Cumbria has a whole host of local food producers and a very traditional reputation for hospitality that centres on eating and enjoying food cooked with love and attention to detail. enjoy……
Start your day, the right way
Folks always seem to remember their breakfast at Crake Trees Manor.
To start with, the oak side table is spread with good things from the kitchen. Home-made or locally produced if possible.
My own Granola and Muesli, Fruit salads, Prunes steeped in green tea, and natural set Yoghurt and a choice of Cereals.
Then on to a shared Farmhouse Platter of home cured Bacon, Cumberland Sausage with bitter Apple, roasted Tomato, field Mushrooms and local farm Eggs.
Vegetarian and other choices can be riddled Halloumi with thyme roasted Tomatoes, Poached Eggs or buttered Mushrooms on toast.
Bread sliced to toast and often a fruit loaf or croissants with my own marmalade and hedgerow jellies.
Gluten free and other diets are usually not a problem, with a little advance notice.
A breakfast basket can be taken outside to the courtyard on sunny mornings, or a continental style breakfast tray for a lazy morning in bed.
Breakfast in Bed
For a lazy start to the day, or for visitors who are just not ‘morning people’. Then order a continental breakfast tray. Brought to your room at any time between 8.00 and 9.30am.
With fresh brewed coffee/tea and orange juice, thick yoghurt with fruits and granola and warm croissants with my own marmalade.
The Butchers Arms Crosby Ravensworth
Tel: 01931 715500
15 minutes walk through the fields or by the road 3 minutes
Our local Community Pub was bought by selling shares to over a hundred local and not so local investors. The new tenants Jon as chef and Katie out front, are making a real effort to keep the pub successful. The food is local with a bit of a twist, served every day as well as good craft beers, nice wine and coffee.
The White Horse Kings Meaburn
Tel: 01931 714256
5 minutes the next village north of Maulds Meaburn
Very small, and old fashioned village pub. New landlords offer good value homemade food off the board menu.
You feel like you are stepping into a families cosy front room, but don’t let that put you off.
Popular Friday night Pie and Pint, and also regular quiz nights.
Home of the Eden Valley Beer Festival held at the end of July.
The Kings Head & The Black Swan
RAVENSTONEDALE CA17 4NH
25 mins cross country thought the countryside south east
The Kings Head. Reopened and completely restored by the Metcalfe – Gibson family. A rustic but modern interior. Seasonally changing pub food, menu, we always think it’s a real relaxing place for supper. Also the only place to drink our super local High Cup Winery wines. Some great modern art on the walls. A mix of locals, visitors and young enthusiastic staff.
The Black Swan. A completely different style, very cosy and traditional. Now with a new, very trendy chef, previously from The Punch bowl, Crosthwaite. Interesting menu that is completely seasonal that is presented in a quite different style.
25 minutes on the A6 travelling north towards Penrith
The George & Dragon (CA10 2ER – 01768 865381)
Rejuvenated pub taken back in hand by the Lowther family. Usually busy bar, and large restaurant area.
An open kitchen using produce from the estate for modern pub food, all flagged floors, smoky fires and friendly chaos. Seems to be sorting its self out after a mediocre couple of years.
Also partners with Askham Hall, ( tel: 01931 712350 )
This is our choice for a really special night out when you can justify the £65.00 tasting menu
25 minutes north
Four and Twenty (CA11 74Y -01768 210231)
A new entry on the eating scene of Penrith. Continuing the success of the Cowin brothers from Culgaith Nursery. The restaurant is usually busy with locals and business travellers.
India Gate (CA11 7TE – 01768 210020)
Loud & cheerful Thai x Indian family restaurant. Opposite Penrith’s “premier nightspot” The Warehouse, Penrith’s very own extensive bar/nightclub complex within an old iron foundry, suitable for all ages.
The Lounge ( CA11 74Y – 01768 866395 )
Popular with local people of all ages. This busy bar, open all day and evening, is run with precision by The Bowman (of horse driving/ scrap metal fame) family. Speedy tapas style dishes served by efficient and attractive local bar staff. Enjoy people watching with a continuous beating retro sound track.
Coffee stops and lunch time eating
Derek and his staff run this tremendously popular eatery.
All homemade cafe food professionally cooked with lots of take away bakery treats, both savoury and sweet.
Great after a swim in the village open air swimming pool.
GreenWheat Florist and Fika
Brunswick Road Penrith
Also Pop Up restaurant nights with chef Lee.
Our daughter Laura recently opened this modern florists with coffee shop ( Fika is Swedish for coffee with something good to eat and a chat!)
Great for a coffee stop or lunch of homemade soup and scrumptious baguettes.
Watch the world go by and Laura at work…very relaxing.
The Mill Yard Café
This café has been a popular meeting place for locals that lunch and walkers for many years.
A sofa by the fire or catch the sun in the courtyard, then explore Morland House gardens next door.
Summer Saturday nights are informal Tapas nights.