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Lake District Tea Rooms and Coffee Shops

Greystone House Farm Shop & Tea Room Greystone House, Stainton, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 866952 Award-winning shop and tearoom on working organic tarm. Excellent home-cooked food and wide range of local produce.

Low Sizergh Barn Low Sizergh Farm, Sizergh, Kendal, Cumbria Tel: 015395 60426 Farm trail through beautiful countryside around an organic dairy farm, speciality foods in an 18thC barn, tea room, craft and gift galleries.

Rheged Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 868000 International award-winning Rheged, Europe's largest grass covered building, home to a giant cinema screen showing epic movies daily. Regular events.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall, Kendal, Cumbria Tel: 01539 722464 Web: http://www.abbothall.org.uk This elegant Georgian building provides a superb setting for its collection of 18th, 19th and 20thC fine art. Changing exhibitions in upper galleries.

Blackwell,The Arts & Craft House Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria Tel: 015394 46139 Web: http://www.blackwell.org.uk Spectacular restored historic house.

Holker Hall and Gardens Cark in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria Tel: 015395 58328 Web: http://www.holker-hall.co.uk Holker Hall and gardens and Lakeland Motor Museum 3 attractions in one setting. There are also the Courtyard cafe, food hall and free parking.

Lake District Visitor Centre Brockhole Brockhole, Windermere, Cumbria Tel: 015394 40254 Web: http://www.lake-district.gov.uk Visitor centre with interactive exhibitions, Mawson gardens, adventure playground, shop and information centre. Lakeshore access for all.

The Apple Pie (Eating House & Bakery) Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria Tel: 015394 33679 Web: http://www.applepieambleside.co.uk Family-owned bakery/cafe.

The Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Centre Friends Meeting House, Stramongate, Kendal, Cumbria Tel: 01539 722975 Web: http://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk A 19thC Georgian meeting house, Grade II star Listed building. Home of the Quaker Tapestry. Spacious meeting rooms ideal conference facilities.

The Rum Story 27 Lowther Street, Whitehaven, Cumbria Tel: 01946 592933 Web: http://www.rumstory.co.uk The world's first exhibition depicting the story of the UK rum trade. Be plunged into a tropical rain forest, go on board a slave ship and much more.

The Watermill at Little Salkeld Little Salkeld, Nr Penrith, Cumbria Tel: 01768 881523 Web: http://www.organicmill.co.uk An 18thC watermill, traditionally milling organic flours. Mill tours available. Tearoom and shop on side. Baking and craft courses.

Wilfs Cafe Back Lane, Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria Tel: 01539 822329 Web: http://www.wilfs-cafe.co.uk Varied home-made food served.

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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