Monday, 6 November 2017

Chesters by the River - My Favourite Cafe in the Lakes.

Chesters by the river review

I think I have issues as to how much I love the Lakes.
I've written about our stay last year here and some walks here. I've since been twice this year and I now have hundreds of Lakes related blog posts whizzing about in my little brain. It's my favourite place in the UK and quite possibly, dare I say it, one of my favourite places in the world. 

It's just so bloody beautiful. 

My friend Ash also shares my crazy love for this place and she has been telling me for years to visit Chesters but I've never got round to it until this year (obvs too pre-occupied with all the other amazing things to do). Well more fool me because this little gem is just that. 

Chesters By The River is a quaint little cafe nestled behind Skelwith Bridge overlooking the River Brathay. It's such a cute place. It has a wooden terrace area with lovely views of the River as well as a cosy indoor area with big wooden tables, countertops full of sugary delights and quirky decor including a self service tap water area. This is where you can pour yourself a glass of water from a big industrial tap over a large wooden bucket (random but oh so cool). The food is amazing. It's all vegetarian with a menu full of colourful salads, pizzas and amazing cakes for a sugar overload. At our most recent visit we got white chocolate and cranberry flapjacks and a pot of tea. 


Chesters by the river review

Chesters by the river review

Chesters by the river review

Chesters is also home to a gift shop and bakery. The bakery, as you would imagine, smells amazing. The gift shop sells all sorts of homely goodness as well as stationary and books - a geek like myself's idea of heaven! During our most recent trip we bought two Cavallini and Co posters - one is a cartoon style map of California ready for our honeymoon next year and the other is full of pop art style pictures and postcards of New York City, one of our other favourite places. I spend ages looking at all the little bits and bobs in here.

Another bonus of Chesters is that you can also bring your dog inside so if you've had a long walk and want to rest your aching feet for a while, your pup can rest their paws with you. One of my favourite days in the Lakes is to park the car in Elterwater and walk along the river until you reach Chesters. This will take about 45 minutes then you can either turn back on yourself and walk the same way back or do a big loop through farmland back to the village which takes about 2 more hours. Perfect. 



Chesters by the river review


Chesters by the river review

Chesters by the river review

Have you ever been before? Where do you like to go in the Lakes? 

Kirsty xo. 


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