Without a doubt, The Watermill is one of the best places to brunch or lunch in the Lake District! If you arrive for a late lunch definitely plan a later dinner! The homemade bread rivals my mothers, and trust me, THAT is saying something! Actually, it's not anything I ever imagined asserting but it is true! I was in the area for a film shoot at Long Meg and her Daughters stone circle (DON'T MISS) two days in a row, so actually got to eat here twice! The first day I had the fantastic Moroccan lentil soup, and was stunned when it came with at least five thick slices of bread. Note: while they give you bags to take away any leftover bread, they do not have containers for soup, so, I wither bring a ‘traveller’ mug just in case, or better yet, share a bowl with someone and feast on the bread. The second day we all had the mushroom quiche and it was delicious! While I didn’t try the ice cream, a friend who did loved it!
We spoke with the owner who has been there for years and learned that she is ready to retire, and that the mill and the restaurant are on the market. I have to say that in my opinion, this is a fantastic opportunity for anyone wanting to leave the rat race and live a life of sanity in the middle of beauty even though Little Salkeld and Penrith are more than a bit off the track!
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