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Hartside Top Cafe

| Alston Road, Alston CA9 3BW, England
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good32%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“cakes” (19 reviews)
“poached eggs” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
| Alston Road, Alston CA9 3BW, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cafe very busy. Nice selection of cakes. Good selection of food also. Lovely view from all sides of the building

Thank phillouise
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff great food and a AMAZING views looking over lake district etc .great place for overnight parking in campervan. Stoped there several times .no boy racers.

Thank Darrensawyers1
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

We stopped by for a comfort break but also had coffee and scones. There is a fantastic view from here. Even better if you like cars and bikes.

Thank Steven B
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Third time lucky and the clouds had lifted from Hartside Summit for a view to the Lake District and the Solway Firth! We popped in for cake shortly before closing time. Still a good selection of cakes and desserts to be had, together with good...More

Thank Svea P
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Have been here a few times and the food is decent quality, not too expensive. Got over charged today but it was apologetically sorted out as soon as it was pointed out. Will be back I am sure. Great views when the weather plays ball

Thank peter b
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

After a long cycle up to the cafe I was rewarded (& spoilt for choice) with cake. The selection was vast, the cakes were huge, fresh and very tasty. Amazing value too.

Thank Joo-bug
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Been motorcycle riding with a friend who took me to the Hartside Cafe. Wasn't really hungry, just popped in for a brew, but saw home made pies and then Flapjacks. Well one had to and I was not disappointed.

Thank Nigel B
Reviewed 27 September 2017

It doesn't matter on quality etc as long as it's there. And yes it was there, we had been for a ride out on the bike, very windy but refreshing. What with the wind blowing us back, forth and sideways Hartside was a welcoming site...More

Thank Nigel F
Reviewed 22 September 2017

We have been going here for years as bikers, the food used to be a lot better than the last few years. Decided to give it another go on Sunday and I choose chicken curry with chips, the curry was very dry and the chips...More

Thank Marsdengirls
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Lack of planning on our part meant that our (reasonably large) group arrived without having rung ahead. Kath and the team responded as they do whenever I visit, with professionalism, great service and fantastic food. We were all served in good time, and as ever...More

Thank james_mccormack
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James W
11 April 2017|
Response from Chris M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn't notice. Best give them a call
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Alston Road, Alston CA9 3BW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Alston
Between Melmerby & Alston on the A686
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