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Hartside Top Cafe

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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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Dining options: Breakfast, Coffee & Tea, Lunch
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
Food with a view

I had heard of this place and decided to visit on way south from Carlisle. Not disappointed it was cold and windy but I guess it always is. The views are wonderful cafe is warm and cosy food and coffee were pretty good. It is worth seeking out, full of cyclists when we were there so you had better... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I had heard of this place and decided to visit on way south from Carlisle. Not disappointed it was cold and windy but I guess it always is. The views are wonderful cafe is warm and cosy food and coffee were pretty good. It is worth seeking out, full of cyclists when we were there so you had better be... More 

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Sawley, United Kingdom
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35 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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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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56 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
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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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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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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12 helpful votes 12 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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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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Restaurant Details

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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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