Ten of the best cafes and tea shops in Lancashire and the Lake District
PUBLISHED: 00:05 12 January 2015 | UPDATED: 22:15 10 January 2016
A selection of our favourite coffee shops and tea rooms in Lancashire and the Lake District
4a Chapel Lane, Longton,
A proper Lancashire café. Cheese, eggs, bread, veg, fruit, crisp, jam, meat, cakes, chutneys, plus a selection of handmade gifts, all come from local suppliers. Plus they also sell the almost mythical whist pie.
Lee Carter House, Castle Street, Clitheroe
A local legend selling everything from handmade bread and cakes to British and Continental artisan cheeses. Regulars swear by the terrific coffee and enjoy the quirky friendly atmosphere you’d expect from a place with a bonkers name.
91c Fishergate, Preston PR1 2NJ
This Preston icon is a welcome alternative to the multitude of chain coffee shop on Fishergate. The 1930's style Italian coffee shop is a popular meeting place for locals with a delightful dessert counter and beautiful decor.
The Mews Tea Room
36 Clifton Street, Lytham
Amid the plethora of tea shops in this resort, you could be forgiven for missing this one. That would be a shame because locals in the know love it. There are up to 15 different types of cake from Chocolate and Guinness to Hummingbird cake.
Hazelmere Café & Bakery
Yewbarrow Terrace, Grange-over-Sands
A worldwide reputation and a regular award winner using original recipes and great ingredients to make mouth-watering confections. It has an adjoining bakery so you can take supplies home and savour it all over again.
Exchange Coffee Company
13-15 Fleming Square, Blackburn.
A stone’s throw from the cathedral and the BBC offices, the Coffee Exchange are roasters par excellence. You can go and see you’re coffee being roasted so prepared to be seduced by the smell.
The Music Room
Sun Square, Lancaster
This historic building was opened by Thomas Atkinson in 1837. There are more than over 80 ethically sourced speciality coffees are all skilfully roasted by hand on the premises on direct flame roasters. Tea drinkers are not neglected with 150 on offer.
Cafe d’ Lune
Corricks Lane, Conder Green, near Lancaster
Much loved by cyclists and walkers, this nice seaside café can offer anything from a brew and a bun to fresh soup made daily. If you arrive on the day they’ve made Eccles cakes you’re in for a treat.
Brambles Tea Rooms and Cafe
15 Main Road, Windermere
Amanda Davies, who is chef and owner, featured in the 2010 ITV fly on the wall drama, The Lakes, following her as she set up the business. It is still going strong with an enthusiastic local clientele.
The Woodlands Tea Rooms
The Craft Shop, Santon Bridge, Holmrook, Cumbria
The delightful Woodlands Tearooms and Gift shop blends into the surroundings and it is currently enjoying its 60th straight year of continuous business, also serves food described as ‘Bistro’ style but with a twist.