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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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Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
That View!!!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
Stacey A
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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Sudbury, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
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
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Simply stunning location. Obviously decent weather helps, but the views across the Lakeland fells, the Solway Firth to Scotland, and over the North Pennines are just amazing. The staff are very helpful and friendly, even though they are worked off their feet with the unending stream of cyclists, motorcyclists, tourists in cars, and walkers, and the food they provide is... More 

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

went up for a ride out with friends. A few hair raising moments around the bends and up n down winding rds. Don't think I cud ride on back of anyone else on these roads. Thks to my partner my confidence on motorbike is growing fast. A lovely cuppa, warm fire and welcome, nice cakes too n wow what a... More 

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Yaiza, Spain
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

After spending all morning pedaling we stopped at Hartside Top Cafe.we ordered two drinks and poached eggs on toast twice,my mates arrived then mine minus one egg.i was informed it would arrive later.the waitress arrived with the poached egg on the plate slammed it down and the egg flew off luckily it landed on my plate.my mate commented that the... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

Very busy cafe situated on top of a large hill in beautiful countryside. Lots of bikers. Amazing views. Usually have to queue to order its so busy. Service is friendly. The food is good and you get a plate full. Price is reasonable. I will go there again .

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Yaiza, Spain
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

im doing the c2c in oct.thought i would have a ride up to allanheads for a look to see where thorn green was as were staying there one night.anyway i bumped into a cyclist in allanheads and i asked him if he was doing the c2c so we went for a coffee and bite to eat and he gave me... More 

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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: English

Description

Between Melmerby & Alston on the A686

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