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Ingredients that change with the seasons inspire our menu choices


The Moon Highgate offers expertly prepared, high quality food in a comfortable, relaxed setting.

Leonโ€™s menu is carefully created to make the most of the finest of ingredients sourced from across Cumbria and the UK. Changing with the seasons, the dishes are designed to excite the palate, fusing tried and tested classical techniques with modern ingredients and the latest cooking innovations.

Along with his wife Helen, Leon is now the proud owner and head chef of The Moon Highgate. They look forward to welcoming you as you experience the amazing results of all they have learnt along the way!



Head chef and owner, Leon Whitehead, first became interested in food and cooking as a small child, when he loved to watch his parents work in their restaurant.

A family move to Africa introduced him to an even wider range of tastes and textures. His fascination with the amazing things that could be achieved by mixing the right ingredients became ever stronger. Leon continued to travel widely in Africa, as well as in Spain and France. His journeys allowed him to sample classic dishes, visit the local markets and learn how different chefs all used local produce and traditional techniques to the best effect.

Moving back to the UK, the family eventually settled in South Lakeland. Here, Leon continued to build on his food knowledge, continually pushing himself to improve his understanding of food and further his skills in cooking.

Leon has studied and worked in a wide range of restaurants and hotels, most recently as Executive Chef for the prestigious Lake District Hotels group, based at Merewood Country House Hotel.


  • Great to read what chefs have been upto during the lockdown including Leon in the June addition of Cumbria Life magazine. Always good to see friends featured too 
@bebobhc and her amazing children's newspaper , @ryan_stamphouse brilliant food column, @carneandco 's beautiful artwork for Grange Lido and @jbconsultinguk .insightful piece about life during lockdown amongst others ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ
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  • Homemade Vegetable Samosas, using up the leftover vegetable curry to make these delicious parcels ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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  • Harvesting some rhubarb today and freezing some down so it doesn't go to waste. Hoping to make some rhubarb parfait for you all when lockdown is over. Great walk round the village too during our daily exercise. Stay positive everyone and stay safe ๐Ÿ’™ P.S. Leon's new hairstyle courteously done by me, feeling proud of myself! ๐Ÿ’™
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  • Helen's on a roll, pancakes ready for breakfast this morning. Smashed it on her first attempt using our daughter's recipe ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿด
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Additionalย opening hours

Mother’s Day – 12pm – 4pm

Easter Sunday – 12pm – 4pm

Tuesday to Friday

Lunch / 11.30 am -2.00pm

Dinner / 5.30pm – 9.00pm


Lunch / 11.30 am -2.00pm

Dinner / 6.00pm – 9.30pm

Sundays and Mondays



The Moon Highgate

129 Highgate


Cumbria LA9 4EN

01539 729254


The Moon Highgate