5 Best Restaurants in the Southern Lakes

One of the best places to visit in the Lakes is Cartmel.  Not only have you a Medieval village, Priory, fabulous shops, cafes and a race course but you also have 2 top restaurants!

L’Enclume has just been voted THE best restaurant in the UK. It is owned by Simon Rogan.    It’s a10 minute drive from Woodside in the village of Cartmel.

Also in the village of Cartmel is Simon Rogan’s Bistro. Slightly simpler fayre than L’Enclume but still  excellent.

Next up is The Swan (our local) I particularly like the ribs…fantastic. A beautiful setting on the banks of the River Leven and a few minutes drive from Woodside or a leisurely walk through the woods.

Heft at High Newton is an excellent pub/restaurant. The burgers are great.

And finally a pub that never fails to deliver. A family run pub that was runner up in 2015 in “The friendliest pub in GB”competition. The Pheasant is in the village of Allithwaite ( 20 mins away) is run by Charlotte and her team.

For accommodation in the Lake District check out www.lakesgetaways.co.uk


A BBQ that’s worth waiting for

Cartmel Village

If you’re planning a BBQ when you’re in the Lakes, where do you go for your food? I will share the best places to go for the best BBQ!

As for the burgers, sausage, pies and steak you need to visit Higginsons in Grange over Sands

When it comes to baps and buns its got to be The Hazelmere in Grange over Sands

For BBQ sauce and relish you must visit Hawkshead’s own Hawkshead Relish and try their Bloody Mary Ketchup! or Black garlic!

You need some beer? Well I’ve got that covered. Go to Unsworth’s Yard in Cartmel for their own brew from Cartmel Brewery
Need a bottle of wine? Then also in Unsworth’s Yard in Cartmel is the Drinks shop, where you can buy excellent quality wines.

Like a bit of cheese? That’s OK as next door is “Cartmel Cheeses” where you can try before you buy. An extensive array of cheeses are for sale.

And finally. Have you got a sweet tooth? Then it’s got to be the Village Store in the centre of Cartmel. Fondly known in my family as “The Sticky Toffee Pudding Shop” And yes, it’s got to be sticky toffee pudding all round.
These few shops will provide you with the ultimate BBQ!!
The video is Unsworth’s Yard in Cartmel.

Take time out from shopping and indulge your sweet tooth

2 Sisters Café, Kendal

I have to share with you a fabulous eatery in Kendal, so that the next time you visit Fell view or Woodside you can go.

I discovered the 2 Sisters Cafe in Kendal and have since found they have two cafes, so I will have to go and try that one out. I am confident it will be as good as the one in Kendal.  One of the 2 sisters cafe is  in Kendal town centre right on the High Street, next to Westmorland Shopping Centre, and other one is by  Plumgarths Farm Shop, just at the bottom of the A591 bypass outside Kendal, as you head towards Windermere.

If you enjoy local produce in a warm and relaxing environment, in a lovely, modern space with tables and sofas to sit on and want somewhere to escape from the shopping , then this is perfect.  It’s owned and managed  by 2 Sisters! Monika and Magda , who love cooking and produce scrumptious cakes! ( I can attest to that!)

They are also right next to Plumgarth’s Farm Shop where you can pick up some of Plumgarth’s fabulous local produce – with a proper butchery counter, serving  meat; sausages, cheeses, pickles and jams, or bakery selections.  2 sisters cafe

They serve an All day Breakfast  (9am-midday)

Plumgarth’s bacon, sausages, tomato, mushroom, baked beans and fried egg served with toast or breakfast artisan roll, packed with Plumgarth’s bacon, sausages and/or egg.

Simply Lunches, Soups and Snacks Served from 12am-4.30pm

A wide selection of artisan rolls with simply scrumptious fillings, hot paninis, quiche with tasty salad, special savoury pancakes, smooth chicken liver, contreau & orange paté, 2 sisters 2 beans chicken chilli

Simply Delightful Afternoon Tea (2.30pm-5pm) 

tea: £12.50 per person and includes:
– Tea or your choice of coffee
– Selection of Sandwiches
– Fruit scone with clotted cream and jam
– Your choice of cake

You can just turn up but it does get busy in school holidays and peak times. You can book if you don’t want to take the risk. You can book a table by phoning 01539 720 589


If you are looking for quality accommodation in the Lake District please check out our cottages www.lakesgetaways.co.uk you won’t be disappointed.


