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Hartside Top Cafe

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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Between Melmerby & Alston on the A686

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A panoramic treat

Good, hearty home cooked fare with views to die for, Hartside is renowned for its hairpin bends and biker friendly cafe. We chose lasagne and quiche both with chips, peas, salad and coleslaw. Very nice. Friendly staff too. And quite busy at 2.00pm on a Wednesday considerating the cafés remoteness!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
monn53
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northumberland
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Sawley, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The Hartside Top Cafe is very well placed on top of quite a difficult cycle climb. The cakes we had were massive and very well received. Worth a stop if you are passing.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Easter Sunday was a glorious sunny day, so we headed west to the Lake District. Driving across the stunningly beautiful Hartside Pass we made our usual pit stop at the iconic Hartside Top Cafe. For those who don't know it, its situated at the summit of the Hartside Pass, nearly 2000 feet above sea level, there are amazing views over... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Food is very over-priced, service isnt great but the view is good. Not dog friendly which is very surprising, its quite run down with awful toilets so not sure how a dog would bring it down!

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northumberland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Good, hearty home cooked fare with views to die for, Hartside is renowned for its hairpin bends and biker friendly cafe. We chose lasagne and quiche both with chips, peas, salad and coleslaw. Very nice. Friendly staff too. And quite busy at 2.00pm on a Wednesday considerating the cafés remoteness!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Over priced. Drab, poor toilet facilities. Will be taking sandwiches and a flask if I bother to stop there again. They're taking advantage of the location and exploiting customers.

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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49 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Worth visiting for the view. We also went into the cafe and enjoyed a typical cafe lunch. A pile of chips with two eggs on top and a bacon butty! Nothing special but cheap, hot and filling! Please note that the cafe is cash only, we nearly got caught out but luckily found an errant £10 in a pocket. Very... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Stopped here for a sarnie on the way back from Newcastle recently and the food was great. Been here loads before, always friendly service and good food. The view is amazing - if the window seats are taken, try and sit out in your car and eat what you've bought, on a clear day you can see the hills in... More 

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

Excellent great food good prices and wonderful views of the Solway Firth and over to the Lake District

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

4 of us stopped here for coffee and cake on a cold, wet, misty afternoon in late November. The views must be superb in good conditions - even in damp and mist, it was good. It's clean and tidy inside and rather better than a transport cafe stop, but there is room for improvement , especially in winter when a... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Great place to stop on a trip across country through Alston and up and over.Fantastic views on clear days,friendly people inside with superb choice of food at very reasonable prices. Lovely roaring fire in the winter with a bowl of home made soup and bread,mmmmmmm Always welcome here!!

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English

Description

Between Melmerby & Alston on the A686

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