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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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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
Great setting

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!

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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
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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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91 reviews 91 reviews
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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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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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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47 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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