where to eat
The Brantwood cafe, the "Bluebird Cafe by the Lake", or the "Waterhead Hotel" with its own jetty, all provide excellent food and are accessible by Coniston Launch. No picnics in the boat cabins please.
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 www.thebluebirdcafe.co.uk/ .
Drop off at our Waterhead jetty. Show your ticket for 10% discount on Afternoon Teas, Lounge Bar Snacks and Restaurant Dinner. This large, comfortable hotel is the only one on Coniston Water with its own lake access. The hotel is available for morning coffee, light lunches, and afternoon tea. It is also available by prior booking (015394 41244) for larger groups who have booked our launch - possibly to take them to Brantwood. See www.waterhead-hotel.co.uk/.
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 www.lakelandhouse.co.uk/hollands-cafe/
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 www.bankground.com/tearoom.html.
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 http://www.brantwood.org.uk/things-to-do/
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!