Whether you’ve a question about the hostel or you want to know about events in the Lake District, we’d love to hear from you.

Enjoy home cooked meals

We offer a complete catering service, though you are of course free to self-cater if you would rather. There’s no need to decide when you book, simply let us know the evening before, if you would like breakfast or lunch the next day, and in the morning if you would like dinner. IMG_3857

Our meals are all home-cooked, using the best locally sourced ingredients, and we can accommodate all dietary requirements.

Our Full English breakfasts are popular with guests, and keep you fuelled up nicely for a day in the hills.

If you’re out for a big day’s activities, you might want to take one of our packed lunches, including sandwiches, fruit, and a couple of snacks for when you need an energy boost to get you up that hill!

Dinner Time at Elterwater

For dinner, we offer a two-course, home cooked supper with a main course and desert. For mains, we might offer Cumberland Sausage and Mash with Vegetables and Gravy, or a home made Lasagne, Steak Pie, with vegetarian options such as Mushroom Stroganoff, or Veggie Chilli Con Carne.

For pudding, let us tempt you with Nick’s Famous Home Made Sticky Toffee Pudding, or perhaps an Apple Crumble with Ice Cream.

Nick's Famous Stick Toffee Pudding at Elterwater Hostel

For group bookings, and special occasions, call us in advance and we’d be more than happy to discuss options. Nick does a mean Christmas Dinner, and we’ve put on special meals for Burns Night, birthdays and group requests.

Just some of what our guests are saying about the food at Elterwater Hostel:


  • “Delicious, generous portions of locally sourced food”   16th July 2019


  • “Breakfast and dinner were lovely and cater for vegetarians without compromising the taste”    9th July 2019


  • The food was brilliant with tasty good sized portions and breakfast filled me up till later in the day.   18th May 2019





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Winter Weekend Opening

We are Open to Individuals!

For the first time we are opening up weekends for individuals this winter on a limited basis, fully compliant with  "We're Good to Go"  covid secure restrictions. See more details here. All bookings are conditional on adhering to government guidance about meeting people safely at the time of your stay.

As we're operating on a reduced capacity with not all rooms available online, if we do not have the room / combination of rooms you require, please get in touch.

Special deals are available for a two night stay, and full catering is available for Friday and Saturday evenings, whilst Sunday is bed and breakfast only.