Cafes and Delis
It is no secret that the Lake District has some of the best places to eat, from Michelin-standard food to simple dishes that showcase the region's top local produce. You really are spoilt for choice when eating out in the Lake District and Cumbria. From fabulous Michelin-starred restaurants to cafés and tea rooms that are the size of a front room in a small terrace house, there is something to suit every taste and budget.
Lancashire and the Lake District has some of the best afternoon teas in Britain. After an afternoon of hiking through Lancashire’s spectacular scenery, what could be more appealing than a piping hot pot of tea accompanied by a slab of chocolate cake, pile of fresh scones or doorstop sandwiches? Luckily there are countless accredited cafés, coffee shops and tea rooms dotted all over Lancashire where you can enjoy all of those things and more!
The Whale Tail Café, established in Lancaster for over 25 years. They offer tasty breakfasts, wholesome lunches, with soups and specials, children’s choices and much more to delight every appetite. Their friendly atmosphere creates the perfect setting in which to enjoy the delicious dishes created from the very best vegetarian, vegan and gluten free fresh, seasonal local produce; fair trade and organic ingredients used where possible.
A spin-off from award-winning local coffee roaster J Atkinson & Co, the Music Room is where owner Ian Steel and his son Maidment put their beans into action across a menu of next-level espresso, pour-over filter and cafetière drinks. The Music Room also sells a small selection of brilliant cakes by talented local Debbie Kaye, including root vegetable and fig cake or pear and plum Bakewell. The Music Room itself is an attention-grabber: the interior has been cleanly decluttered by the Steels, but retains its three-storey Victorian elaborate facade.