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Lake District restaurants

Famed hunter John Peel's favorite grub is said to have been Tatie Pot (potatoes, onions, black pudding, and Herdwick mutton), but for many years, the dish was almost impossible to find in even the most traditional inns. Now, vigorous efforts are being made to promote the flavorful mutton and lamb of the hardy Lakeland Herdwicks. There is nearly always a Herdwick dish on the menu at the Wasdale Head Inn, some of them quite surprising—try the strawberry pâté.

The Cumberland sausage also has deep roots here. In the backwater village of Waberthwaite, Richard Woodall makes the long strips of pork-and-herb sausage and cured hams that his family has produced for eight generations (Lane End, Waberthwaite, near Millom; 44-122-971-7237; Wash them down with a pint of real ale from Jenning's Brewery in nearby Cockermouth (Castle Brewery, Cockermouth; 44-845-129-7190;

Even if you aren't staying at any of the establishments listed below, all offer food to warm a hiker's heart. And remember: Every single one of the inns recommended in the Hotels section generally has an excellent restaurant as well. You won't go hungry in Cumbria.

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Three Shires Inn, Ambleside

This traditional slate inn of 1872 occupies a fabulous location at the heart of the Langdales with views over Tilberthwaite fells. The popular stone-floored bar...more

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St. Johns Restaurant and Bar at the King's Head, Thirlmere

There are two choices for dining at this 17th-century coaching inn. The more elegant St. Johns Restaurant offers panoramic views of St. Johns in the Vale and...more

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Queen's Head Hotel, Hawkshead

In the dining room of this traditional coaching inn, built in 1548 in the town where Wordsworth went to grammar school, the emphasis is on organic lake trout...more

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Mortal Man Inn, Troutbeck

A favored inn in the Troutbeck Valley since 1689, the Mortal Man is known for fabulous views down the valley to Lake Windermere. The restaurant prides itself on...more

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Herdwick Inn, Penruddock

Unprepossessing from the outside and rather near the highway, this 18th-century inn has a cozy interior and an impressive pub/restaurant. Dishes run from the...more

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