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Afternoon Tea in the Lake District

Afternoon Tea in the Lake District

There’s something about afternoon tea in the Lake District. It just feels right. A quintessentially English tradition that goes hand in hand with the pace of life. Think three-tier cake stand, dainty sandwiches and pastries to die for. And those views. Is there a more perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or to simply indulge yourselves while you’re on holiday?

This year, Afternoon Tea Week runs from 9 – 16 August, so what better reason to share some of our favourite local spots to take afternoon tea?

Below are our top five places for afternoon tea in the Lake District. Four of them are either a walk or a short drive from our Windermere cottages, while the final choice – the Inn on the Lake – is perfect for guests in our Ullswater cottages. Please do remember to book in advance.

The Tea Room at Blackwell

The tea room at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House offers a range of delicious light lunches, cakes and tempting treats using the very best local ingredients. And if the sun is shining, the elegant outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to relax and soak up the breathtaking views of Lake Windermere and the Lakeland fells beyond.

Macdonald Old England Hotel

With Lake Windermere as its backdrop, the Macdonald Old England Hotel in Bowness is a more than suitable venue to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. And whether it’s served in the lounge or on the terrace, the views are stunning.

Storrs Hall Hotel

The talented team of pastry chefs at Storrs Hall are passionate about creating an afternoon tea worthy of this great British tradition. And the results are fabulous. The afternoon tea itself is a thing of beauty. Delicious homemade cakes, pastries and freshly baked scones served alongside a selection of sandwiches and savouries. There’s even a Tiny Tots Tea for the younger family members.

If you want to make this an unforgettable experience, why not book our luxury motorboat, Tintin II, and arrive in style?

Lakeside Hotel

Our final choice is Lakeside Hotel, located right on the western shore of Lake Windermere, about half an hour in the car from Windermere (or a little longer aboard Tintin II). The delicious afternoon tea is served in the elegant conservatory, or outside on the terrace when the sun is shining. Both offer amazing views in a beautiful setting.

To be honest, we could have mentioned so many other fantastic places. Traditional afternoon tea is something we take very seriously in the Lake District, so wherever you go, you’ll find friendly service and a range of delicious treats.

Inn on the Lake, Ullswater

There’s a really relaxing atmosphere at the Inn on the Lake which makes it the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea. During the winter months, the roaring log fire ensures warmth and cosiness, while in the summer months the large outside terrace and gardens offer a bright alternative. Inside or outside, the views of the lake are nothing short of spectacular.

Traditional afternoon tea is something we take very seriously in the Lake District, so to limit our choices to these five has proved quite tricky. What we can say is that wherever you go, you’ll find friendly service and a range of delicious treats.

Places to eat on Lake Windermere

Places to eat on Lake Windermere

Visit one of the fantastic places to eat on Lake Windermere

Why not hire our luxury motorboat, Tintin II, for the day and arrive in style at one of the fantastic places to eat on Lake Windermere?

In this post we take a quick tour of Lake Windermere’s finest eateries. The Lake District is packed with excellent places to eat, but each of the restaurants below have something in common – each of them has a private jetty. Which means there’s somewhere to park!

Wateredge Inn Ambleside

Wateredge Inn in Ambleside is located right on the edge of Lake Windermere and boasts some of the best views of the lake. The team pride themselves on using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, which means the menu is regularly updated to reflect the season. From light snacks to hearty meals, there’s something for everyone at Wateredge Inn.

Ambleside YHA Lakeside Restaurant

The restaurants at YHA Ambleside serves a range of tasty meals including breakfast baps and hot breakfasts, a great way to start the day. They also offer an all-day café style menu with plenty of delicious options, including paninis and stone-baked pizzas.

Low Wood Bay Hotel

The award winning Low Wood Bay Hotel has several dining options. The modern Windermere Restaurant serves classic European dishes, while Blue Smoke on the Bay offers an all-new Lake District dining experience, where guests can enjoy a selection of international dishes prepared on a wood-fired grill. Or why not pop out for afternoon tea, served in the chic interior of the Langdale Lounge?

The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant at Windermere Marina Village

The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant in Bowness on Windermere offers guests the chance to unwind and enjoy fresh food and fine wine overlooking the boats on Windermere Marina. Whether you’re having a light lunch or a hearty meal, you can relax in the contemporary and informal setting of the Boathouse Bar and Restaurant.

Storrs Hall Hotel

The emphasis at Storrs Hall Hotel is on pure, tasty flavours, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Both the lake view restaurant and the Tower Bar offer a range of selections from classic grill to the full à la carte, while the classic English afternoon tea can be taken in the Georgian drawing room or outside on the terrace.

Beech Hill Hotel

Burlington’s Restaurant at the Beech Hill Hotel and Spa is named after the local slate. Under the expert stewardship of head chef Lukasz, the restaurant specialises in English and French cuisine offering a choice of two, three and five course dining options. Afternoon tea can also be taken from noon until 5.00pm.

Lakeside Hotel

There are two superb restaurants at Lakeside Hotel – the Lakeview Restaurant and John Ruskin’s Brasserie – as well as all-day conservatory and terrace dining. Wherever possible, head chef Richard Booth uses Cumbria’s freshest seasonal produce, allowing the flavours to speak for themselves. Afternoon tea is served daily in the conservatory from 1 – 4pm.

The Swan Hotel at Newby Bridge

The Swan Hotel at Newby Bridge offers guests several dining options. The inn itself is the beating heart of the hotel, where you can enjoy lunch, dinner or afternoon tea. For a more formal affair, the River Room Brasserie has a three-course menu lovingly crafted by the head chef. Or why not enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea on the terrace?

Getting there

Tintin II is available to hire self-skippered for those with the necessary experience, or with a skipper, and is the perfect way to get to one of the fantastic places to eat on Lake Windermere.

Simply get in touch and let us know where you want to go and we will do the rest. Prices start at £280.