Bistro at the Distillery

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990 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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KT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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

R
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

SI
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
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.

RA
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

GM
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.

MH
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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.

JW
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

ST
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

MB
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

J
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.

LF
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

S
Manchester
2 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

J
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

GW
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Bistro at the Distillery several times. On this occasion it was to celebrate my 65th birthday with two dear friends - and what a birthday meal it turned out to be! The shoulder of lamb was the best roast lamb dinner my fiancee and I have ever had. A perfectly cooked thick, though not too thick, steak of lamb - not just slices. Tender and juicy with a very acceptable amount of fat! Excellent sizeable Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, carrots and ample gravy and mint sauce helped make it a memorable aftenoon`s eating. Topped off with an egg nog panna cotta and a glass of the One whisky Port cask finish....... Looking forward to my next birthday!!!

CR
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dairy free items had been highlighted, excellent service, lovely food. 2/3 course set menu was good value

SC
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The staff were friendly and helpful. We arrived late and explained our worry of being late for the distillery tour. The staff helped super fast ordering of food.

YM
Cumbria
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Christmas set menu was lovely, highly recommend the beetroot salad starter and sirloin main.
Staff as always very professional

AH
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a 3 course festive menu started was very nice pudding was lovely, main meal was a little bit of a let down food was warm rather than hot, gravy was really runny, this is the only thing that let it down,

B
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience
Food very nice but a bit tight with the fresh veg and no stuffing with the turkey
We will def go again

B
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really nice restaurant in a great setting. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Only one slightly negative was the main course was quite cold and this was a shame as it took the shine off the experience.

E
Cumbria
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Service was a little slow to begin with , however the service improved as the meal progressed. Food was tasty and well presented. The staff were generally friendly and enthusiastic. I will return of course as the Distillery offers good value for money in a pleasant environment.

d
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall the meal was very good although it took a long time for our order to be taken. It seemed that we were stuck in a corner and forgotten about; however when they did finally take our order they were very apologetic about it, and fortunately we were not in a particular hurry.

B
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service on Saturday as usual...thank you

LC
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and atmosphere. Have never been before but certainly would again. I had been it touch in advance to let them know I was vegan and they were able to tell me what was suitable for me to eat.

I was with 2 colleagues and we all thoroughly enjoyed the food. The staff were exceptionally friendly to a point we all commented on it. Very good service.

Restaurant itself is comfortable and well decorated with a cosy fire, and the onsite shop was great. Overall an excellent experience and I would definitely br back.

HB
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing place. The food was outstanding and the staff were so polite and thoughtful. Will we definitely be back in the furure. Thank you for making our first trip a memorable one!

A
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The staff at The distillery are really lovely, and welcoming but the service is slow. For example we had to ask 4 times for some horseradish sauce to go with the roast beef. It would be a nice touch to have some bread offered at the start of the meal, we had a delicious starter of prawns and avocado and a small piece of bread to mop up the sauce would have been great. It would be a challenging venue for a lone disabled diner to negotiate their way to the toilets, this is disappointing as the bistro is a new build and is not accessible for wheelchair users unless they have an able bodied person with them. Negotiating the slope down from the carpark in a wheelchair is not for the risk adverse diner! All that said the food is delicious and I am a regular customer

CJ
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, stunning setting, attentive service. Will definitely be back.

m
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Didn't appreciate being charged £4 for a soda water and cordial.

Neither did we appreciate buying items from the shop after the tour n then calling in a Farm shop the way home and the items were cheaper than we had paid at the Distillery.

However the staff were lovely n friendly and helpful.

JC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a fabulous meal on sunday. Staff where so friendly too. We will be back. Thank you julie clarke

f
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have visited the Bistro several times and have always been more than satisfied with the whole experience, If ever I am in the Lakes the Bistro is one of the must visits to put in the calendar.
This time was on the occasion of the Xmas lights switch-on-excellent.

C
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the gin distillery and will definitely be going back the food was excellent price was great and the Gin was out of this world so 5*

TE
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch! Relaxed surroundings, great service and delicious food.

JA
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I eat here, as do my friends , as I am a coeliac and require a strict GF diet. There is an understanding here about this and the issues of cross contamination. This makes the whole experience more restful.

It would have been lordly to eat in the entrance restaurant as the fire has a lovely ambience. However the food is the most important factor !

Thanks to the staff for making it their business to be clued up re dietary issues and take this seriously.

MC
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Superb food and service - would highly recommend. We have eaten at the distillery a few times and really enjoy the variations of foods served at the Bistro. Possibly the weather but a little colder in the restaurant on the occasion.

FR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious, but there were a couple of mix ups on service. We have been before and this hasn’t happened previously. Was Were just unfortunate on the night but was rectified to our satisfaction, by the staff who were helpful and friendly.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This is the 2nd time out of many times we have been to the distillery and had a problem with service.In fairness this was not the waitresses fault ,it was the time we had to wait between starter and main course ,the manager apologised and toke the price of our 1st round of drinks of the bill.
The food is usually excellent and this time my husband’s and mine were very nice but my daughter had a problem with her salad,no anchovies,cold chicken and lumps of cold bacon,and sparse amount of dressing. The manager again apologised and dealt with it in an appropriate way.
We left reasonably happy but as it was a special occasion it was a shame it didn’t go smoothly.
I have said we’d recommend the distillery because we have had lovely meals here, it’s just a pity that we have now had 2 in a row unsatisfactory experiences

EH
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb atmposhere, relaxed but friendly. Staff were excellent and looked after us extremely well. The food was outstanding, we had the fixed price menu and everything looked amazing, tasted fabulous and was great value too. Drinks were also superb - the Mojito Royale was deliciously lethal! All in all a brilliant evening - we will definitely be back.