Spring into Smoked Haddock and Parmesan Tarts

Smoked haddock is one of those foods that i can simultaneously crave and not know what to do with. But today I have solved the latter problem. These tarts are great as part of a hot buffet, or you could make a bigger ones for lunch (maybe with some salad on the side if you’re feeling virtuous).  G.

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Tomato and Pesto Pinwheel Buns

A somewhat healthier version of my Cheese and Bacon Pinwheel buns. These have now been nicknamed “bruffins” by my family, for their resemblance to muffins, but were enjoyed regardless of terrible naming. G.

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Lake Road Inn, Keswick

This is definitely one of my favourite places to eat in Keswick. A small pub with a really cosy alpine atmosphere, hearty food, and fairy lights. There’s also a beer garden for the (occasional) proper summer days. We had the Cumberland sausage (a local delicacy) and the steak pie, (both sensibly priced around £10) portion sizes are perfect for the hungry walker. The pizzas are also pretty good, more American style than Italian, but you definitely get value for money as we both struggled to finish. I just wish I had space for the dessert! G.

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Little Chamonix Cafe, Keswick

We visited this friendly, chalet-inspired cafe for coffee. Definitely planning to return as there is a good selection of local produce and home-cooked dishes from scones to Cumberland sausage and Lake District cheese. It appears to be a particularly good place to visit for brunch or lunch. The decor is clean and contemporary and the hosts honed their skills chalet hosting in the French alps. An additional touch was a sign noting that the flowers on the tables (and occasionally the vegetables) were from Dad’s garden “Thanks Dad”. E

Poppi Red’s Tea Room

We loved Poppi Red’s in the beautiful village of Hawkshead and so did the group of cyclists eating cakes on the terrace. The tea room is cosy and cute with friendly staff. I had a local speciality, teabread with Wensleydale cheese, and G had coffee and walnut cake. I can’t wait to go home and try cheese with my own Earl Grey Teabread. The coffee was good and served quickly. A range of filled rolls and paninis are available for around £6.50. Other specialities include cinnamon toast, hot crumpets with melted cheese and Westmorland chilli chutney and three cheese ploughmans. Homemade soups, such as butternut squash and sweet potato are available.. We’d like to return in the winter to Christmas shop in the gift shop and try the hot chocolate with rum and Bailey’s coffee.  E

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