Bistro at the Distillery

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1014 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Set in a former Victorian cattle parlour, the Bistro’s surroundings and inspirations are reassuringly solid, natural and rooted in the Lake District. And this is reflected in our food; honest, generous and full of flavour. Our team is passionate about what they do and our superb surroundings. Discover more about who we are and let us welcome you to The Bistro at the Distillery.

The Bistro specialises in 'best of British' cuisine, with local produce taking centre stage. Join us for a simple coffee and a slice of home-made cake, or go all out with brunch, lunch, a full afternoon tea or leisurely three-course supper. We operate a daily set menu which changes regularly and a sumptuous a la carte selection. Enjoy sweet treats galore with our Afternoon Tea, offered daily (Mon-Sat) between 3-5pm or a classic Sunday Roast to end the week.
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MelanieM
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, very friendly and accommodating waiting staff and delicious cocktails! Only wish I lived closer to visit regularly!

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EmmaS
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch. Superb value set menu and lovely and personable, friendly staff. Faultless!

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LMSC
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our voucher was a meal for 2 from the fixed menu (2 courses). It was certainly well worth a visit. The food was of a very high quality & in extremely pleasant surroundings.

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MikeL
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and an excellent choice of dish options.

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colink
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have visited the Bistro several times before, This time I had the company of some dear friends who came to the Bistro for the first time. They loved it as much as I have always done. Everything was excellent. Thank you.

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Mivibe1972
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From walking into the Bistro to leaving we were treated to amazing food, impeccable service, friendly, professional staff and great cocktails.
High standard throughout, meaning we will be returning again and again.

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DavidO
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely fresh food.
Ordered from the fixed menu and wasn't disappointed.
All food is freshly made and pleasantly presented.
Good drinks choice too and reasonable prices
Will definitely make the trip again

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Bops
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regular customers of the Bistro...the service is always second to non...Matthew looked after us once again and as always brilliant...thank you Matthew....cocktails and food superb...we love visiting the distillery...see you next month!

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ASutherland
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A great place for lunch with a good choice and attentive service.

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GabyF
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely lunch at the Bistro before the boys did their whiskey tour. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’ve been to the distillery a few times and always enjoyed it but didn’t feel the food or service was brilliant this time. I think £26 is pretty steep for quite an average 3 course Sunday lunch and, although staff were polite and friendly, we had to ask for more drinks and water and one of our group was completely forgotten when we had our starters brought. I would still recommend friends to try it but, for me, it’s not as good as it has been before

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MorgaineT
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A super, charming bistro with delicious food. We had the cheese souffle and the battered cod and chips. Food served beautifully, not too much or too little, and extremely tasty. The service was wonderful, quick and not intrusive.
I will be going back in a couple of weeks again. Very impressed.

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ChristineJ
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Once again we had a lovely meal here. It's relaxing, good food, good value and friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1food2service5ambience4

My wife ordered a roast chicken lunch which was stone cold when it arrived at our table .My omelette was fine which I finished before the second roast chicken meal arrived. This one was burned to a cinder. So she then ordered the omelette which was ok. Suffice to say we dined alone.

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maddy
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited the bistro after completing the distillery tour. We were warmly welcomed and seated quickly. The menu choice was amazing. We really struggled to choose what to have. Both we both ended up having the same 3 courses which were all amazingly well cooked and presented. We would definitely return if in the area again.

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Parky
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time in over 40 years we have ever been out on valentines night. We had a fairish drive to get there so we had a earlier booking than we would have had normally. Staff are welcoming, and they remember us. Enjoyed the valentines day menu, shared a lobster for the main course, had to forego the complimentary cupid cocktail as I was driving. All in all very enjoyable. The quality has kept its standard since we went in when it first opened.

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SalL
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had scallops for starter, they were a little under done however this didn’t stop me from eating them. Great flavours for all three courses. Good value for money for the Sunday lunch.

Although I don’t drink, the shop was worth a visit too.

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Cathyb
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were met with a warm greeting and seated immediately. Lovely atmosphere with simple tasteful furnishings. Waiting staff we’re lovely and attentive. Menu was varied and suited everyone’s tastes and drinks menu extensive. When the food arrived it was lovely and of a high standard and we couldn’t fault a single element. Loved everything about the place and will definitely be revisiting in the very near future!!

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PaulineS
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Food was lovely and staff could not be faulted. Will certainly recommend to others.

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Sammycowan
Cumbria
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The first thing I mentioned to my wife was the Excellent service from the staff. Food spot on aswell

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ElizabethD
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at the Lakes Distillery- very tastefully rénovation. We enjoyed our meal which was well presented and very tasty. We would visit again if in the area.

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PhilipJ
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the Lakes Distillery Bistro and we found the food and service first class. There was no fuss and we were well looked after.

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MARKR
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Husband rang ahead to say I was a vegan. On arrival told the vegetarian options were vegan on the set menu. Shortly afterwards waiter informed us that the last vegetarian/ vegan option had sold out! Did I want a big salad instead? Not really as a main meal on a cold January evening! To be fair they rustled together a roasted mixed veg meal which was tasty. Found it disappointing that there was a complete lack of vegetarian options. Husband enjoyed his meal and we were pleased we paid the offer price and not the full price. Would not recommend to non meat eaters

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DavidG0ll
Cumbria
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything went very well the meal was great as was the service.

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KarenT
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We originally came to the distillery four years ago and signed up to the founders club and then went into lunch.
I am glad to say that the quality of the food and the staff were excellent and we are looking forward to visiting again soon

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Rosie
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and brilliant service from our waiter will be going back here.

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SarahI
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bistro is a great place to dine - bringing a bit of glamour to an evening out with great local food, excellent service and a range a imaginative cocktails- the set menu is wonderful value

JM
JaniceM
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there with my sisters for one if there birthdays. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. The service, food & ambience was really good. They did not hurry us to leave giving us time to catch up.

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RonnieA
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great surroundings, atmosphere and food.
Staff are a tribute to the business.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service right from before the door was opened for us; without prompting we were guided to a better and more convenient table for a less mobile member of the party. Lively ambience; varied menu and great cooking. Attentive, prompt, friendly service from start to finish. Great birthday lunch.

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GailM
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lakeland Distilery and Bistro really worth a visit.
Beautifully restored Bistro from old farm buildings.
Friendly and efficient staff, great choice of menu.
Outside dining.

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MaggieH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent experience, one of our top three places to eat

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

100% improvement on our last visit. Service has vastly improved. Staff were very attentive and polite. The two young waiters showing a good balance of respect in their work and casual conversation. Food was excellent as always.

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JoannaW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice on menu
Good value
Beautiful and tasty food
Friendly staff

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SueT
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food with a good choice.
Very attentive and efficient staff.

MB
MarkB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at the Distillery - perfect place to celebrate a birthday with the family - thanks

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Jacqueline1
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a table of 4 friends beside the fire on New Year’s Eve. Food was excellent, service excellent particularly Mat. Could not fault the night. Outstanding.

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LynneF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant evening for New Years Eve. Great food, great service, excellent restaurant.

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Sanlees
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in a delightful setting, great bistro, classy, lovely staff,very friendly. I had the steak which was just beautifully cooked. Only a new years eve menu but plenty of choice.went for breakfast this morn at 10 am but sadly no hot food till 11 am which was disappointing but we know for next time. Will def go back when we are in area again

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Jace
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very attentive staff and beautiful surroundings. We were made to feel very welcome. Would highly recommend

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Bistro at the Distillery is rated 4.5 stars by 1014 OpenTable diners.