13 December 2017
Comedy fans will remember Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon sampling course after course of the Holbeck Ghyll's 2-AA-Rosette food in their BAFTA award-winning 'The Trip'. This impressive venue was presumably an easy choice for a filming location - panoramic views, stylish dining rooms and a dazzling menu are all part of the appeal. No wonder this is a place for which you always need to book ahead.
There’s simply no bad time to take afternoon tea at this beautiful lakeside spot – in the winter, you can sit by the fire and take in the views, while in the summer the terrace comes into its own. Orders are taken daily from 12-5pm and the generous spread includes finger sandwiches, pork pies, mini trifles and homemade scones, cakes and biscuits, accompanied by a pot of tea. You could always combine your tea with a tour of the lake - the Glenridding dock is a ten minute walk from the hotel.
There are lots of reasons to visit the pretty Cumbrian village of Cartmel on the southern edge of the Lake District. But possibly the best reason of all is the Cartmel Village shop, aka the home of sticky toffee pudding. This place has been lovingly hand-crafting this decadent dessert for decades now, and it's beyond brilliant.
This renowned 300-year-old inn sits on a remote hill between Ambleside and Hawkshead. If hearty, contemporary fare and rustic-chic interiors are your thing, this is the place for you. It’s very popular, mind - if you can get there early enough to beat the queues, lunchtime is a good bet as they don't take reservations. The bar, with its flagstone floors and oak beams hung with hops, is a great place to recharge after your morning hike.
The word “remote” tends to get overused when describing Lake District locations, but this place truly deserves it. Half an hour's drive from the nearest village, with Scafell Pike and Great Gable looming over it, the Wasdale Head Inn is famously popular with walkers. There could scarcely be a better place to arrive after a hard day on the fells - a warm welcome is assured, while great food, crackling fires and (should you require it) a comfy bed are all on offer.