A Taste of the Lake District
The beauty of the Lake District has proved an irresistible lure to poets and artists for hundreds of years, from William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter to John Constable. But there is much more to it than the spectacular scenery of the famous lakes and quintessentially English villages. Here, you will discover combinations of food flavours unique to the region and prepared in the traditional way to be eaten and enjoyed in the idyllic settings of picture postcard country inns, rustic pubs, restaurants and tearooms. Come and taste it for yourself!
Welcome to the Lakes
Arrive in the Lake District (train options are available from London, Manchester and Edinburgh) where your chauffeur will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Windermere. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Depending on your arrival time, take a cruise on Lake Windermere in the afternoon. Enjoy a traditional Cumberland Tatie Pie for your dinner tonight. The main ingredients are a stew of lean lamb or cubed mutton shoulder, potatoes and black pudding.
Exploring the Lake District
Today your chauffeur will take you to see the famous lakes, mountain passes and the most iconic locations by taking in Grasmere, Keswick, Ullswater and Borrowdale Valley. While in Grasmere, try Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread which is baked and sold from the original small cottage standing next to St Oswald’s Church. For lunch, try a baguette filled with locally handmade cheese and chutney together with a bowl of homemade soup.
Beatrix Potter and Hawkshead
Today your chauffeur will take you to Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, a 17th century cottage where she wrote many of her famous children’s stories. You will have the opportunity to go into the house (closed on Fridays), explore the garden and visit the shop. Continuing onto the medieval village of Hawkshead, there will be time to explore its many delightful features including afternoon tea in one of its tearooms before catching your afternoon train.