We love a bit of afternoon tea, and decided to treat ourselves with a visit to The Gaddum restaurant at Brockhole-on-Windermere. It’s a great location, right on the A591 between Windermere and Ambleside and walking distance from White Cross Bay.
We went in through the rather grand front door, and were welcomed by the very friendly Holly.
The entrance to the Gaddum
Wandering up from the car-park and all the activity of Brockhole, you are transported into an elegant, peaceful and sophisticated world as you enter this gorgeous 19th Century Building.
The Lounge, Garden Room and the Orangery are all simply stunning rooms, beautifully inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 1800s and reflect some of the original rooms of Brockhole House itself.
If you like William Morris wallpaper, tweed fabrics and rich solid Lloyd Loom furniture, with a warm and welcoming wood-burning stove and views down to the lake, you’ll enjoy this setting as much as we did. We chilled here for a while in the lounge bar and consulted the menu.
We were then taken through to the beautiful Garden Room – with Lake and garden views – a little piece of heaven in November
The Garden Room Restaurant
I can’t wait to try it come May when all the magnolia is out on the terrace and you can be served your food and drinks outside. Every window has a fabulous view of the Lake and the garden… it really is a picture perfect setting.
There’s a delightful Orangery which can be reserved for exclusive gatherings and celebrations and has a real vine growing across the ceiling, and gorgeous original black and white tiled floor.
It’s a lovely menu – locally inspired dishes, a fine tea selection, and handmade pâtisserie. The Gaddum lunch specials include Fish & Chips; Cumbrian Steak & Chips, Guinea-fowl pie, and four other mains choices, all served with the Gaddum ‘signature’ confit potatoes. All sounded yummy but we wanted to sample the afternoon tea.
If you want a real drink there is a full licenced bar. We were having a hot drink and were offered a tea or coffee menu – we went for the Earl Grey.
Your afternoon tea includes 4 finger sandwiches, smoked salmon, beef and horseradish, a cheese and a ham; 3 amazing patisserie-style cakes, and 2 scones – one fruit, one plain with clotted cream, double cream, butter and damson jam and refills of tea as we needed it. Full veggie option is available too. We were all pretty full at the end of it, and try as we might, we couldn’t finish one of the scones …!
Much to my delight, there is a piano in the Restaurant, which you are allowed to play! I couldn’t resist and had a little moment of playing the piano and it felt like we had headed off to a bygone era.
Heading to The Gaddum over the Christmas period? – 2 courses including mince pie and coffee for £19.95pp and 3 courses for £24.95pp.