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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
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
WHAT A VIEW!

We called into the Hartside Café on Saturday afternoon for tea and cake. What a fantastic view this place has. We sat having tea, flapjack and mars bar cake looking out onto a spectacular view not to be missed. The place was very busy with bikers, cyclists and walkers. This is a place that must... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Bingley, United Kingdom
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Preston, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We have visited here several times and always left quite satisfied - not this time however. It was the worst cup of tea I have had in a long time - more like slightly tinted hot water with no taste at all. Unfortunately similar could be said about the vegetable soup; It arrived looking thick and hearty but the only... More 

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Telford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is an old school "greasy spoon" which thrives on two attributes. (1) The view - which is spectacular and (2) Bikers who stop off for a brew while riding the renowned curves of the A686. I stopped for coffee and a flapjack en-route from Windermere to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. The three girls at the counter couldn't get my order right. Couldn't... More 

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Bingley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We called into the Hartside Café on Saturday afternoon for tea and cake. What a fantastic view this place has. We sat having tea, flapjack and mars bar cake looking out onto a spectacular view not to be missed. The place was very busy with bikers, cyclists and walkers. This is a place that must be visited to enjoy the... More 

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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Great wee place this, was very very busy when we visited. The staff did look a bit stressed, maybe they didn't think it was going to be as busy?? Good food, not great but very good and just what is needed on a bike run. The bike gets fuelled at the nearby petrol station, and this was our fuel stop... More 

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Nottingham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Stopped here for lunch at the half way point of a 1 day coast to coast bike ride. Fantastic views after a monster climb. Plenty of cheap and cheerful food which was exactly what we needed to stoke up for the afternoon to come.

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County Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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

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

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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: British

Description

Between Melmerby & Alston on the A686

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