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“Good little tea shop!”

THE OLD SAWMILL TEASHOP
Ranked #75 of 153 Restaurants in Keswick
Certificate of Excellence
Description: Opposite "The Mirehouse" in Car Park at entrance to woodland walks and Birdlife Observation area called "Dodds Wood".
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Description: Opposite "The Mirehouse" in Car Park at entrance to woodland walks and Birdlife Observation area called "Dodds Wood".
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Been there today actually (25th August) before a long trek into Dodd Wood. We arrived, sat down and ordered our food! The lady who served us seemed a little fed up and wasn't very friendly to the customers - she wasn't rude, just a little grumpy. I ordered the egg and cress bun, which was lovely. Although I just felt it was a little small; however it could have been because I was so hungry and expected more on my plate. I also felt the menu didn't really offer a lot of choice. Compared to the menu in Whinlatter forests' cafe there is no comparison. We didn't have a cake but they did look nice!

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Thank Emma W
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Old Sawmill Tea Shop is just that. The building has the old saws and photographs of the cart horses and men moving the trees from times gone by. Nearly all the food is home cooked, from the soup of the day (brocoli and stilton) for example - quiches and the most delicious and tempting deserts, scones... etc. This is a small friendly tea shop with a limited menu because it is a small tea shop with strict restrictions on what they can and cannot serve. ie if you want a chip buttie - go to Keswick. This is a wonderful little establishment which Clare keeps extremely clean and tidy and offers culinary delights of the homely kind. There's de-caf coffee, lattes etc, teas, cold drinks, just what you want after a) a wet walk in the woods, or b) a hot walk in the woods. If the sun is shining you can sit outside and enjoy the view of Bassenthwaite Lake and beyond. Enjoy.

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Thank SandyKM545
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stopped here for lunch before visiting Mirehouse across the road. There was no gluten-free bread, but several meal choices were gluten free (baked potato, ham and salad, sausage and salad). The serves were enormous and the food lovely. I had a sweet potato and ginger soup that was fantastic, served with a cheese scone. The ham in the salad was off the bone and lovely.
Great value for money and the ladies were very pleasant. Highly recommend.

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1  Thank brisbane_familyof5
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We felt very sorry for the teashop as they had a power cut (first time in 5 years!) But the staff were really helpful and were somehow boiling water for coffee and tea. The cakes were delicious. If you go you must visit Mirehouse gardens across the road. Fantastic gardens and walks down to the lake.

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

After a long walk to the top of Dodd mountain, around the lovely woodland paths, the Old Sawmill Tearshop is like a little oasis. We experienced friendly and helpful service, and there was a tantalising choice of delicious-looking homemade fayre to choose from, including quiches, fruit pies and cakes.
I opted for the welsh rarebit muffin with salad, followed by a date crumble slice. My husband had a baked potato and filling, followed by a scone with jam and cream. All to be recommended.
Dodd wood is a great place for a day out, with a network of walking trails to explore. There are beautiful views over Bassenthwaite Lake and the mountains beyond, and over to Keswick and Dewentwater as you get higher up the mountain. The teashop makes it a pratical outing, as you can get refreshments and use the (well maintained) toilets, before and after your walk.
There is also the Mirehouse mansion and gardens (open on a few days a week) just across the road, although we didn't visit that so can't comment.

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1  Thank CPL19
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