Are you looking to escape the tourist town bustle and find a café near Keswick, that is not only rich with Cumbrian food, but history and culture? The Lingholm Estate and Kitchen is a must visit, not only for Beatrix Potter fans, but anyone deserving of a delicious post-hike cuppa and feast, in tranquil Lake District settings.
Hidden amongst dense woodland, along the peaceful shores of Derwent Water – The Lingholm estate was the former holiday home of writer and illustrator, Beatrix Potter. It is during these holidays that Beatrix fell in love with Lingholm and was first inspired to base her Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, within Lingholms enchanting woodland and along the lakeshore. Today, The Lingholm Estate welcomes you to explore and enjoy those very grounds and gardens.
The Lingholm Garden Kitchen and Walled Garden
Upon exploring The Lingholm Estates winding garden paths and taking a stroll along Derwent Water, then head over to The lingholm Garden Kitchen, for a delicious bite to eat. From delicate homemade cakes and softly baked breads, to decadent afternoon tea and hefty Cumbrian lunches- the growing menu and daily specials, certainly won’t disappoint.
Perfect for a relaxing late lunch, after a day on the fells, sit back and enjoy excellent views, through the kitchens contemporary glass windows, which look over to the renowned Lingholm Walled Garden. The striking Victorian style garden, stands in the same place as the original Lingholm Kitchen Gardens, which Beatrix Potter credited as the inspiration behind Mr. McGregor’s Garden, in her bestselling book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Within the high octagonal garden walls, you will therefore find a beautiful outdoor gallery, dedicated to Beatrix Potter, which takes visitors on an inspiring journey through her life on The Lingholm Estate. Only 3 miles from Keswick and open 7 days a week, if you’re looking for things to do near Keswick, we strongly recommend that you prioritise a visit to The Lingholm Garden Kitchen, high on your list!
Tips/hints: Pssst.. Did you know that just a short stroll down the Lingholm Estates driveway, you can find a path which leads directly to Catbells?! Whether you fancy a pre or post-hike feast, The Lingholm Garden Kitchen, would therefore make a perfect base for you to explore what has to be one of our favourite Lakeland Fells.
Why we love it: As well as cooking up an incredible Full English (tried and tested on numerous occasions), we love that the Lingholm Garden Kitchen takes great care to use as much local produce as possible. You can take a look at their “Cumbrian First Board”, to find the details of the farms that supply their dairy and meat products. We also love that their car park is FREE and the kitchen is super dog friendly.