There is excellent dining in the many pubs, hotels, cafes and restaurants around the district, ideal to complement the home cooking, the advantage of the flexibility of self catering. Nearest to Manesty there is The Swinside Inn (2.5 miles), The Farmers (3.5 miles, 017687 73442) and The Scafell Riverside Bar (2.7) for traditional pub meals and atmosphere; The Borrowdale Hotel (1 mile on foot; 1.5 by road) for excellent bar meals in their well appointed conservatory or garden from the Lounge Bar Menu and for satisfying 3 to 5 course evening meals; The Borrowdale Gates and The Leathes Head for that special dinner occassion; Grange itself which boasts two cafes specialising in home baking; High Lodore serving generous teas; and not to forget Prince Charles’ choice, The Flock Inn, in Rosthwaite.
Look for Borrowdale trout, Herdwick lamb, locally cured ham, local pheasant and venison, along with traditional Cumbrian recipes.
You’ll find in Keswick the specialist foodstore Booths with a policy of sourcing local produce; Brysons, the well established local bakery; the Wednesday market; Thursday’s farmer’s market selling local produce; Relph’s meats in Rosthwaite selling their own distinctive Herdwick lamb and Thomasson’s of Keswick specialising in local, fresh produce.
We have pick your own blackcurrants in season, herbs outside your kitchen door, local milk from Penrith delivered by High Lodore farm and our own water supply, free of chemicals, filtered and ultra violet light treated. In fact leave your bottled water at home and as you leave Manesty, take a bottle or two with you.
To help you spend more time on the fells than in the supermarket, consider ordering your groceries online. The Workington branch of Tesco knows where we are, so the cupboards can be stocked just as you like them. Use c/o Leyland and our personal address (Youdale Knot, Manesty, Keswick CA12 5UG) and let us know!
If you like the idea of eating in your own cottage but are less keen on slaving over a hot stove, Cumbria Way Food have just started delivering to the area. They provide delicious, wholesome and locally sourced frozen meals as well as the option of a welcome pack to give you a Cumbrian start to your week. Mention Manesty Holiday Cottages and they will know where to find us.
J & J Graham of Penrith or Carrick’s of Penrith will deliver hampers of locally sourced sausage, ham, cheeses, and chutneys which can be ready in your cottage on your arrival. J & J Graham also provide hampers ‘especially to suit your taste’, which can be ordered by making a phone call to 01768 862281, and Carrick’s have a ‘design your own hamper’ section on their website. As with a Tesco delivery use our name and address and let us know.
Finally we highly recommend Brunswick Deli Penrith for lunches and cakes to outdoor catering and hampers and they deliver as well, again use our name and address; locals well at work.
Specialist cooking equipment (blender, mixer, bread maker etc) is available on request.