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Top 10 Foodie Hotspots In The Lake District | Daffodil At A Distance

28th June 2020

We're busy here at The Daffodil, preparing for our re-opening on 4th July. We cannot wait to welcome you all back! Whilst things may be a little different in terms of dining options, we're excited to share with you, our top 10 foodie hotspots that all include either a takeout, or outdoor dining option. With so many artisan options here in Cumbria, where will you head first?

Lake District Foodie Hotspot #1 | Lucia's Coffee + Bakehouse, Grasmere

Lucia's Coffee + Bakehouse is a real hidden gem in the village of Grasmere. Serving tempting pastries, sourdough sandwiches, delicious tray bakes and their famous sausage roll, make sure to stop by before you venture up the fells - you'll thank you when you're at the top of Loughrigg enjoying a homemade treat!


Photo credit: @luciascoffeeandbakehouse

Lake District Foodie Hotspot #2 | Mathilde's, Grasmere

Mathilde's Cafe in Grasmere, based at the famous Heaton Cooper Studio, is a delicious scandi-inspired cafe serving up brunch, lunch and treat favourites all with a Scandinavian twist. Sample dishes such as the Full Viking Breakfast or Krakauer Hot Dog.

Mathilde's Grasmere
Photo credit: @mathildesgrasmere, @headymay

Lake District Foodie Hotspot #3 | The Little Ice Cream Shop, Hawkshead & Windermere

The Little Ice Cream Shop burst onto the Cumbrian foodie scene in 2016 with it's incredible flavours and very instagrammable waffle cones. Choose from tempting varieties such as Rocky Road, Grandma's Apple Pie, Malteser Crunch and Houston, We Have Biscoff. Choose from chocolate dipped or add sprinkles for extra yumminess! Your four-legged friend can also get in on the action and enjoy some doggy ice cream.

All the ice cream is made in Hawkshead using Cumbrian milk and cream. Once you have your ice cream and have captured the famous Instagram shot, take a stroll around the cobbled streets of Hawkshead. 

The Little Ice Cream Shop Lake District Foodie Hotspot
Photo credit: @asfarasyoucan_travel, @laurakirkhenry

Lake District Foodie Hotspot #4 | Old Keswickian Fish & Chips, Keswick

Described as the 'best fish and chips in the Lake District', the Old Keswickian in Keswick is famed for it's large selection of eat in or take out options. Established for over 30 years, and are still run by the same extended family. Situated in the middle of this ancient market town, why not take them out and enjoy them in the the sqaure?

Keswick Foodie Hotspot
Photo credit: @onenorthernman, @chocfrogs

Lake District Foodie Hotspot #5 | Folk, Bowness-on-Windermere

Folk Cafe in Bowness is a trendy new foodie hotspot with all your favourite dishes including smashed avocado and halloumi on sourdough, their famous maple smoked bacon sarnie and delicious blondie bakes. That's not all, Folk's drinks menu has something for everyone, from Hawkshead Brewery ales to iced coffees and fresh juices. 


Photo credit: @folkbowness

Lake District Foodie Hotspot #6 | The Daffodil Hotel & Spa, Grasmere

Choose from contemporary Afternoon Tea, creative Pan-Asian inspired food and alfresco favourites all whilst enjoying the stunning views over Grasmere water from the Lakeside Terrace. Relax with a glass of fizz or summer cocktail whilst sampling dishes such as sourdough pizzas, bao buns or Afternoon Tea

Lake District Foodie Hotspot #7 | Chester's by the River, Skelwith Bridge

Chesters by the River is a gorgeous vegetarian café and shop located by the scenic River Brathay, on the way to Coniston and Langdale. The bright, modern cafe is packed full with delicious home-made items such as colourful salads, pizza and tempting sweet treats. There is also a takeaway menu, or an outside area where you can sit by the wood-burner - perfect after a long walk in the Lakes.

Chesters Lake District
Photo credit: @chesterbytheriver, @bespokepartybands

Lake District Foodie Hotspot #8 | The Apple Pie Bakery, Ambleside

Located in the heart of Ambleside, The Apple Pie Bakery is an independent, family run café and bakery. Since it’s opening in 1975 The Apple Pie has grown in size and popularity, yet still keeps its traditional values at heart, serving fresh and quality products everyday to regular visitors, passing tourists and loyal locals.


Photo credit: @food_niki_downs

Lake District Foodie Hotspot #9 | Homeground Coffee & Kitchen, Windermere

Known locally as the best brunch hangout, Homeground's seasonally changing brunch menu is the perfect place to relax with a coffee and catch up with friends or family. Our top picks from the menu include the custard & poached rhubarb waffles, eggs benny & chorizo on sourdough and rice krispie fried chicken. 

Homeground
Photo credit: @homegroundcafe, @heatherlouisetodd

Lake District Foodie Hotspot #10 | Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread, Grasmere

This fascinating little shop was originally built in Grasmere village in 1630 as the village school, and is where Wordsworth occasionally taught, right next to St. Oswald's Church. In 1854 it became the home of Sarah Nelson's world famous original celebrated Grasmere Gingerbread. This unique and delicious gingerbread is freshly baked everyday to the secret recipe and is only obtainable from this shop. The employees still wear traditional dress, adding the the charm of the famous shop. You'll definitely want to take some of this sweet treat home with you! 

Grasmere Gingerbread Foodie Lake District
Photo credit: @watchman1906, @memorymillphotography, @travelzine.life

We would love to see your pictures if you choose to visit any of the these Lake District foodie places - don't forget to snap, tag and share @daffodilhotel.

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