The Friendliest Bar in Newby Bridge

Swan Hotel gin

The Swan hotel at Newby Bridge is about 1 mile from Woodside, and is an excellent place to stop for a meal, a drink or an afternoon tea. They serve fabulous home cooked food in the main restaurant, called The River Room, and in the more relaxed bar area, called the Swan Inn. (I like the bar area!) They have a good selection of wines and a speciality gin list!

The River Room is open every day from 5pm with Lunch on a Sundays and The Swan Inn opens at 10am.

Just to give you an idea of there menu:

Lemon and garlic chicken kebab, flatbread, cucumber, chilli, cumin, black onion seeds
Swan whopper burger, beef burger, bacon, pepperoni, mature cheddar, fries, sweetcorn relish
Spicy fishcakes, cucumber salad, sweet chilli
Lamb koftas, flatbread, hummus, couscous, harissa, tzatziki
10oz Sirloin, chips, tomatoes, mushrooms, onion rings, peppercorn sauce

Thai yellow curry, steamed jasmine rice (chicken)
Rotisserie chicken, harissa potatoes, baby corn, chicory
Wholetail scampi, fries, garden peas, tartare sauce
Toasted goats cheese salad, gs walnuts, honey, sourdough toast
Salmon, crushed potatoes, peas, mint, watercress mayo
Garlic and herb rotisserie chicken, apple, bacon, avocado salad and French fries
Falafel, hummus, roasted peppers, flatbread, pickled gherkin, chilli
Vegetable tagine, almond and apricot, cous cous, harissa
tzatziki (V) no tzatziki (Ve)

Fish, chips, mushy peas, tartare sauce

They have a lovely seating area outside by the river

fish and chips

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Good Honest Food in the Southern Lakes

fish and chips

When we stay at Fell View one of our favourite places to visit for a meal is “The Pheasant” in Allithwaite. The Pheasant is a family run free-house owned by the Jones’s since November 2005 and dogs are welcome in the bar. In fact when we were there last we had 2 of my good friend’s dogs with us. http://www.thepheasantinnallithwaite.co.uk/
Just a few minutes walk down the road from Fell View and you’re there! So convenient. In all the years we have been going we have never been disappointed. The food is always home cooked and freshly prepared. ” Good honest food at good honest prices” with some of the finest regional dishes.

They provide a flexible service and offer a full menu and friendly service all day, everyday, come rain or shine .I can definately agree with the friendly service as in 2015 they were runner’s up in the “Friendliest Pub in Britain Award”
They always make you feel welcome and run a very good Quiz Night every Thursday hosted by quizmaster Keith. The quiz starts at 9-30pm and covers six rounds suitable for all ages including;

read all about it
top five
trivia trail
and wipe out

Depending on the number of players, cash prizes are allocated to the first, second and often third team. It concludes with open the box where there is the opportunity to win at least £100 if the right key is selected and then a free sup

Pub open: 12pm-11pm Sun-Wed, 12pm-11:30pm Thurs-Sat. Food Served: 12pm-9pm all day, every day.

  • The Pheasant Inn Allithwaite, Good Food, Great Beer
  • The Pheasant Inn Allithwaite, Good Food, Great Beer
  • The Pheasant Inn Allithwaite, Good Food, Great Beer
  • The Pheasant Inn Allithwaite, Good Food, Great Beer
  • The Pheasant Inn Allithwaite, Good Food, Great Beer

The best wild swimming site in the Southern Lakes

wild swimming

Paddling and Picnic Spots in the Lake District

Where is one of the  top wild swimming, river paddling and picnic spots in the Lake District?

  • Fell Foot Park, Bowness  and for an unusual way to travel to Fell Foot Park why not take the ferry from Lakeside to Fell Foot Park.

