A Quick Weekend in the Lakes

 A glimpse of sunshine and our minds were made up; it was time to dust off the camping equipment and head to the Lake District. Even if the trip was only for one night, this proved to be the perfect excuse to stroll around Cumbrian villages, try out two one star Michelin restaurants and of course try out a few Gins along the way. The perfect foodie weekend getaway.

We stayed in the picturesque village of 'Grasmere'. This picturesque setting is a walkers paradise, with great trails all around. 

The village has many boutique stores, cafes, pubs and great places to try for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

The village was completely booked out apart from the camp site we managed to get into. It is easy to see why this stop, proves so popular. 

'Herdy' - our new favourite store from an interior design perspective, taking inspiration from Herdwick sheep native to the area. The modern and simplistic designs made us smile. 

Taking a wander around the village doesn't take long, although it might if you stop at each pub (this may have happened to us). 

The famous 'Grasmere Gingerbread', the smell as we walked past at 8am on the Sunday morning was certainly appealing. 

As you can see the village is like taking a step back in time, with the traditional stone and slate buildings.

We woke early on Sunday morning, although no cafes were open so we headed for a stroll, then came across Heidi's which opened at 9am. We ordered some fresh pastries, waffles with eggs and bacon, and of course some filter coffee. A great cafe for a quick bite to eat. 

We will certainly visit this idealic village again. Who couldn't fall in love with the surroundings? 

On our way to lunch on the Sunday, we stopped off at Ambleside. We enjoyed having a stroll around another picturesque village.

An impressive National Trust maintained building. 

The weather and the surroundings were beautiful and we will definitely be back to Ambleside for a longer stay next time. 

A well placed river side cafe. 

We stopped at 'The Apple Pie' bakery, Ambleside, for coffee and some fresh hot cross buns. 

Of course we couldn't go to the Lake District without wisiting Lake Windermere. A great day to stand in awe over the Lake. 

On the Saturday, we walked from Grasmere to the picture perfect setting of 'The Forest Side' for lunch. Where we ended up staying for four hours, lapping up the sunshine on the terrace whilst drinking a crisp white wine.  

On the Sunday, we stopped off beside Lake Windermere and visited 'The Samling' for lunch. A beautiful traditional hotel with a modern architecturally pleasing extension, which houses the restaurant on the top floor. Both reviews will follow in the coming weeks.