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Hartside Top Cafe

| Alston Road, Alston CA9 3BW, England
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“cakes” (23 reviews)
“poached eggs” (5 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
| Alston Road, Alston CA9 3BW, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Cannot believe some of the comments about what is essentially a motor bikers cafe, what did they expect the Ritz. Bikers have come here for years and keep returning so they must be doing something right. We drove up today from Hexham had a lovely...More

Thank carolmargaret
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for drinks and snacks and to admire the view. A huge car park accommodates drivers and cyclists. Clean facilities and very friendly staff. The coffee was hot and good, there was a good range of sandwiches, cakes and snacks. A great place...More

Thank Girl-Friday56
Reviewed 1 week ago

If your idea of dining is greasy spoons, sullen service and potholes big enough to sink the Titanic then, unquestionably, this is the place for you. If, on the other hand, you prefer a bit of refinement when eating - even if it's eating with...More

Thank Itinerant2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an excellent lunch here a few weeks ago. Soup and bread rolls were all we could manage for the mains because I had spotted all the home made cakes. The three of us wanted coffee and walnut cake. When I went back for...More

Thank Lydia B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here on a very very wet and windy day whilst on the C2C so glad the cafe was open and they had the wood burner lit hurray! No motorbikers there obviously far to wet just us crazy cyclists! We had a great meal and...More

Thank Dragonwarrior531
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This should be one of the best cafe/restaurants in the wilds of Cumbria. A superb location with stupendous views towards the Lake District. Sadly it is just a scruffy transport cafe from the fifties era. The coffee is cheap instant rubbish and the food is...More

1  Thank Lightsocket
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Called in for a cuppa after a drive home from Bowness , to South Shields lovely staff very pleasant . Nice cup of tea and the best corned beef and potatoe pie. I've visited here since I was little with my Mam and dad still...More

Thank Kirsty727
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been here a couple of times love the place and great pie great coffe great place the ride up and back down on motorbikes is truly awesome

Thank Chrisfev
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A real gem. Walking the ridge from Cross Fell to Cold Fell this place is great as a pit stop. Decent food for hungry walkers (as well as anybody else). Much recommended. Give it your custom and help keep it open. Accepts cards and contactless...More

Thank John T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very welcome break on C2C route. Tasty homemade hot food and cakes. Really friendly and welcoming staff. Don't muss it!

Thank Deborah H
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Groups
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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