A while ago, the lovely Donna came to stay with me for a couple of nights with her lovely little family. We spent the Saturday morning out walking the Gruffalo Trail in Whinlatter Forest and the afternoon feeding the ducks at Derwent Water in Keswick. Donna had made it pretty clear that she would like an Afternoon Tea for lunch, so we settled on Bryson’s of Keswick on the Main Street.
Bryson’s is a bakery located at one end of the pedestrianised section of Keswick Town Centre and makes some of the best cakes in the area. The bakery opened over 60 years ago and still stands on the same site – a testament to the quality of the produce! Whilst the ground floor is a traditional bakery with glass cabinets filled with homemade cakes, biscuits, breads and pastries, the first floor is a traditional tea rooms with waitress service.
We found a couple of tables and sat down, making use of the high chair available for the littlest of our children. We each ordered Afternoon Tea for Two, an Afternoon Tea for Two Children and a sandwich, crisps and a cupcake for O. The children’s cordial was served in small glass milk bottles with straws, which were so cute! The kids, and I, loved them.
Our Afternoon Tea comprised of ham and egg and cress sandwiches on a mixture of white and brown bread, cheese sandwiches using homemade Lakeland Plum bread with plum chutney on the side. We were offered a choice of either fruit or date and treacle scones with butter, jam and either clotted or whipped cream. We all opted for the fruit scones with clotted cream – who has whipped cream on a scone?! There was also a small caramel shortbread, a slice of love cake, a fruit and custard tart and a vanilla slice. Each Afternoon Tea for Two cost just over £20, which was great value for the amount of sandwiches and cakes served.
The children’s Afternoon Tea was made up of a mixture of ham and cheese sandwiches, a cupcake and traybake each and marshmallows and strawberries to dip into a chocolate sauce. At only £12.50, this was also very reasonable for such a great treat for the kiddies!
It’s worth pointing out that we visited Bryson’s before Q was born… There isn’t a lift and the tea rooms are based upstairs, so it’s quite difficult to get up to with very small children.
We all really enjoyed our lunch, although it was a little like sitting in a Tea Rooms from the 1970’s. Although, I suppose Tea Rooms are quite a retro/vintage experience. We would really recommend Bryson’s of Keswick to those looking for somewhere for lunch, or even to pick up a loaf of bread. The staff very kindly provided us with a bag of bread offcuts for our trip to Derwent Water to feed the ducks – nothing is too much trouble.