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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
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
Pleasant but expensive.

A welcome stop and an amazing view. The cafe itself is a little bit tired but the food is of reasonable quality albeit a bit expensive. It seems to be popular with motorbikes and cyclists. Had to stand in a long queue with my tray - reminded me of being at school.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A welcome stop and an amazing view. The cafe itself is a little bit tired but the food is of reasonable quality albeit a bit expensive. It seems to be popular with motorbikes and cyclists. Had to stand in a long queue with my tray - reminded me of being at school.

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Somerset
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I've been here many times over the last 25 years or so, but it does need to update a bit. Coffee was average at best & menu leant heavily towards chips. It claims to be cycle friendly (and dozens of riders pass every day) but when I asked if they could fill my cycle drink bottles I was told to... More 

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Cramlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

My husband and I often stop off at the Hartside Top Cafe on our way across to the Lakes and back. We stopped recently on our way to Centre Parcs at Whinfell to break up the route and stop for coffee and views. The views from this cafe never disappoint, even when the weather isn't great, it is still a... More 

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Rushden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Called in here for a cuppa on our journey North from the Midlands. Very popular, and perfect stop for motorbikers, cyclists, walkers and us. Fantastic views over the moors. Great mug of tea too. Toilets also very clean.

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

three quarters of the way up Alston Pass, voted one of the best driving / riding routes in England. The cafe has a reasonable selection of food and drinks at very reasonable prices. So popular that you will struggle to find a table, but on our visit there were 2 Ariel Atoms, 3 SLK55AMGs and numerous supersport motorbikes in the... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great food, a warm welcome, good selection of fry ups, hot coffee....what else do you need apart from the amazing views

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Stopped here for coffee and cake as part of our C2C cycling trip. Massive climb up Hartside and a well deserved treat at the top. We have nothing bad to say, all good! Very clean and welcoming and excellent food. Views are superb. :-)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Fantastic roads leading to the cafe. Once there it has some stunning views, well once the clouds dispersed!! As for the cafe it was clean tidy and welcoming.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Called with biking buddy..." My round says I " 2 medium mugs of filter coffee and 2 bacon sandwiches. ......Almost £12. When the bacon sandwiches arrived they were in the cheapest buns that could be used. They fell apart in our hands. ESTABLISHMENTS WHO FLEECE CUSTOMERS DO NOT DESERVE PATRONAGE. In short...a rip off

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Blyth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Forget all those bad reviews - we come back time and time again for the friendly service and reasonably priced, good, honest food with generous portions. Oh, and the view (if you are lucky enough to see it) is superb.

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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: British

Description

Between Melmerby & Alston on the A686

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