Eating is one of life’s great pleasures. What better way to do it than by working up an appetite enjoying the specular landscape and charming villages of the Lake District?
The region has a fast growing reputation as a foodie destination, boasting 5 Michelin Stars, a Michelin Bib Gourmand and 39 restaurants with two AA rosettes.
There are micro-breweries hidden throughout the valleys producing a wide range of ales, stouts, IPA’s to suit all tastes and you’re never far from a cosy pub to relax and enjoy a pint.
It’s the soft, pure Lakeland water running from the fells that make it such a great place to brew beer and to distill spirits.
For Afternoon Teas, tasty light bites or welcoming independent coffee shops you are spoilt for choice in the Lakes.
We’ve picked out three of our favourite places that you can discover along a scenic route around the region.
Starting out from one our cottages enjoy a morning stroll around the pretty village of Windermere, or if you’re feeling active why not walk up Orrest Head for great views.
At only a 1 hour up and back it’s a great walk to do before heading to Homeground Coffee + Kitchen for a coffee and delicious sticky cinnamon bun (a favourite combo for the team at Heart of the Lakes).
It’s a popular place at the weekend for Brunches too, note they don’t take reservations, with an exciting menu featuring classics like the Good Old Bacon Sarnie to Waffles, Heuvos Rancheros and Blackened Jerk Chicken.
You can choose to drive or board the 555 Bus to wend your way through the Lake District via Ambleside, Rydal, Grasmere to the bustling market village of Keswick. If you opt to go by bus you can buy an Explorer ticket so you can hop on and off as many times as you like all day, it also means you can all enjoy sampling the delights of the Keswick Brewing Company which is our next foodie recommendation.
A small craft brewery, set up in 2006 it’s believed to be situated on the site of the oldest brewery known to have been in Keswick. They run tours and you can enjoy sampling a beer in their cosy Flying Fox Bar.
You might want to call it a day and head back to base for an evening meal at your cottage or you might want to try one of the many restaurants in the area such as The Lamplighter or Cedar Manor in Windermere, or a short drive/taxis away Gilpin Spice at the Gilpin Hotel, Linthwhite House, Holbeck Ghyll or Rothay Manor.
For another day of foodie delights we recommend a trip to Askham Hall and their sister establishment The George and Dragon inn. Both benefit from an ethos of creating menus using the produce grown or reared on the doorstep and in their own gardens and surrounding fields at Askham Hall.
Askham Hall is steeped in history. Originally a Pele Tower dating back to the late 1200s, this Grade I listed building was extended in the 16th century. It has been in the Lowther family since the early 1800s and is currently owned by Charles Lowther.
Allium is the restaurant at Askham Hall, where the menus are lovingly prepared by Head Chef Richard Swale, who has worked with renowned names such as John Burton Race, Anthony Demetre and Marc Veyrat. Richard works closely with head gardener Colin Myers, who ensures an abundance of fresh produce throughout the year from the extensive kitchen garden, vegetable gardens and orchards.
Charles Lowther himself has a passion for livestock and keeps a herd of pedigree beef shorthorn cattle, rare breed pigs, meat goats, sheep, ducks and chickens.
To get the most impressive views on the drive from Windermere take the route via Kirkstone Pass and the aptly named section ‘The Struggle’ this will then take you along the shores of Ullswater where you can park up and take a cruise on the heritage ‘Steamers’ if it takes your fancy before heading across to Askham, a less steep route back can be taken along the M6 and A6!
If this has got your tastebuds going why not take a look at our cottages and book yourself a foodie getaway today.