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Ambience at Ambio - a Lake District treat

Nov 18 2017, 5:38 PM

My last tour of 2015 was, appropriately, on New Year's Eve.  A coach full of lovely people from Gloucestershire travelled up to Windermere to spend a few days relaxing in beautiful surroundings. 

I had been told they wanted a "4 hour sightseeing tour, no stops except briefly for coffee".  However, it seems the organiser had a slightly different view to the guests as they were all keen to get out and stretch their legs.

On beginning our journey, the fells seemed covered in a layer of gossamer silk, their summer vibrancy reduced to an understated palette.  With stories to tell, views to admire and a jolly group, I knew this was going to be a good day.


We headed first to Grasmere where they made a beeline for the Gingerbread shop.  A perennial favourite, the spicy treat makes a quirky gift to take home for loved ones.

From there it was back to Ambleside, followed by a leisurely drive alongside Coniston Water.  Quieter than some other parts of the Lake District, the area has some fascinating tales and is a favourite destination for me.

'Coffee' turned into lunch when we arrived at Cafe Ambio, situated in the grounds of the Lakeland Motor Museum at Lakeside.  Luckily I had reserved tables as its popularity assured that the rest were full.  Once they saw the menu and what was on other diners' plates, my group decided that 'an hour for lunch' was definitely in order and proceeded to tuck in.  The staff were friendly, service was good and the food (apparently) was excellent - it certainly looked it.

A bonus for me was discovering that the same owners have a cafe located at the new Auction Mart at J36 on the M6.  That could be an excellent place for groups so a "tea and cake recce" is now in my diary (it's a tough job!)

Sadly we didn't have time to visit the Motor Museum although I took the opportunity to remind myself of its delights.  Next time.

A final drive around the Cartmel peninsula for views of Morecambe Bay ended a super half day trip for my guests.  I am sure they will return home having had a great taste of what the Lake District has to offer and be back here again soon.

 


This picture of Coniston Water with the village in the background wasn't taken on the day but gives an idea of the scenery.


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