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Hartside Top Cafe

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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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Leyland, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only popped in for a couple of brews. Couldn't believe the lady serving recycled old tea bags already in an empty pot, filled it with boiling water to give us that lovely overstewed tea taste for a mere £1.10 each. As I say in the title, the views almost compensate but this is like a cafe from the seventies

Thank Chris M
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Typical food to any road side services, but the view is something to die for. I don't think it's over priced with its distance from other places, fairly priced but isn't exceptional. A very good stop off truth be told.

Thank DemiHalman
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

Called in this morning, and was quite surprised it was still open in November. As always a delicious and value for money breakfast. Don't listen to the moaners, Hartside Top has been going since at least the 1960's I think, and the interior maybe could do with a spruce up, but it's an iconic café and long may it last.... More 

Thank helen h
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We called in on Sunday and decided to have full English breakfasts and a cup of tea each ,just under £18 for the 2 of us ,so looking around at the interior and cleanliness of the place the price was more than enough ,the portions were good but the quality of the bacon and sausage were terrible ,the bacon was... More 

Thank lollipopsmam
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Great resting point. Food is spot on and always a friendly vibe. Should stay open later through the week especially in summer!

2 Thank Tom H
Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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284 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Had morning tea on our way to Lake District. Best cheese scone I've had in the UK. The place is motorbike crazy and apparently tends to cater to that group (judging by previous comments I've read. The whole place is basic although we found it to be generally clean and tidy and it had a top food rating. However, the... More 

2 Thank Grant N
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

went on a sunday 2 weeks ago, had a great lunch. Took the family and even though it was busy we got seats. Lots of bikers in but nice crowd. The service was fast, meals tasty, and well priced. Will go again.

1 Thank gary s
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Called past for a cupa and a slice of cake, jumped out of our clean car, with our clean Dog, sat down to order, £10 worth of goodies, its that your Dog? yes why? get it out of here, not allowed, they are dirty? , looking around the place i mention to look at all the mud and pools of... More 

Thank Lays13
Devizes, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Great potential, but not friendly to wet cyclists, insisting we sat on plastic bin liners. Seemed a bit odd as they didn't seem to be so worried about customers wearing sopping wet motorbike gear! as a biker and a cyclist I found this disappointing. Its an obvious stop off for both, so why not embrace cyclists and even offer a... More 

Thank Diana P
Morpeth, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Great views from one of the highest spots in England Plenty of lovely pies,and great tea and cakes so much choice Clean wash rooms

2 Thank Eleanor M

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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
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?