Afternoon Tea: Cakes To Keep Cumbria Curvy

The motto of Lucy's On A Plate in Ambleside in the Lake District is "Cakes To Keep Cumbria Curvy"; making Lucy instantly every woman's best friend.
Her tearoom and bistro serves the most delicious home baking- from triple chocolate layer cake to lemon cake to scones. The best way to enjoy her baking is as part of their Cumberland Afternoon Tea (£7.50). This way you get to try a little bit of everything (well, when I say little bit, I mean slab). Their triple chocolate layer cake is honestly the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten (and i've eaten a lot). It is moist, and creamy and deliciously moreish.
Lucy's On A Plate also serves an extensive menu of fabulous meals both during the day and in the evening. We adored their Macaroni Cheese (£7.95). Just the right amount to leave room for the cakes afterwards!
Lucy herself is a bit like Rick Stein is to Padstow. She owns several businesses in Ambleside; including the more lively eatery Lucy4; just across the road from Lucy's On A Plate.
Lucy's On A Plate has a relaxed friendly atmosphere that is instantly welcoming. Visitor's get an instant impression of the team's personality with jokes and witty sayings written on everything from the mirrors to the menus. "Love is blind. Marriage restores the eyesight" was our favourite.
The property mixes wood with country and vintage-themed decor to create a place that you could happily while away the day.
Please don't visit the Lake District without making a little stop at Lucy's On A Plate before you go. For directions, and more information visit:
Across the road from Lucy's empire is Scarlett Ribbon, a delightful vintage style boutique. Perfect for walking off all that cake and spending your last few pounds.
Dresses from individual designers sit alongside vintage-inspired hairbands and purses; along with a gorgeous selection of feminine gifts and trinkets. You can also shop online at:
If you are still feeling a bit stuffed from your triple chocolate layer cake, head a few miles down the road to The Beatrix Potter Museum in Bowness-on-Windermere, and meander around the beautiful recreated scenes from Beatrix Potter's much-loved tales.
It is a lovely and relaxing way to spend an hour or two; with plenty to keep the kids amused; including treasure hunts. Entry costs £6.75 per adult and £3.30 per child. More information can be found at:
Photographs: Malcolm Smith

1 comment:

  1. the best tea room ive ever eaten in====