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Hartside Top Cafe

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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Simply epic. Don't go here for subtlety or delicate helpings. You get down to earth popular food served with kind words and military precision. Oh - and of course the views are spectacular. It's just what you need and just where you want it.

Thank bobtbell
Burton in Kendal, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Lovely service and good food, pleasant staff and excellent views.....on a good day. I think that the ladies who work here need a pay rise!!!!

Thank willewalker
Everywhere and Nowhere!
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58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently visited the cafe while on holiday close by in Melmerby. The cafe has the most amazing views, even on a wild, windy and wet summers day! The cafe was almost covered by clouds, but you could still see across to the Lakes. It has a good range of food and drinks choices, all at reasonable prices. The caramel and... More 

Thank WiganCasinoGal
Durham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a day off and we decided to ride out to Hartside for a spot of lunch. Egg and chips and a cuppa hits the spot. Went for homemade date slice and a second cuppa before heading home.

Thank Judith W
York, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

regulars here, but entered by an open door and told quite bossily to close the door, as though I had left it open! Ordered a coffee, which was disgusting - also food and debris left on floor - will miss this one next time!

Thank Sherefe
Kellington, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

'Twas a tad windy for our visit, staff very friendly, facilities adequate, toilets dirty. Brew was good, cakes ordered were dry & expensive and at £2.30 a slice would have expected better. Spent £14 on two brews & some cake ... I understand they have to make hay while the sun shines but the standard could be higher for the... More 

Thank T3CSK
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On way to Carlisle from Newcastle & decided to take the scenic route via Alston. Weather wet & misty so views not too impressive. However returned the next day in bright sunshine and stopped off at Hartside Top. Basic food but great for travellers wanting a break and to admire the views. Perhaps a little bit pricey but portion sizes... More 

Thank kilnerman
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not one of the best but top of 1900 feet. Popular with bikers and people who know the area, this cafe is brilliant and good food well priced. The view is spectacular, been coming here for years on travels to and from the lake district. Lovely staff to..... Keep it going.

Thank Iain M
County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

After a big climb up hartside pass, this cafe is a great place to stop with a warm welcome and lots of options for food. I had the cheese flan which was delicious and there's a water tap outside to re-fill all your water bottles, very handy.

Thank rosiesimnett36
Gateshead, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Took the wife for her birthday dinner as I'd heard about it for years but never been , it's a basic cafe quite large , grubs good I had curry rice/chips (although the curry had currants in not to my liking) she had corned beef and potato pie chips n beans , tea and coffee was good , I thought... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups
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?