Eating in and around Hawkshead is really about good pub food. In the village itself there are four decent pubs,  with high quality pub meals being served in the Red Lion, The Queens Head and the Kings Arms and The Sun. Nearby there are also The Outgate Inn in  nearby Outgate, and The Tower Bank Hotel in Near Sawrey. The two Sawreys (Near and Far) also offer a range of excellent country house hotel dining, with The Sawrey  House HotelEes Wyke Country House both of which have excellent views of the lake and forest .  

Local produce is a feature of menus in many of these establishments, with Lakeland lamb and beef, organic trout from Hawkshead Trout Farm being well represented. In the autumn and winter months traditional dishes of local  game such as Grizedale Forest venison and Graythwaite Estate pheasant can usually be found.

A couple of miles up the road is The Drunken Duck, allegedly one of the best gastropubs in England; you'll pay  high for the privilege but it's good and the views from outside the pub are terrific. Just down from there is Chesters at Skelwith Bridge, sit next to the river in the summer and enjoy an excellent meal or a rather large cream cake with your capuccino.