Two other Cumbrian restaurants make it into the Good Food Guide Grasmere's Forest Side has been ranked 27th, with a cooking score of seven.
Last year it was a new entry on the influential list at 37.
Lake Road Kitchen in Ambleside has jumped four places this year and was ranked at 45.
A Good Food Guide spokesman said: "The list recognises the very best talent in the country and a place on it represents a huge achievement.
"Each position is decided by a combination of cooking score, editor appraisal and the strength of reader feedback.
"A cooking score of 10 means ‘Just perfect dishes, showing faultless technique at every service; extremely rare, and the highest accolade the guide can give’."