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Tea Rooms & Cafes

One of the more enjoyable Lakeland pastimes is to sit in one of the many cafes and tea rooms and pass some time with a drink and a locally baked delicacy. The Lake District boasts many such establishments in some of the most beautiful locations imaginable. We have included a selection here but if you feel we have missed one why not let us know?

Merienda, Cockermouth. A modern cafe bar which makes a conscious effort to use local suppliers. This results in about 70% of foods used being sourced from local suppliers including English Lakes Ice Cream, Brysons of Keswick (bakery products) and Blencathra Bakery amongst others.

Chesters, Skelwith Bridge. Chesters is located at one end of Touchstone Interiors overlooking the river which flows alongside. The cafe accommodates people both inside and on the balcony overlooking the river. A fine range of dishes are available but, if you do nothing else, allow room for one of their fantastic cakes or pastries - they are second to none (I am an expert by the way!).

Angels Reach, Hawkshead. Perfectly situated in the corner of Hawkshead village square Angles Reach offers great pastries, speciality teas (including the real stuff using tea leaves) and coffees, and some wonderful sandwiches and meals. The staff are very friendly and a warm atmosphere pervades.

Watermill Restaurant, Caldbeck. Not just a tea room but a fully-fledged restaurant, we felt that it does deserve to be mentioned as a great place to enjoy a a tea or coffee accompanied by one of their fine pastries. If you are looking for something more substantial, the vegetarian restaurant serves an excellent choice of dishes.

The Chocolate House, Kendal. Do you love chocolate? A selection of over a dozen gateauxs, 18 speciality drinks made from chocolate as well as a sweet and savory menu all day, all served by ladies in 17th century costumes.

The Village Bakery, Melmerby. The aims of the bakery are to produce delicious food that contributes to positive health. The result is an organic bakery which caters for those on special diets with gluten-free breads, cakes, and other additive free products conforming to organic food production regulations.

Low Sizergh Barn, Sizergh. Working farm with its own shop and tea rooms. All of the cakes, quiches, scones and other bakery products are baked on the farm. Even the tea and coffee are specially selected by their suitability. Chocolate cake, Victoria sponge, carrot cake, coffee and walnut cake, Borrowdale tea bread, Westmorland lemon cake - the list goes on!

John Watt & Son, Carlisle. A Victorian Coffee shop which still famously roasts its own coffee beans on the premises providing a wonderful aroma for the centre of Carlisle. Traditional afternoon tea fayre is served including scones, cakes and crumpets.

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