From the outside this looks a bit 'greasy spoon' but when you get closer you can read the menu, that has tempting offers of home made cake and apple crumble. Once inside, though the decor is a little faded, the cafe is clean and welcoming. The young man (the owner?) did all the cooking, serving, clearing himself. He also made made us, and every other customer, very welcome and was very efficient. We had simple cheese toasties, they were well presented, with a generous garnish of side salad and coleslaw. The bread used for the toastie was very good - we had been offered a choice of white or brown and we washed it down with a well made cup of tea, but declined the offer of more tea (we still had a long ride in front of us). When we left the young man came out into the street and stopped the traffic so that we could back out of our parking space, conveniently opposite the cafe. Alston feels like a very remote part of Britain, high in the North Pennines, so The Cumbrian Pantry was a very welcome discovery.
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