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Places To Eat
Whilst staying at High Wray Farm you will enjoy our finely cooked farmhouse breakfast's freshly prepared using local produce, but in the evening you may want to explore the local restuarants and traditional pubs. Based on recommendation, here are a few places you may want to try during your stay...
Dining at the Kings Arms is an informal occasion, with ample choice to suit all tastes. Imaginative traditional and continental cuisine is served in the Bar area and Dining Room, with daily 'special' dishes to provide added interest, accompanied by a wide choice of wines at reasonable prices. www.kingsarmshawkshead.co.uk
The Sun Inn
Located in the charming un-spoilt village of Hawkshead, the delightful 17th Century Inn has everything to offer those looking for good food that is locally sourced. Beautifully situated in the centre of the village, The Sun Inn has oak beams and an open fire. www.suninn.co.uk
Tower Bank Arms
This traditional 17th Century Lakeland Inn is situated in the village of Near Sawrey. Many of the illustrations in the famous Beatrix Potter books can be traced back to their origins here, including the Tower Bank Arms, which is featured in The Tales Of Jemima Puddleduck. Hilltop, Beatrix Potters former home, is situated just behind the pub! www.towerbankarms.co.uk
Queens Head Hawkshead
Since the early 17th Century The Queens Head has been welcoming travellers and visitors to the village of Hawkshead. Some things dont change: whether you want to drink or dine you will find the Queens Head the perfect place; our celebrated restaurant, awarded an AA Four Star for culinary excellence has a menu to suit all tastes. Whether it is lunch or an evening meal, the Queens Head offers a warm welcome and good food to those in search of a relaxed and traditionally English environment.
The Drunken Duck
The Duck is famous for its food and beer and also the relaxed and informal atmosphere of the three restaurant areas - two very traditional and one more modern.
The emphasis here is very much on excellent quality, locally sourced food and unobtrusive but attentive service. www.drunkenduckinn.co.uk
The Fulling Mill Restaurant
The most stylish restaurant in Ambleside occupies a converted mill with waterwheel, adjacent to Adrian Sankey's Ambleside Glass Works. It offers modern British cuisine that comes with a Mediterranean twist in dishes such as spinach, potato, and mozzarella pie, and panfried scallops with lemon, parsley, and butter. You can have an elegant dinner or just sip a cappuccino in the courtyard. Reservations essential. www.thefullingmill.co.uk
The surrounding scenery is some of the finest in the Lake District with Grizedale Forest to the south, Lake Windermere to the east and Lake Coniston to the west
Nestled in the Vale of Esthwaite deep in the heart of Beatrix Potter country lies the village ‘Hawkshead‘ situated 2 miles west of Lake Windermere and aptly named ‘the prettiest little village in the Lake District‘.
Visitors will find a wonderful mixture of the historic and picturesque; whitewashed walls contrast against narrow cobbled streets adorned with hanging baskets aglow with a profusion of colour.
The pubs are not only friendly but offer some tantalising fayre to whet the appetite. A tremendous community spirit can be found in Hawkshead one that will keep you coming back for more, time and time again.
The well known and much loved Tarn Hows is a lovely walk from Hawkshead, and is a great place for a picnic, with its scenic backdrop of Coniston Old Man, around to the Langdales and the Fairfield Horseshoe. Left to National Trust by Beatrix Potter there is a reasonably level circular path suitable for pushchairs and wheel chairs with assistance.
Ambleside is an attractive small town of about 2500 people situated in the centre of the Lake District National Park, about 1 mile from the head of Lake Windermere. It is at the hub of the area's road system and all parts of the National Park are within 1 hour's drive. Many fine mountain and valley walks, both easy and strenuous, start from the town.
Ambleside's tourist facilities are highly developed. It has a vast choice of restaurants, cafés and pubs. It offers high quality shopping, particularly for art, gifts and outdoor wear. There is a first class cinema. In the summer and autumn, there are traditional events, sports, theatrical and live music productions.