As much as I love to travel I have to admit that it’s only recently that I have started visiting more places in the UK. I visited Wales for the first time in 2015 and more cities in England over the past couple of years. However when I got the chance to visit the Lake District briefly I was very excited. We headed to Windermere for a night this winter and had a lovely, relaxing 24 hours.
Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and is a fantastic sight to see. Because it’s so big, there are many different views of the lake and a lot of look out points to choose from. One viewpoint that is particularly popular is Orrest Head; it boasts breathtaking images of the lake and surrounding hills. I was eager to do the climb but the rain was coming on and off, so we decided against it. Instead we drove to Beech Hill picnic site on the A592 where we could take in as much of the lake as possible and also walk right down to the lakeside.
This little town is also situated by the lake and allows you to get a close up look. But Bowness-on-Windermere has more to offer than Lake Windermere. It’s a great place for families because it hosts the World of Beatrix Potter because of the amount of time the author spent in the Lake District. However, we chose to spend our time wandering the small cobble streets, sneaking into cute clothing and souvenir shops and nipping in to little coffee shops.
Visiting in November it was pretty chilly at Lake Windermere, so we decided to warm up with a hot chocolate from Choccobar. It was a Sunday, so it was busy but we managed to grab a table. Without having to look at the menu for too long I decided on the Hot Chocolate to Talk About and I thought I would have it with no added flavours. I went up to order and I was offered a taste of the Venison hot chocolate, which I was unsure about at first mention. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed it, and decided to order the Venison hot chocolate. The helpful and friendly staff definitely added to my enjoyment of Choccobar! On arrival I hoped that my drink would taste as good as it looked – amazing! It was served with fruit to dip, whipped cream and a lady finger, all of which looked fantastic. The taste certainly didn’t disappoint; it was deliciously smooth and filled with flavour. This has to be the best hot chocolate experience I’ve ever had!
Being a Sunday we knew we had to make our main meal a roast and found that Masons Arms gets fantastic reviews for their Sunday Roasts. It was extremely busy and you have to make a reservation for the dining room in advance, but being a 2 we were able to snap up a corner table by the window in the pub. The atmosphere is whole-heartedly British because the pub is a cosy inn with fireplaces, low ceilings and comfortable chairs. It is the perfect space to sit down with friends and family for a relaxed meal. Sam chose to order the Lamb Cartmel and I went with the Slow Roasted Ham Hock; even though the menu stated that it was a very generous size I couldn’t quite believe how much meat was on my plate! The ham was served with mash, green beans and pancetta and it was all delicious and extremely filling – perfect for a cold winter’s day. Both myself and Sam thoroughly enjoyed our meals and we were planning a second visit next year before we were even out of the door!