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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.

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.


  • Yesterday's brunch. Great way to use the last of the banana bread by turning it into French toast with natural yogurt, nuts, seeds and caramelised banana 👌
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  • Tonight's dinner may be on our menu when we reopen -
Pan Fried Cod Fillet - seasonal vegetables and a light curry sauce
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  • Leon's made pizza. Isolation with a chef is going well 👌
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  • Today is an incredibly heartbreaking sad day for us and our wonderful team of staff. The governments announcement as of yesterday means we have to close. 
If you have a voucher please don't worry we will honour them if they expire during this closing period and any deposits paid will be carried over to new dates if needs be.
So many people past and present have worked hard to make our little restaurant a success and we cannot thank our customers, suppliers and our wonderful work family enough for making coming to work such a joy.

The hospitality industry on a whole work hard to make fabulous memories for their customers, whether it be simply sitting opposite loved ones enjoying good food, wine and conversation to celebrating big moments in their lives like weddings, birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, thank you for letting us be a part of it all, it's why we opened the restaurant.
We look forward to the day the lights go back on, the doors are open and the chefs are busy over the stove and pass again.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us, we very much hope to see you again in the future when the world rights itself.

Stay safe, look after yourselves, your loved ones and be kind.

See you on the other side.

Helen, Leon and Team Moon Highgate xxx
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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