WHERE TO STAY
Situated near some of Ambleside’s finest fell-walking valleys, the Brimstone is a modern luxury retreat. Its well-appointed and spacious suites come with wood-burning stoves, stunning bathrooms and private terraces. Part of the hotel’s philosophy includes collaborating with other businesses that pride themselves on quality – it has a luxurious boot room stocked by Canadian outdoor gear brand Arc’teryx, where guests can get decked out in insulated jackets, walking boots and hats to brave all climates.
2. The Ryebeck
The Ryebeck is set in a leafy clearing above Lake Windermere’s shores. Along with lake views, the lodging offers a laid-back, rustic charm and easy access to the nearby village of Bowness-on-Windermere, which is known for its immersive exhibition and garden on the life and characters of famed writer Beatrix Potter. There’s a spectacular range of rooms to choose from, but most remarkable are the dog-friendly amenities that include access to a dog bed and treats. To round off the English countryside experience, the hotel restaurant’s menu of modern British dishes will have foodies rejoicing.
This superbly located hotel overlooking Derwentwater is more than 200 years old, and is perfect for a luxurious romantic getaway. Recently upgraded, it has state-of-the-art spa facilities, including a heated outdoor pool with mountain views. For those disinclined towards down-to-the-detail planning, the hotel has a great selection of short-stay packages that’ll have you rejuvenated in the blink of an eye.
WHERE TO EAT
Sitting on Magic Hill in the Whinlatter mountain forest near Keswick is a lovingly restored 17th-century cottage. Here you’ll find an upscale restaurant with a fairy tale feel and many awards under its belt, the latest being a mention in the 2019 Michelin Guide. The chefs delight in preparing modern British cuisine with regionally sourced and seasonal ingredients, such as aged Goosnargh duck in a red wine sauce.
This upmarket inn offers simple but delicious lunches. The evening fare is more sophisticated with seasonal main course options such as guinea fowl with salt-baked kohlrabi, watercress and onion, and hake with pickled samphire and fennel jam. Other things that draw people in from far and wide include the peaceful surroundings free from the hustle and bustle of traffic, and a rustic fireplace that keeps guests cosy in the colder months.
Opened in 1996, this restaurant exudes individuality, combining Middle Eastern and Asian flavours in meals made with traditional Lakeland produce. Run by a husband-and-wife team, the restaurant’s mission is to provide great food (think local lamb with rose harissa and Morecambe Bay shrimp with ginger) in a relaxed setting you can’t get anywhere else in today’s hectic world. As you savour the meal, take in the quirky décor adorning the walls and tables.
Drop by during the day, and Fellpack will be a deli-style café, serving up excellent grilled sandwiches and flatbreads that are perfect for carrying along on a hike. In the evening, the café transforms into a convivial restaurant serving up wholesome eats in a cosy setting. Its owners pride themselves on the diversity of their food, catering to a range of palettes and dietary necessities with vegan and gluten-free options.
This article was originally published in the June 2019 issue of SilverKris magazine