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Hartside Top Cafe

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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had morning tea on our way to Lake District. Best cheese scone I've had in the UK. The place is motorbike crazy and apparently tends to cater to that group (judging by previous comments I've read. The whole place is basic although we found it to be generally clean and tidy and it had a top food rating. However, the... More 

Thank Grant N
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

went on a sunday 2 weeks ago, had a great lunch. Took the family and even though it was busy we got seats. Lots of bikers in but nice crowd. The service was fast, meals tasty, and well priced. Will go again.

Thank gary s
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Called past for a cupa and a slice of cake, jumped out of our clean car, with our clean Dog, sat down to order, £10 worth of goodies, its that your Dog? yes why? get it out of here, not allowed, they are dirty? , looking around the place i mention to look at all the mud and pools of... More 

Thank Lays13
Devizes, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great potential, but not friendly to wet cyclists, insisting we sat on plastic bin liners. Seemed a bit odd as they didn't seem to be so worried about customers wearing sopping wet motorbike gear! as a biker and a cyclist I found this disappointing. Its an obvious stop off for both, so why not embrace cyclists and even offer a... More 

Thank Diana P
Morpeth, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great views from one of the highest spots in England Plenty of lovely pies,and great tea and cakes so much choice Clean wash rooms

Thank Eleanor M
Durham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Hartside Top Cafe is well located for anyone passing over Hartside Summit, and is a particularly welcome stop for cyclists! The views from the cafe are exceptional which is probably one of the best points. The food and drinks are fairly standard, but are perhaps slightly pricy, however this is to be expected given the location. Overall, I would... More 

Thank Alex P
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic views friendly staff only stopped for a cuppa but the food looked nice portions looked substantial full of hikers and bikers pleasant atmosphere

Thank David A
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well, at 6 quid for a basic small breakfast it's a little steep.... to then have moldy toast served is very poor. Cheap sausages and very salty cheap bacon make that 6 quid seem extortionate. Then £2.20 for a latte, seems reasonable until you realise it's one of those Nescafé packet latte! The only plus point that stops this being... More 

Thank brucenamtab1
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you ride a motorbike then this is the place to come for a day out! We have visited on the bike a couple of times, but this time we were in the car on our way home to Newcastle from a weekend in the Lake District. The homemade cakes here are to die for, my favourite it the coffee... More 

Thank Mooniepants
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great comfort food for what you'd expect in the middle of no where on your trip. Great view of the Pennines

Thank Tyrone J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Scenic view, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Penrith
Between Melmerby & Alston on the A686

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?