic view
Description: Between Melmerby & Alston on the A686

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what a view!!!

A favourite spot to stop for tea and cakes on a cold and windy day , Always fresh and tasty., good cup of tea and friendly staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A favourite spot to stop for tea and cakes on a cold and windy day , Always fresh and tasty., good cup of tea and friendly staff.

Thank Hawksmoor58
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Regular visitor and love the cooked breakfasts. All cooked fresh and served in front of a roaring wood stove. Absolutely love it and the views are literally awe-inspiring. The toilets used to let it down, but these have recently been done up and my only bug-bear now is that they really should install a card machine. Wifi would be great... More 

Thank lawsonrob
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Café had only just opened on the Sunday morning, first customer of the day. Young staff sat around a table twiddling with phones while owner/manager served us tea and cake. Nice tea, reasonable cake. The view outside is far superior to the inside of the café. Probably drive past next time.

Thank zed650b
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Called in when out with a group of fellow motorists, rubbish poorly cooked food and expensive , Its main draw is it location, meeting place for bikers, car enthusiasts, glad to say we didn't eat just bought a drink, but the sausage butty our friends bought they ended up bining it, looking around at other people's food it all looked... More 

Thank silverzed
York, UK
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We have been spoiled in expecting to be able to use cards in almost all places, so were a bit gutted to arrive here on our hilly C2C cycle day and do the same. No luck, so despite our carefully laid plans to get there at lunch, we could afford no real lunch and had to make do with what... More 

Thank crooked_77
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Stopped here (finally) at the Iconic Hartside Cafe on a one day coast to coast ride, great weather, great views (after a great climb) and a car park full of motorbikes. Good simple honest, reasonably priced food, I can't fault it whatsoever! Bikers mixed amongst cyclist, there was a queue, it was busy but everyone was served pretty quick, Actually... More 

1 Thank Rob H
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

16.9.15 just after 10.00 A special location. Travelling round in our camper-van with the dog, we stopped to admire the view and decided to have a English cooked breakfast. The small breakfast was plenty for me and the coffee was good. We sat outside where we were first bought our toast and coffee then our bacon,eggs ect. I would have... More 

Thank Nx M
Northumberland, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

My wife and I stopped here returning to Northumberland from The Lakes. On a clear day there are grand views but we arrived in cloud, often to be expected. Every where is a bit worn but it’s a very popular place to break a journey especially for bikers and cyclists. We only wanted a snack so I had a toasted... More 

Thank TednS
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

A group of us rode down here from Glasgow by motorcycle. For all that it was cold, damp and misty, there were several dozen bikes and a few cars. After queuing for nearly 10 minutes I got served, got to the till - cash only. No signs to say that (or they're well hidden). Had to change my mind about... More 

1 Thank jebby7
Durham, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This café is a God send to the Motorbike and the push bike community. It gives a warm and hearty welcome to all. The selection of foods is excellent and the quality is really good. From bacon butties to full English breakfast. Pasty, pies, sandwiches, cakes, they have it all here. A real fire warms the chilled joints and bones... More 

Thank N11NJA

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Penrith

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view


Between Melmerby & Alston on the A686

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