|Frequency||Several times a year|
Food wine (or beer) and friendships - ‘Seeking Cumbria’s finest dining experience’
Pub Grub to Global Dining to Fine Dining
You do not need to come to every event; choose those which most appeal. Non-members and friends welcome. (Maximum 2 U3A events).
We aim for an easy-going, friendly group: distinctly non-stuffy. All restaurants/hotels are amongst the very finest in Cumbria.
Our hostesses greet you at the entrance and you will be made most welcome.
Happy to arrange a lift or travel companion. Why not bring a friend?
Contact the coordinator to express an interest or book a place.
In July we found virtual perfection at The Inn on the Lake, Glenridding. Thanks to a glorious sunny day we took full advantage of the terrace, overlooking Ullswater, which opened from our private dining room. Wonderful food and extremely efficient, pleasant service.
September. Dining at The Samling proved so popular an additional date a week later was also fully booked. Exceptional food and fantastic views over Windermere from their new dining room.
October. We were treated to an Indian Banquet at Cinnamon Spice, Silverdale. Very good food and attentive service.
November. Thirty of us enjoyed traditional Pub Grub at The Black Labrador. Super meat pies.
Lunches 12.30 p.m. for 1.00 p.m. Special Dietary requirements catered for.
CASTLE DAIRY (Kendal). Wed. 7th Feb. Beautifully refurbished after Storm Desmond. Head Chef Chris O'Callaghan. Private Event. Three courses coffee and petit fours £28.50.
THE PLOUGH (Lupton). Tues. 20th March. Eighteenth Century Coaching Inn. Head Chef Robert Stacey, formerly of Castle Dairy.
Three Courses £27.95 Two courses £22.95.
GILPIN SPICE (Windermere). Mon. 30th April.
Food and Drink Awards 2017, 'Best Newcomer' and Finalist 'Restaurant of the Year' Tasting Menu £25.
Our hostesses greet you at the entrance and you will be made most welcome. Happy to arrange a lift or travel companion. Why not bring a friend? PAY ON THE DAY. Email or 'phone Gail to book or for details.
The Black Swan (Ravenstonedale). April. Excellent and Interestingly different themed lunch, 'Influences of Japanese food on British Cooking'
In May we dined at Lyth Valley Inn, a beautiful setting, excellent food, enjoyed by all. Lyth Valley Inn kindly donated Afternoon Tea for two including a bottle of prosecco to our free prize draw.
The Inn on the Lake (Glenridding). Report next Newsletter.
Three course meals (multiple choices), coffee, petits fours. Or Tasting Menu. Occasional Pub and Global Dining. Special Dietary requirements catered for.
Our hostesses greet you at the hotel entrance and you will be made most welcome. Happy to arrange a lift or travel companion. Why not bring a friend? PAY ON THE DAY. Email or 'phone Gail to book or for details. 12.30 p.m. for 1.00 p.m.
THE SAMLING (Windermere). Mon. 11th Sep. (Fully booked; additional date to be arranged). Stunning new Michelin Starred restaurant recently opened; friendly staff, magnificent views over Lake Windermere. Tasting Menu 7 courses £45.
CINNAMON SPICE (Silverdale). Tues. 3rd October. EVENING 6.30 p.m.
Friendly family run Indian Restaurant, excellent Trip Advisor. Opposite Gaskell Hall LA5 0RG. Special banquet £15 (cash only). Unlicensed, take own drinks; No corkage.
THE BLACK LABRADOR (Underbarrow). Mon. 6th Nov.
Cosy, traditional 16th century country Inn. Runner up 'Food and Drink Pub of the Year 2017'. View the Menu, some old favourites. 3 courses £24.95, 2 courses £19.95.
HRISHI at GILPIN HOTEL (Windermere). Mon. 4th Dec.
Exceptionally comfortable Country House Hotel. Awarded Michelin Star 2017. Christmas Lunch. £35
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CASTLE DAIRY (Kendal) Wed. 7th Feb. £28.50
Menus will be posted as they become available.
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In December we visited The Punch Bowl, Crosthwaite where 43 diners enjoyed excellent food. The Punch Bowl donated two free lunches or dinners to our free prize draw.
L'Enclume welcomed us on two dates in January. Rated as excellent by our diners. First class food and service from UK's No.1 Restaurant.
Occasional Pub and Global Dining.
Special Dietary requirements catered for.
PAY ON THE DAY.
THE BLACK SWAN (Ravenstonedale) Mon. 24 April 1.00 for 1.30 p.m.
Private event. Themed lunch, 'Influences of Japanese food on British Cooking' presented by Chef, Scott Fairweather. £27.50
LYTH VALLEY COUNTRY INN (Lyth). Tues. 9 May 12.30p.m. for 1.00p.m..
Nestled between Scouts Scar and Whitbarrow Scar, with far reaching views over the Damson Valley. Extensively refurbished and reopened in July16. Chef Jamie Roberts, formerly of Kendal College and Miller Howe. Sous Chef Shaun Edmondson. £38.95
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INN ON THE LAKE (Glenridding) Tues 18 July 12.30p.m. for 1.00p.m.
Set in 15 acres of grounds, on the shores of Ullswater with views extending over the Helvellyn mountain range. Head Chef Mark Harris has worked in some of the worlds finest hotels including 2 Michelin star La Gavroche, 1 Michelin star Capital Hotel London and Le-Meridien Brussels. £32
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THE SAMLING (Windermere). Mon. 11th Sep.
Stunning new restaurant, recently opened, with views extending over Lake Windermere. Head Chef Nick Edgar, protégé of Raymond Blanc, worked for 15 years at Raymond's famous 2 Michelin starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons Hotel. Tasting Menu £45.