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£5 - £15
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European, British, Cafe
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On a short break to the Lake district and had been recommended this restaurant from the hotel. Really disappointing. Had to queue over twenty minutes to be seated which is not a huge problem I understand it gets busy but then to have to queue...a further fifteen minutes to order my food seemed absurd. Had pizza which was nice but very expensive for a café setting. Staff were friendly although didn't seem bothered by my complaints.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice balanced menu. Plenty of vegetarian options and I heard people saying the pizza was excellent. However the plates were lacking. Looked tastier than it was. The chickpea dish particularly. I’m not sure how you can make roast squash taste so little. The hummus...and chickpeas were equally bland. Lovely cake. Had the banana and walnut. Very tastyMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 28 February 2024

Decided to visit after a recommendation from our daughter. Even on a drizzly Wednesday it was very busy. Disabled parking so close was a bonus.. Nice menu for both Brunch and Lunch. My husband was delighted that just for once he could have a burger...as they serve gluten free bread. He reported it was amazing. I who very rarely eats pizza was tempted by the pulled ham hock, pineapple chutney and roquiteo pepper pizza. Oh my word the dough was as light as a feather and cooked to perfection, altogether a pleasure to eat. Great coffee too. Good service. Not the cheapest place but hey where is these days?. But worth every penny. Will definitely be going back .More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 14 February 2024

The menus is pretension over provenance inspired by everywhere other than Cumbria. Local appears to be Greece, Peru & Italy. If you can't spell it it's probably in the menus! Why not let good produce speak for itself without trying to impress? Good staff and...a pleasant atmosphere but an ego led menu.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Jane Meaker, General Manager at Levens Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2024

Thank you for your review. Here at Levens Hall, we are a little confused by this one. We don’t see a problem taking inspiration from other world cultures, as that is essentially recent British food culture is all about. We don’t have such easily definable...More

Reviewed 22 October 2023 via mobile

We have been here for brunch a few times now and the standard is always good. The menu is imaginative and although there seems to be a few regular dishes they do seem to vary it quite a lot. This is not the place to...go if you fancy an all day breakfast or a bacon sandwich but if you do fancy something different it's well worth a visit.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023 via mobile

We popped in for tea and (huge & delicious) cake then walked the deer park footpath and returned for lunch. Superb food. Called in the following day for afternoon cheese scones.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 4 October 2023

Very busy good reputation with excellent staff / Felt the food was expensive and adding cake and coffee became expensive / However have to say with a full restaurant that seems to negate my price level criticism ?

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 27 September 2023

We visited Levens Hall today and decided to have coffee. This turned into lunch and we weren’t disappointed. The food was very good quality, the portion sizes were generous.We had towait a little while but it was worth it. The kitchen was obviously busy. We...will definitely be back again.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 25 September 2023 via mobile

Went for lunch for my birthday today and it was absolutely brilliant, staff were smiling and super friendly, my husband had the beef cheek ragu, and I had the beef and bone marrow smash burger, both were so delicious, it was super busy the entire...time we were in and that was a Monday, but it doesn’t surprise me when it’s that good. We’re coming back with family next week. Amazing placeMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023 via mobile

Last month, Levens Bakery opened. We visited and have been weekly visitors since, popping in for food in the restaurant or getting bread/sandwiches from the bakery. When they first opened, cake slices were £3.50 each. Now, they're £4.50. I'm assuming the price of cake ingredients...haven't gone up in the last month and the business owners are cashing in. I visited today and I didn't purchase my regular cake slice. I'll stick to the Witherslack Shop where whole homemade cakes are available for less than the cost of a slice at Levens Hall. Also, why put an eating area next to the toilets? All you can smell is the cleaning fluids when you're trying to eat. It's not very hygienic to be so close to poo particles and chlorine vapour.More

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Reviewed 23 July 2023

We visited Levens Hall and enjoyed a very good coffee, with cake, on arrival and then a really good pizza lunch. The service was helpful and friendly, even at during a very busy period. There was a going choice of food. You have to get...a table first and then order at the counter. There seemed to be a system for people on their own? The food/drink is then brought to you at the table. A bit confusing at first but it seemed to work. Also you can access the cafe without paying to visit the Hall - convenient!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 4 July 2023

