Telephone enquiries please call 01539 729254
Ingredients that change with the seasons inspire our menu choices


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

Leon’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.


  • We've some delightfully refreshing gins to choose from, this raspberry gin matches the sunny weather perfectly 🍸🍴🍹
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  • We are looking for a fabulous person to join our front of house team.
The position is part time and permanent. Must have some waiting on experience. 
Call us or pop in directly if interested:
01539 729254 .
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  • We're open for lunch and dinner on Easter Sunday, 21st April. We'll be running an a la carte menu aswell as a children's menu. 
Call us to reserve a table - 01539 729254
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  • We've had a delightful afternoon tea @thegaddum celebrating my Birthday with our son Jacob and Mary. Can we take a good photo of us all? No, so here's one of Leon and Jacob attempting to act normal 🍰πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰
Huge thank you to our staff for the cards and gifts and giving me the night off, you guys really are the best πŸŽ‚
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Additional 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


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