The Best Cafes in Penrith, Cumbria

The Best Cafes in Penrith, Cumbria

The historic market town of Penrith in Cumbria is one of the county’s best-known foodie destinations. Served by a wide range of pubs, restaurants and tearooms both within the town and in neighbouring villages, it offers all sorts of culinary delights from breakfast until dinner. Particularly popular are the town’s cafés, which tempt in shoppers, walkers and explorers with thickly-cut sandwiches, wedges of homemade cakes and piping hot cups of tea and coffee.

To get your tastebuds flaring, we’ve put together a list of the top cafés in Penrith for you to try. 

The Top Cafés in Penrith

Chapter 12 Coffee Rooms & Bistro, Penrith

The frontage of Chapter 12 Coffee Rooms and Bistro in Penrith with flowers in the foreground. One of the top cafes in Penrith.

For breakfasts and lunches in Penrith, Chapter 12 Coffee Rooms and Bistro is a real crowd pleaser. From the hearty full English breakfast to toasted sandwiches and salad to the fluffiest scones around, you can let your eyes trip over an indulgent menu full of favourites. With quality and provenance being the two main ingredients here, each dish is made-to-order and crafted with locally sourced produce.

The Narrowbar Café, Penrith

A delicious cake topped with icing and pistachios, baked by one of the chefs at the Narrowbar Cafe in Penryn

Take a seat at the Narrowbar Café in Penrith to enjoy delicious all-day breakfasts, light lunches, big lunches, baked goodness and more. With a superb array of meals served from Monday to Saturday – not to mention hot and cold drinks – you are to find something that’ll hit the right spot. In winter, the cafés coffees are particularly satisfying, while in summer all eyes turn to their tasty milkshakes. 

The Lemon Tree Café, Penrith

A fresh cup of coffee being poured like those ready to be enjoyed in the Lemon Tree Cafe in Penrith

A hidden gem in the Devonshire Arcade in Penrith, the Lemon Tree Café beckons for breakfast, lunch, dinner and plenty in between. Whether you can’t wait to sit back with a glass of wine or get stuck into something filling, you will receive a warm welcome and friendly service to go with your treat of choice. In case you’re struggling, the café’s signature pulled beef sandwiches are particularly popular here.

The Three Crowns Tea Shop, Penrith

The frontage of the Three Crowns Tea Shop in Penrith, a popular cafe in Penrith

For cakes, brews and dribble-worthy lunches, the Three Cowns Tea Shop in Penrith is the place to go. Situated in a picturesque, honey-brick building with indoor and outdoor seating, this family-friendly café provides a welcome break throughout the year. Choose from a range of seasonal specials and a set menu, alongside an ever-changing carousel of cakes and home-baked treats and traybakes. 

Simple Goodness Vegetarian Takeaway Bistro, Penrith 

A variety of sweet and savoury vegetarian foods served by Simple Goodness Bistro in Penrith, a vegetarian restaurant and takeaway

One of the best cafés in the area, Simple Goodness serves up delicious vegetarian meals. Wholesome, filling and sustainable, these plant-based offerings come in the form of decadent soups, fresh salads, flavourful meals and home-made cakes for an experience that is full on flavour and low on guilt. To take some goodness home with you, you can also make use of their takeaway service too.

Ice Cream Garden and Tea Room, Penrith 

The lovely "secret garden" courtyard of the Ice Cream Garden and Tea Room in Penrith, Cumbria

The Ice Cream Garden is a vintage café in Penrith town centre that invites you to step back and take a seat. With a quirky tearoom and a ‘Secret Garden’ courtyard, it creates the perfect setting for laidback lunches and indulgent pick-me-ups throughout the year. Of course, ice cream is always on the menu here too, available in a wide selection of flavours, from the traditional to the experimental. 

Granny Dowbekin's, Pooley Bridge

An outside view of Granny Dowbekin's riverside cafe with its tables and umbrellas outside in the sunshine, located in Pooley Bridge near Penrith in Cumbria

Situated just 15 minutes from Penrith, Granny Dowbekin’s tearoom takes pride of place at the head of Ullswater lake. One of the most popular cafés in the region, this family and dog-friendly café has been serving guests with cream teas and treats in its riverside setting since 1904. Look forward to scones, cakes, quiches and pies baked fresh every day with locally-sourced Cumbrian ingredients, all served alongside lovely views of the River Eamont and Ullswater.

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