5 Great Lunch Spots in the South Lakes

The South Lakes have no shortage of great cafés and restaurants, providing both locals and visitors with an abundance of places to eat out.

Farrer’s Tea & Coffee House

Starting off our list of great lunch spots in the South Lakes is Farrer’s Tea & Coffee, the oldest coffee roaster in the UK! Established in 1819, the merchant business has been blending tea and roasting coffee for more than 200 years! Customers can shop online for their wide range of teas and coffees or sample them for themselves at their lovely Kendal café, the Farrer’s Tea & Coffee House, which is located on the town high street. More than 30 different varieties of coffee are available to complement their lunch menu, all freshly roasted!

Low Sizergh Barn

An award-winning farm shop and café near Kendal, Low Sizergh Barn is a unique place to have a lovely lunch out. With their fruit, vegetables, eggs, and milk all produced on the farm itself, the café serves an assortment of excellent locally-sourced, homemade meals every day of the week. In fact, almost everything served at Low Sizergh Barn comes from a local farmer, butcher, baker, or other small business! The café’s gallery windows even look down into the farm’s milking parlour, allowing visitors to watch the milking process in action.

The Hare & Hound

For those who prefer a pub lunch, the Hare & Hounds is a lovely place to spend a picturesque afternoon in the Lyth Valley. Originally a coaching inn built in the 16th century, the Hare & Hounds has retained much of its rustic charm as a Lakeland village pub, while also offering locally-sourced meals for dining customers and guests. The pub can be found in the village of Levens, near Kendal, on the edge of the South Lakes. In fact, the pub is close to Levens Park, making it an ideal spot to have lunch if you’re planning an afternoon walk!

Carus Green Golf Club

Whether you’re a fan of golf or just good food, the Carus Green Golf Club is certainly worth visiting in Kendal. Open seven-days-a-week, Carus Green boasts both a restaurant and lounge with a wide range of meal options on the menu and lovely views across the pristine golf course. This is a lovely place to have lunch, regardless of whether you’ve just spent time on the course itself or are simply looking for somewhere nice to eat. The club also has a newly-opened Sports Lounge with live sporting events, ensuring that it caters to golf fans in more ways than one!


Situated in a lovely spot overlooking the River Kent, Wilfs occupies what was once a bobbin loft, now transformed into a cosy rural café. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to have a nice lunch out or just a tea or coffee, Wilfs is a favourite of many locals who frequent the nearby riverside walks. Indeed, a Miles Without Stiles walk along the banks of the River Kent is one of our five recommended walks in the South Lakes, and Wilfs is a lovely place to rest after a day out on the riverbanks.

There are so many great lunch spots here in the South Lakes, and since there are a wide range of health benefits to getting out and staying active in later life, the area is perfect for older people! You can find out more about supported living in the South Lakes and see if Home Instead South Lakes could be right for you or your loved ones by clicking here.