Lake cruises and group charters on Coniston Water in the Lake District
Photo: Coniston Water in the Lake District

where to eat

Photo: Jumping Jenny cafe at Brantwood by Coniston Water

The Brantwood cafe, the "Bluebird Cafe by the Lake", or the "Coniston Inn" with its own jetty, all provide excellent food and are accessible by Coniston Launch. No picnics in the boat cabins please.

Bluebird Cafe

Situated at Coniston Boatlandings - new bigger cafe with lake views. This excellent 'beach cafe' has a wide variety of good value hot snacks, sandwiches, ice creams, etc. The proprietors, Phil and Judith Dixon and their staff provide rapid service - and the place is kept spotless - see .

Coniston Inn

Drop off at the Coniston Inn jetty.

See the Coniston Inn website.

Lakeland House/Hollands Cafe

Serves a fine range of teas, coffees, cakes, snacks, meals and our famous all-day breakfasts in a relaxed stylish setting - see

Swallows and Amazons Tearoom (Bank Ground)

The only official Swallows and Amazons tearoom. Set on a working farm with B&B and cottages, this lovely tearoom serves lunch, homemade bread and cakes, hot & cold drinks and scrumptious Movenpick icecream, as well as wine and local ales and beer. See

Brantwood Cafe

Drop off at Brantwood jetty. The food is all home-made and the standard is first rate. The restaurant is a conversion of the old stables (there is a large wood-burning stove) and in all but the worst weather you can also sit outside on the terrace - with its superb lake views. Groups should note that it is essential to book (015394 41396) and that groups of more than 25 people are most likely to be asked to eat in two sittings - see


There are several opportunities for informal picnics around the lake. We would recommend Torver for those who enjoy wooded glades, or Sunny Bank if you prefer an open beach with fell access. If you are walking to Brantwood and really want a table (!) then you can use the Rigg Wood site that is owned by the Forestry Commission. One other possibility is Lake Bank with its wide jetty and historical association with the lake steamers.

No picnics in the boat cabins please.

Please feel free to discuss your requirements with our crew - oh yes and PLEASE take your litter home!