THREE Cumbrian eateries have been named in the Good Food Guide’s list of Britain’s Best 100 Local Restaurants.

Kysty, Ambleside, The Yan at Grasmere and Four & Twenty in Penrith are among 14 across the entire northwest region to be included in the list.

Eateries were divided into eight regional categories with the public nominating each of the 100 restaurants to feature in the list.

Inspectors then tallied up over 37,000 votes who then paid a visit to the nominated restaurants to create a shortlist.

Kysty owner Ryan Blackburn said: "It’s always great to receive recognition for what you do day to day, especially when it’s diner led. It makes it even more meaningful, and as such is an accurate reflection of the experience that restaurant manager Laurentiu Bulprich and head chef Dan Hopkins and their teams aim to deliver for their guests.

"There’s no doubt at all that this recognition is testament to the hard work and dedication of every member of Kysty’s team in making sure every guest has the best possible experience."

Created 13 years ago, the list is designed to celebrate the places that are central to the communities they serve across the UK. 

It also recognises kitchens that cook fresh to order, offer creative,emorable dishes based on high-quality seasonal and local produce.

Kysty head chef Dan Hopkins said: "We’re all a little bit taken aback at being included in the list of Britain’s Best 100 Local Restaurants, it’s totally unexpected but a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of each and every member of the team at Kysty.

"Everyone makes a significant contribution in delivering excellent food and service in what is an informal and relaxed environment -  all things that have created a recipe for success which sees our guests coming back time and time again.’’

The guide added: "Kysty began life as a casual alternative to the Old Stamp House. Under the stewardship of Stamp House alumnus Dan Hopkins, however, Kysty has become an ambitious attraction in its own right.

"Hopkin's fiercely local, rigorously seasonal cooking is so assured that it is impossible to imagine anyone rejecting what comes out of the open kitchen."

Of The Yan, the guide said: "From fell to table in just a few steps. Perfect – especially when this informal, family-run 'bistro with beds' offers the warmest of welcomes and reliably hearty, wholesome food. The place draws hikers fresh from the surrounding peaks and Grasmere tourists from down the road.

"They come here for Morecambe Bay shrimp sliders (with pickled red onion and a lush garlic/saffron/lemon mayo), sensational Herdwick lamb shepherd’s pie, and beef shin stew – cooked low and slow, and topped with beef-suet dumplings.

"To finish, try sticky toffee pudding or belly-warming mulled-wine rice pudding with blood orange glaze. Homemade cordials will please non-drinkers."