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Hartside Top Cafe

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Hartside summit | Alston Road, Penrith, England
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Gold Coast, Australia
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207 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Geronimo_notlaw
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth stopping for the view alone; quick friendly counter service; good range of baking to go with mug of coffee; not cordon bleu, but good honest scoff - just what we needed!

Thank Colin6612
Leyland, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 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 2 helpful votes
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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98 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 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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25 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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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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288 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 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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90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 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

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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
Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Child-friendly, 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?