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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Modern country-house cooking and glorious views

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

The Leathes Head is tucked away in the heart of the beautiful Borrowdale Valley, and their chef shows real passion for locally-grown and reared produce in daily-changing menus. Ham hock terrine is pointed up with mustard mayonnaise, sherry vinegar jelly and a crispy deep-fried quail's egg, while local Herdwick hogget is showcased in a main course involving cutlets, roasted shoulder and kidney with white bean purée, fondant potato and a glossy rosemary jus. Fish-wise, there might be sea trout with smoked crushed potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli and wild garlic mayonnaise. For dessert, citrussy lemon parfait is counterpointed with the intensity of praline and caramelised popcorn.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 3–25 January
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 8.30


  • Chef(s): Mr Noel Breaks

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 31
  • Wines over £30: 23
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Starter from: £10
  • Main course from25
  • Dessert from: £10
  • 2-course lunch from: £25
  • 3-course lunch from: £35
  • 2-course dinner from: £35
  • 3-course dinner from: £45
  • Tasting menu from: £110
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible

Additional information

  • Seats: 30
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

3.75 miles south of Keswick on B5289, set back on the left.

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