PLACES TO EAT
It's safe to say that I love my food as the following recommendations will show! The Lake District has some amazing places to eat, with an incredible variety of food and dishes. Below are some that we have been lucky enough to visit, and particularly those near to Maple Bank. I hope you enjoy yourselves trying out the different places as much as we have :o)
Please note that we don't receive any commissions from the places we have eaten at.
Paula and Ollie have created such lovely surroundings for their contemporary art gallery and gift shop. And I love the fact that you can sit surrounded by these amazing items and enjoy the teashop. They offer a range of toasted sandwiches, scones cakes and toasted muffins, as well as tea, Fairtrade coffee and cold drinks. My Swiss cheese and mushroom toastie was just delicious after running in from the rain - and yes, I enjoyed another gorgeous fruit scone! Dog-friendly too. Either a short stroll from the House along the road to Thornthwaite, or about a walk through the woods for about 50 mins.
I keep coming back. I've had lunch and dinner many times at the Coledale and I just love coming back. Always a warm welcome from Gary and Carole. Dog-friendly in the pub and middle section. The pies are always wonderful and the bread-and-butter pudding is a dream. Fabulous gin selection too! And a yummy cappuccino and chocolate at the end of your meal. Very happy to recommend to my guests and friends and family.
After a two hour walk up hill from the House, through the Whinlatter Forest, I can tell you this café is very welcome! The cakes are delicious, as is the coffee. There is a conservatory, the main café area, an outside terrace under cover of the eaves, or the main terrace. They also have a take-away window. Can also highly recommend the toasted sandwiches.
Great nachos! A fabulous view from the beer garden, with mulled wine and a great plate of nachos after climbing Catbells. Then a lovely walk back to Braithwaite. Staff were really friendly. Very happy to recommend to my guests if they are walking that way back from Portinscale or Keswick.
Yummy lunch and cake. Stopped in here for the first time as two guests had recommended the cake and tea at Lingholm and they weren't wrong - very tasty avocado smash with poached eggs and salmon. Excellent portion sizes followed by yummy red velvet cake. Very happy to pass on the recommendation to my guests in the future. And can walk here from the House in under an hour, so a nice walk back to work off any extra calories.
Love The Filling Station in Keswick. A great place to stop over and grab a fab coffee and some food to fill up. You can sit outside if weather is kind enough and the stack of pancakes are a particular favourite of ours!
This photo does not do justice to this amazing chef. I have been several times now and I can't recommend it enough. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere so you don't need to put on your Sunday best unless you want to. It's dog-friendly, which means you can enjoy a super meal and not be worrying about the dog in the car. All the courses are all worth leaving room for. Saffron pear. Prawns. Salmon. All of it! And you can either drive about 15 mins from the House or get a cab to take you there as the wine and spirit selection is pretty fab too.
We were recommended to visit The Chalet by guests, friends, family and other local B&B owners and we weren't dissappointed. I had the most amazing burger and Mums prawn sandwich was quite substantial. However it was so tasty and the bread so soft and yummy that somehow she found room for it all! We then shared a gorgeous Lemon Drizzle Cake. Really lovely staff, good buzz and atmosphere. We could park outside which was a bonus as it was raining. They also have outside tables to enjoy the sunshine. Dogs welcome.Definitely recommend and will be going back soon.
Love this place. I've been here a couple of times now and I just love this place. No bookings taken so you get to have a drink or two at the bar - excellent cocktails mad to order here - and add your name to the list for a table. Tables turn over relatively quickly. I've had tapas but look forward to a pizza cooked in the pizza oven. If you like a fun atmosphere, almost apres skii, then this is the place for you. All welcome with all ages in there when I visited, and very dog-friendly. Live music on some nights. Already planning my next visit.
I was lucky enough to be treated to dinner here by some visiting friends and we were not disappointed. And since been back for an awesome lunch. Each dish was presented beautifully, the portions were just right to enjoy the three course menu, the wine recommendations for each dish was spot on. Definitely recommend for a fine dining treat and definitely coming back again. A very well deserved Michelin star.
We've been to the Lakeside Cafe Restaurant beside the Theatre by The Lake a couple of times now and really enjoyed the food. We had a light supper pre-theatre and I had a superb burger and Mum had garlic mushrooms on ciabatta. Have also been in with my young goddaughters for a light lunch before going on the Keswick Launch, as well as coffee and cake after coming off Derwentwater with other friends. Friendly and efficient and lovely food.
A lovely coffee shop in the heart of Keswick that is extremely dog-friendly. Had a fabulouse cajun chicken tortilla wrap with yummy coleslaw and my mum had a great prawn sandwich with side salad garnish. Really great folk behind the counter. Extremely welcoming atmosphere.
Casa Bella is a fantastic Italian restaurant in Keswick. The most amazing thin crust garlic bread and pizzas, and pasta sauces that are sooo tasty. They also do take-ways which is a big bonus if you just want to have a relaxed evening in the House. Just kick back in the dining room and enjoy your takeaway with a few beers. But don't forget to let room for their tiramisu!
The Bistro was a fabulous find. I've had the most amazing pea soup with fresh bread after standing in the rain watching friends feed the alpacas, and I've also had their delicious cream tea with the Head Gardener. Really lovely staff and the tea was truly delicious. A relaxed setting with a nice friendly buzz to the atmosphere. Love the decor as well. And then you can pop into the shop for some excellent presents: gin, vodka and whisky all available having been made on site, along with gawjus chocolates and bisucits and and and ...!
If you're looking for a lovely English cream tea with a fabulous view then look no further. An amazing choice of sandwiches, quiches and cakes, along with the traditional scones and cream and jam, and are very happy to cater for any dietary requirements. Mum and I had a lovely view out across the gardens. It's a calm and traditional environment and will need to leave your pooch in the car.