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Hartside Top Cafe

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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The view is amazing and its an excellent place to stop for a comfort break. The staff were freindly and we had a window view. The tables were clean but I noticed the chairs made of cloth needed a good clean. The late ☕ was like warmed up milk couldnt taste any coffee and my husbands black coffee was poor... More 

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Egremont, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent cafe on the tortuous route between Penrith and Alston. There is a spectacular view across the northern end of the Eden Valley to the Lake District beyond.

Thank 589Richard
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in here after a lovely bike ride over the Hartside pass. Its quite popular but everyone seemed to have some where to sit. This is a basic cafe with basic decoration but is comfortable, has amazing views and does what it says on the tin! The food is average to good and great value. Its somewhere to take five... More 

Thank George C
Newcastle upon Tyne
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111 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were taking the long way to the Lakes on this lovely spring day. We knew that we could stop at Hartside if no other wayside establishment had grabbed our attention. I am gluten free and sadly they had nothing on offer for me. But I did try an enormous piece of quiche and left the pastry. My husband sweet... More 

Thank Simone N
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We called in for a bacon butty and a mug of tea last Sunday. The staff were very pleasant, the place was clean, the view was stunning, but, the bacon in the sandwiches was abysmal and tasteless. The bread buns broke up, so the four of us left the food virtually uneaten. A little extra care in the procurement of... More 

Thank smith1dv
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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131 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst on a walking holiday in the Alston area, my family called in at Hartside for a drink and a snack. We enjoyed a selection of meat and potato pie, steak pie and a generous ham salad bun. The pot of tea hit the spot. We sat outside in the hot sunshine (March ! ) and enjoyed the fantastic views... More 

Thank Kirky99
Egremont, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 March 2017

visited hartside cafe today with a few mates on motorbikes having a ride out on a sunny saturday afternoon,had a steak pie which was very nice and a cofffee

Thank Stephen C
Lancashire, Uk
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Despite reading a several negative reviews of Hartside Cafe on TripAdvisor, we went ahead with our planned meet of Lotus owners. Personally, I found a clean, tidy, well run cafe. I enjoyed a splendid, good value, bacon and egg butty with a mug of tea. It was served up by pleasant, helpful staff in next to no time.The cafe was... More 

Thank jesterChurchtown
Gold Coast, Australia
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209 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Such a great drive to this fantastic spot up pops the Hartside Cafe. Afternoon was so cold the day we dropped in, place was nice and warm and the view is great but unfortunately that is about as far as we can recommend. Shame the operators don't realize what they have

Thank Michael M
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Stopped for a cup of tea at this place. Immediately upon entry an overwhelming smell of rancid burning fat hits the nostrils. Within minutes it was in our clothes and hair and had we not ordered and paid for the tea, we would have left immediately. I can further confirm that the tea was possibly the worst ever encountered at... More 

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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
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Eden 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?