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Hartside Top Cafe

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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Coffee & Tea
Description: Between Melmerby & Alston on the A686

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Go for the Baking, as Well as for the View

The cafe is reached by a road climbing through rugged scenery, as it sits atop a pass. It is a popular haunt for many travellers; when we visited, the car park accommodated many cyclists and motorcyclists, which outnumbered other vehicles. The view from the cafe is impressive, looking west from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
George L
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The cafe is reached by a road climbing through rugged scenery, as it sits atop a pass. It is a popular haunt for many travellers; when we visited, the car park accommodated many cyclists and motorcyclists, which outnumbered other vehicles. The view from the cafe is impressive, looking west from the summit towards the Cumbrian peaks; however, I found the... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

As a member of a running club, we decided to run the coast to coast in 24 hours stopping off at Hartside Cafe early morning. The cafe said that they would open early for us but we arrived even earlier than was agreed. They still let us in and served all of us with breakfasts, bacon buns, tea, coffee -... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

Have always loved the drive through the hills and valleys on way to the lakes. Hartside is always on the agenda for a break. Had the best bacon baps here and good price. Does need a good spruce up and toilets need to be updated as not very inviting as not clean.Views brilliant on a clear day.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Leather clad bikers, walking stick hikers, cyclists in Lycra , and a view that stretches for miles on a clear day. Hartside is one of those places on the list to ride to or stop at on the Coast to Coast route. The road from Penrith to Alton is a bikers dream and as the only place on the hill,... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

As frequent visitors to the Hartside we have seen it in all weathers, but a recent early Friday morning visit was unique! The clouds were low and thick, so thick, so thick that as we parked in the car park we could barely make out the cafe! Inside, the usually stunning views from the windows was missing! Just thick white... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

The drive to the cafe is incredible and the views are breathtaking, great food, great service, great atmosphere, shame about the coffee which was like dishwater.

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

A must stop cafe on the C2C cycling trip. As stated in previous reviews very busy with bikers & cyclists. However considering the volume of orders the food arrived quickly and was hot just what you require after a cycle up the long hill. This cafe should be praised for its production processes they are obviously doing something right. Well... More 

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

My son and I stopped here for a late lunch after scaling The summit during our recent C2C cycle trip. As others have noted, the cafe is full of cyclists and bikers and was very busy, but also efficient in getting people served. The food was decent but not the best we had on our trip. What you would expect... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The road from Corbridge in Northumberland to Alston on Cumbria was recently voted one of the top 10 most scenic drives in the world and this cafe is right at the end of it just past Alston. Given its altitude its almost always colder than Alston at the foot of the moor and so we had the vegetable soup and... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Motorcyclist stop over, very biker friendly. Very fast service and reasonable prices. Plenty of choice of hot or cold snacks. Lots of bicycles around too as this is part of the coast to Coast so beware on the roads around. Great views when the weather is clear

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

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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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