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Hartside Top Cafe

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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank jtbodger
Manchester UK
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173 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Called here for morning coffee en route elsewhere. It was a fairly clear day & we had good views over the countryside. Because of its situation atop many hairpins & winding roads the Cafe attracts cyclists & bikers as well as other tourists. It serves a variety of meals & snacks appearing to be of good value. Seasonal opening hours... More 

Thank ColinManchesterUK
London, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on our way south and decided to check-out the view from the top of Hartside. As we neared the top the rain started and the clouds came down; we could see all of 50-yards! We took refuge in the Hartside Top Café and were very glad we did. The atmosphere inside was buzzing, most of the tables were... More 

Thank Cliff J
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After climbing the 1900ft through the cloud this was a very very welcome sight. Wish the weather was better so we could have enjoyed the views. I have to say that the positioning of this cafe is perfect and seeing it through the cloud certainly helped spur me on to reach the summit

Thank David B
West Timperley, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a motorbike tour up through the Lakes. Thought I'd go see what all the fuss was with Hartside. Now I know ! Basic Cafe but great food, best eaten outside enjoying those mega views.

Thank Mikec1098
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This café is a lifesaver for cyclists who've either overheated on the cycle up, or are freezing cos its raining. Reasonable price and quality, but, to be honest, anything would be fine after that ride!!

Thank Rob A
Durham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go there on our bikes nice ride up there love it ! Only had coffee seems a bit on expensive side for anything else

Thank Diamonds_n_leather
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only stopped here for a quick re-fuel on our coast to coast bike ride, but the service was quick, pleasant and they had date cake which is something I hadn't had since my school days

Thank Chris_Lowe_13
England, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After the breathtaking climb, this is the perfect place to stop for a cup of tea and take in the extraordinary views across the the Lakes. The staff are friendly and there is a wonderful selection of delicious cakes.

Thank Meticulosity

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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
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children
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?