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Upfront Restaurant and Coffee Shop

Unthank | Nr Hutton in the Forest, Penrith CA11 9TG, England
+44 17684 84538
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“homity pie” (8 reviews)
“cakes” (15 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
Unthank | Nr Hutton in the Forest, Penrith CA11 9TG, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told about the Upfront coffee shop and gallery by our neighbours who are regular visitors to the lakes.Another brilliant recommendation! Great food! We had the Homity pie which was delicious!Friendly staff and great atmosphere. We loved the gallery too

Thank restrick75
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We have been coming here for coffee/lunch/tea for several years. Always great service, busy atmosphere and good food.

Thank Bob190736
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Lovely, tasty, special family afternoon tea ( with 1 dairy free option!). We reserved a table in the conservatory, so we ate at leisure, chatted , laughed and relaxed.

Thank Mopi2
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We had afternoon tea here as my sister lives locally and we have stopped for drinks and snacks previously and to celebrate our birthdays.The sandwiches were delicious about 4 different types followed by plain scones with jam and cream, then the cake selection (by which...More

Thank teresaingham
Reviewed 28 September 2017

This is the worst Ploughmans lunch we have ever had. The cheese was very nice but a minute quantity. The 3 slices of apple were wafer thin. It came with what seemed to be Branston Pickle and silverskin onions. I think this dish needs a...More

Thank X1355EUtomd
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Visited with a friend for lunch. Food was lovely. Have visited many times and always enjoy the food. Drinks also good, but go cold very quickly as cafe is large open space and not very warm. My little boy also loves going as there is...More

Thank 480reviewer
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Went here for the first time last Sunday. Didn't quite know what to expect, but had a pleasant surprise. Bright and airy, quite full on Sunday lunchtime, but had a pleasant meal. Seems to specialise in veggie food, which isn't really my thing, but had...More

Thank Tezerez
Reviewed 22 August 2017

The cakes in Upfront Restaurant and Coffee Shop are delicous. The owners and the staff are really friendly and welcoming.

Thank connie304
elaineR1130TX, Owner at Upfront Restaurant and Coffee Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Delighted that you enjoyed our home made cakes. We are trying a new rhubarb and raspberry crumble today - a good excuse for a staff tasting session!

Reviewed 19 August 2017

With food like the dishes on offer at the Upfront Gallery restaurant, I could happily never eat meat again! I have to say we were lucky finding a table. It was lunchtime, the nearby pot fest was in full swing and the puppet theatre was...More

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elaineR1130TX, Owner at Upfront Restaurant and Coffee Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Thank you so much for your full and positive review. All of the team here at Upfront have seen it and it was very much appreciated. The yearly Potfest event at nearby Hutton in the Forest gives us one of our busiest weekends of the...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017

Mentioned to Us by word of mouth, it took some finding as we were on the wrong road, but helpful locals pointed us in right direction!!! What a delightful place the menu was varied and the cakes looked srumptious. we had a late lunch there...More

1  Thank nicolar552
elaineR1130TX, Owner at Upfront Restaurant and Coffee Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

I am pleased that you enjoyed your first visit and lunch. Hope to see you for tea and cakes in the future. The direct routes to us are fine and we are easy to find, but there are several small roads that cut across to...More

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Harmeash K
26 January 2017|
Response from elaineR1130TX | Property representative |
Hello, Yes all our fruit crumbles have no eggs. A couple of our tray bakes also have no eggs. I hope that this helps. Ask the staff when you are here as we cook everything on site and are aware of the ingredients of every... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$13
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 16:30
10:30 - 16:30
10:30 - 16:30
10:30 - 16:30
10:30 - 16:30
10:30 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Unthank | Nr Hutton in the Forest, Penrith CA11 9TG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Eden District  >  Penrith
  • Phone Number: +44 17684 84538
  • E-mail
Upfront Gallery and vegetarian restaurant are located near Penrith, Cumbria in a rural setting in beautifully converted 17th century farm buildings.The gallery is the home of Upfront Puppet Theatre and the workshops of artist, John Parkinson, who is the co-founder and owner of the gallery, along with his wife, Elaine. The gallery presents a changing programme of exhibitions. It is the home of the "Upfront Cumbrian Artists Open" which takes place every January and February, exhibiting selected work from all over Cumbria. A self-catering holiday cottage, two uniquely designed lodges and two static caravans are also available on site, for holiday rentals.
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