As we had the opportunity to catch a few days break at Ingle Burrow, before the next surge of work we decided to give ourselves a treat of a ‘Gourmet Week’.
After a steady trot around Tarn Hows as an introductory walk we stopped by Chesters by the River for lunch and as usual were served the most delicious vegetarian food in the most generous portions, just what even sturdy walkers can enjoy. We very much enjoyed the Quinoa, pomegranate and squash salad and the Feta, leek and potato frittata. Followed by a chocolate, something humungous between us, which kept us very full for ages!
The walk around Blea Tarn was stunning, a great drive over there and a leisurely walk right around which the dog enjoyed very much as there were no sheep around, so, he could be free. So a cosy afternoon with a DVD from the library over the road, back at Ingle Burrow followed by the short drive over to Crosthwaite Punch Bowl. The service was unusually, a bit slow but to have the dog with us in such a lovely restaurant is unique to the lakes I think. The bread while we were waiting was warm and kept us going until the main event Double Baked Cheese Soufflé and lamb.
Gummers How was easy to reach from Ingle Burrow,(it’s right opposite Fell Foot,) a small climb up the hill and a view over Lake Windermere worthy of photographing. Reflections of autumn and boats glinting over the hill, there was no mistaking where we were.
Suddenly a few young cattle appeared at speed and were very interested in what we were doing on their patch, which added to the excitement. Cake and coffee at Café Italia (2 minutes from Ingle Burrow) finished off that late morning. Cheese cake galore, we had Ferrer Rocher cheesecake, it comes very highly recommended, one between two is manageable.
Two Michelin star restaurants within minutes of Inge Burrow. The Gilpin Hotel restaurant is just 10 minutes drive away and has just received the prestigious award, we were fortunate to get a late table booking. Old charm, old style service and yes, food heaven. ‘Hrishi’ The re-named Michelin starred restaurant where Hrishikesh Desai’s imaginative dishes combine great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver modern British dishes with a twist of Asia. Recommend the Peach Melba and lamb again!
We are saving Forest Head the other Michelin star experience for our next visit, again 15 minutes away, in the direction of Ambleside.
New boots required so off to Ambleside where the shopping experience was concluded with a coffee and panini in Stiles. Another dog friendly, owner run café, with a warm welcome, doggy treat and if there are a few of you, and you have walked long and high, try the massive Chocolate Sundae!
So here ends the foodie week and here’s looking forward to our next visit at Ingle Burrow, Windermere