Took my sister for a little treat lunch out today to my favourite place (around 35 minutes from home) and absolutely gutted to say I was very disappointed. Upon arrival at around 11.40, we got menus and had a look at what we wanted. As...I am lactose intolerant, eating out can be a pain - but previous experience of Levens Kitchen assured me I'd be okay here. We both checked out the menu and I queued up to order. Queuing time was around 15 minutes until I reached the front, when I asked if I was too late to order the dairy free option on the brunch menu (served until 12pm), to which the lovely, polite staff member assured me I was not. I was thrilled as it was just what I fancied. I proceeded to order a sour dough pizza for my sister (from the lunch section which stated it was served from 12pm), to be told I couldn't because it wasn't 12pm yet. I checked my watch, which read 11.57 and double checked with the lady. At which point I asked if I needed to queue again and she said yes. I was absolutely baffled. I returned to my sister to inform her of this (our table was located near the door and coincidentally at the back of the queue. I realised that by the time I reached the front if the queue again I would not be able to order my preferred option and do began working out what I would eat. At which point, a member of staff asked the whole of the queue (6 or 7 people) if anyone was waiting to order brunch, when everyone responded with "no", she said they would take lunch orders - this was now 11.58!!! To my utter disappointment, I queued again for a further 16 minutes before reaching the front, ordering a dairy free sourdough pizza (which I later found out I couldn't have because although stated on the menu could be made dairy free, actually couldn't be). The pizza received was okay and brownie a little grainy and dryer than usual (my sister couldn't finish hers). All in all, the service was very disappointing today - and very petty regarding times and re-queuing when they decided one more minute later that it was actually okay to order lunch items! Unfortunately I will not be returning as the food we received was mediocre at best and the experience had left us feeling rather deflated. Such a shame to have travelled out for a "treat" which did not turn out that way.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023

wonderful food and great care taken for all those with dietary needs with a great selection for us too. There was an item I couldn't have with my salad which was feta, being dairy free, so they replaced it with something of my choice instead...of removing it and still charging the full price like so many places do.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023

Sorry, I really want to like this place. I love visiting the gardens. I keep hoping the kitchen's highly unpopular queuing system will change as the bad reviews roll on in but it seems as though no-one checks these things. I usually visit with friends,...and I keep on taking them to eat, thinking surely they'll change the system but they don't. tl;dr Don't bother coming here if it's busy unless you are blessed with endless patience and are not hungry. First, everyone waits in one queue for a table. Then, you sit at the table, look at the menu, and decide what everyone wants. Then, one or more of you stand in another queue to order the food (and if you all go, hope they don't reallocate your table by mistake although this has happened more than once). The second queue is always *very* long and the people behind the counter, esp. one whose name begins with E... can be very snippy, probably from the long line of people complaining about the wait. Why do this to your customers and staff? Finally, get ready for them to be out of a decent amount of the stuff on the menu even if you're there in the first hour of lunch. But guess what, since others in your party are typically waiting at the table, you won't know what to do and if you go back to ask them you lose your place in the queue and have to queue up again. Yes, folks, that's the system! One more thing. If you order one of the deserts you'd better *really* like sweet stuff, especially in the GF things where the pastry chef seems to think sugar substitutes for gluten. It doesn't. Last three times I have been there with friends, several of them have left the cakes after a bite or two, because there's so much sugar in them. Observed one person trying to change a cake at the til because it was too sweet, and being met with a shrug of indifference. Have the management actually tasted the cakes lately? Do they care about customers at all? Because of the Hall and the visitor flow, they will probably always be busy. But I don't fancy their chances if foodies stop by.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 20 June 2023

Nice looking restaurant BUT oh the endless queuing! Firstly we had to queue up to get in and seated then the waitress said one of us would need to queue up to order at the counter. Why on earth would you go out for lunch...with your partner or friends and one of you spend 20 minutes away from them queuing - not very sociable. There were 14 people in the queue to order food. Won't come again.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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18 July 2023|
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Response from Enjoythecountryside | Reviewed this property |
Only really been in the cafe for food and coffee although have been round the house and gardens. I would imagine it more pricey than usual especially at a wedding reception.
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Hi. Thanks very much for your enquiry. Yes, dogs are most welcome on the Terrace of the new Levens Kitchen. Assistance dogs only are allowed in the House and Gardens. There's also a lovely walk through Levens Park, which... More
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