Wild swimming, paddling, river rope-swinging, picnics and the Lake District are all hot-day companions. Join Swallows and Amazons buccaneers, John, Susan, Titty, Bridget and Roger, in enjoying the best wild waterscape in the UK.

Fell Foot Park, Bowness

Sat on the shore of Lake Windermere, opposite Lakeside and Woodside cottage and only 15 minutes from Fell View Cottage.  You’ll find a National Trust café with baby changing, outdoor picnic benches and lots of grassy picnic blanket areas, rowing boats for hire, children’s adventure playground. But most importantly it has a beach-like access for splashing about in Lake Windermere

Woodside and Fell View . For Quality accommodation in the English lake District


Wine Tasting in Cumbria

Fabulous views, quaint shops and fantastic cakes! Where am I?

Well I’m talking about Grange over Sands .It’s a  quiet seaside retreat on the Southern tip of the Cartmel peninsula, between the mountains and the sea, and only 7 miles from Windermere. Grange has some of the finest parks and gardens on the Cumbrian coast – the ornamental gardens has a lake with many water birds and a beautiful prom to walk along.


Grange is a pretty resort with an Edwardian flavour and a mild climate. It is on the shores of Morecambe Bay, and from the 13th Century until the 1850’s, the major route from Lancaster was across the sands. In 1887, the coming of the Furness Railway encouraged the growth of Grange from a small hamlet to the town we see today.

grange edwardian terrace

The estuary and the countryside around Grange are fascinating places for nature enthusiasts. A tremendous range of birds can be seen, and there are several nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest.

Grange is famous for the cross bay walks, lead by Cedric Robinson, The Queen’s Guide, an event not to be missed.

Cross bay walk

Grange has a brilliant award winning tea room- The Hazelmere


And finally the most fabulous walk up Hampsfell to look down on to the Morecambe Estuary. On top is a strange shelter called The Hospice. Well worth the hike up.

Top of Hospice on Hampsfell

Many of the shops are specialist shops: specialist butchers, chocolate producer, boutique clothes etc. Well worth a visit!

The best Cafe near Newby Bridge

Low Sizergh Farm Shop & Tea Shop

Open every day 9.30 – 5.00pm (Sundays from 10.00am). Closed 25th, 26th Dec, 1st Jan

Four miles from M6 Junction 36 on the A590 Outside Kendal

Low Sizergh Farm Sizergh, Kendal LA8 8AE Tel (015395) 60426



The tea room, is on the top floor of a  late 17th century barn. Here  you can enjoy a hearty
Cumbrian breakfast, sip specially blended tea from a Kendal merchant made to suit the
local water, enjoy a lunch of local produce, or a fabulous farmhouse tea.
One interesting thing is that whilst you sip or eat you have  a bird’s eye view of the parlour so that you  can watch the cows being milked each afternoon from 3.15pm – it’s a sight you don’t often see with afternoon tea!

cows being milked
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Cows have been  at Sizergh since the 13th century when milk was produced for the castle across the fields. As a working farm, the yield today supplies the farm shop, tearoom and businesses across the county.

It’s everything you could want for a quick trip or a slow day out and good for families too
with everything from shopping, eating and a farm trail. There  are three galleries to explore
packed with everything from everyday staples and foodie finds, clothing to crockery, books
to baskets, toys to trowels and works by local potters, artists and designers.
Finding Low Sizergh Barn :  4 miles from Junction 36 on the M6. Follow the A590 towards Kendal, take the exit for Barrow-in-Furness and follow brown signs for Sizergh Castle, then Low Sizergh Barn.  Sat Nav: LA8 8DZ

A little taste of brilliant bakes, wonderful wines and fabulous food!

Low Sizergh Barn is a great place to visit on a Winter’s afternoon. in fact any time of year. The range of food they stock is fabulous: fresh breads, wines, cheeses, savories, cakes as well as raw milk! Then a quick visit to the tearoom where again the food is excellent and if you time it right, you can watch the cows ( through a glass window) being milked. Kids love this. And if that’s not enough you can browse the gift department and ladies do visit the clothing gallery and for those who want a walk, you can take the farm trail.

Low Sizergh Farm, Sizergh, Kendal LA8 8AE