Bistro at the Distillery

4.3
827 reviews
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Worth the Drive
  • Local Ingredients
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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AR
Cumbria
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Travelled over 100miles for the fishcakes. No fiskcakes on arrival. Had a distillers lunch which was very nice.

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KF
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Bistro at the Distillery over Easter weekend and were able to sit out in the stunning courtyard as the weather was so beautiful. Food and drinks were excellent and service was great. We saw a number of people having afternoon tea which also looked fabulous. We followed our lunch with a tour of the distillery which I would highly recommend. Will definitely plan to visit again to try the afternoon tea and meet the alpacas!

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SS
Cumbria
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had various dishes between the four of us, all of them excellent. Staff were very pleasant but a little unorganised at the beginning of the meal. The surroundings were beautiful. The tables outside well thought and well organised for good weather, in fact we really enjoyed eating in the open air.

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OT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Good food attractive on a plate but main course service a bit too slow.However all plates served at same time

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A
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I had the most fabulous afternoon tea this week, the food was outstanding and I would highly recommend to anyone. I’ve never had sandwiches so fresh and the cakes were so delicate. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the premises spotless and comfortable.

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K
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is one of the best restaurants I have been to in the area. The food is of brilliant quality and the service is good. The staff were very helpful with their recommendations and prompt in delivery. The area surrounding the restaurant is beautiful which makes the whole experience very pleasant. The restaurant is fairly quiet so is very easy to have a good conversation with your company. I very much enjoyed my visit and will definitely be visiting again if I get an opportunity.

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HR
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the Bistro has some interesting food including Cumbrian favourites and the quality is good. Also do afternoon tea with some really delicious cake. A good Bistro in a wonderful setting.

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BS
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal for 4 adults and 2 children on Sunday 14th which fell into school holiday period. Food was well presented and hot, staff friendly and helpful. Sunday lunch very good also fish and chips excellent. The children enjoyed both fish and sausage and chips with treacle tart their plates were clear, amazing, to top it all children's food was free for holiday period.

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J
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Thought the starters were a little lacking for the price, would have expected to have been offered water, but were not.Main courses very nice.

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IB
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Misunderstanding re booking. Also we had advised that this was to celebrate a birthday but this went by unmarked which was disappointing. Redeeming feature was waiter, Matthew, who treats his job as a profession - very impressive and very refreshing. He should be running the whole place. Food fab but specials menu did not include anything which was not already on main menu. A little more variety required.

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RB
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and still not disappointed, really enjoyed the food and attentive service.

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LH
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was amazing. We had three generations and they all agreed that it was a fantastic lunch. We will definitely come again and spread the word. Thank you to all the staff.

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J
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The bistro is a very pleasant location to have a meal. The food is usually very good and the service polite and efficient.

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OT
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Out for a birthday lunch. Great food and service

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JS
Munich
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and service. Perfect for our 31st Anniversary.

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B
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming staff. Lovely bistro with room between each table. Attentive staff. Great wine and the food was delicious.
We will be hack to ear again

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JB
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very informative tour and great food. Staff went out the way to accommodate food tolerances. Thank you

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KC
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good all rounder. Compliments the distillery. Would come again.

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SG
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent and the surroundings are really unusual in the converted barns as part of the distillery. The service was friendly and relaxed and the Lakes Gin was fabulous.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely setting with attentive staff. Food was excellent and reasonably priced.

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KG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the food was absolutely superb, service was good, the staff as always were friendly and helpful.
the whole experience was extremely good, the only downside was that they had run out of the dessert that my wife and I wanted, which must mean it was excellent, however the alternative we chose was delicious anyway so the disappointment was short lived. We would thoroughly recommend the Bistro.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent night, gorgeous food, great staff and we would especially like to thank Matthews, very helpful and attentive. Thank you

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T
Newcastle
19 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Had the scotch egg to start which was good, but the main chicken dish which consisted of a small piece of chicken fine beans and a small round pancake which was tasteless and the sauce was watery and the whole dish needed seasoning
Very disappointing meal

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JA
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food. The waitres, Ellie was outstanding - so friendly, efficient and attentive.

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LS
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service as always,would highly recommend

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TB
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were made to feel welcome right from the start.
It was my husband's birthday and they gave him a bowl of chips at no cost to go with his meal.
Super!
Thanks

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KE
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our visit to the Distillery was for a birthday treat and the whole experience was very enjoyable. The staff were friendly and helpful. We, also, booked for lunch and the food was delicious, however, there were not enough members of staff and we felt that the wait between courses was too long.

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HH
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

From start to finish, we all had a wonderful evening at the Bistro. The food was delicious & 3 courses for £15 on a Saturday night - we couldn’t believe the value!! Waiter for our table was lovely.

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YB
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was really lovely if a little small on the portion sizes, the service was polite but slow

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PM
Cumbria
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another lovely meal fantastic service great food cant wait to come again

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OT
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Despite not being busy they still dumped us on a tiny table in the far corner of the room and then forgot us for 15 minutes! When finally we revived some service it was minimal and non caring!

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L
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super mid week meal. Good choice and beautifully presented. Attentive(but not intrusive) friendly staff. Will definitely return on our next visit to the Lakes and often recommend to friends visiting the area too.

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JG
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have dined at the Bistro many times and is our go to 'safe' restaurant, having always had a great meal. Regrettably this time our expectations were not met on the food front. One of our party chose the sea bass with the thai sauce, which was a very small portion and she said was rather tasteless, and my husband and I chose the chateaubriand medium rare, which arrived medium and the portion size to be shared by two was actually laughable. At £64 for 2.5 thin pieces of fillet, a mushroom, a tomato a few green beans, chips and bearnaise butter each was a total rip off. It should have been priced at £44 absolute tops.
We did complain, and the staff were very polite, and apologetic and handled the situation well by discounting the meal.
We will definitely return to the bistro, but will not be having the chateaubriand again, and will be more cautious in future. Not quite as safe as we previously thought.

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TD
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant ambience with good, attentative staff; food was of a good standard - would certainly return.

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VW
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

We have lunched a few times before and were well satisfied but this time was different. We were cold and did not take our coats off for about half an hour. The noise level made it difficult to have a conversation with other than those immediately next or opposite. The food, when we got it, was good but most tables were served before us. However, the staff were most apologetic and waved our bill even though we had thought to pay for the sweets. I am sure this was a 'one-off' and we departed satisfied with our treatment.

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal to celebrate a friends birthday, friendly professional staff. Looking forward to our next meal. Thank you

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PS
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Initial impression was that it was cold the under floor heating apparently takes some time to warm the room. It did improve as more people arrived. The dish I chose was not available but the meal I had was very nice. Lovely waitress, good company and pancakes delicious.

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ES
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Afternoon Tea was a gift and we were very disappointed.
In particular poor selection of cakes and stodgey scones

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T
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a return visit for us as we love the casual atmosphere and exceptional food. Sadly our previous visits have been let down by poor waiting service, but I am happy to say that the service this time was much improved with all the staff being helpful and attentive. Excellent. We will be back.

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AS
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic quality food again and great value as from taster promotion

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