Mae's Tea Room (North Lakes – back o’ Skidda) is a tea room and art gallery housed in the old schoolhouse. The fruit crumble with cream is totally recommended (and yes, I am an expert in such things). The filter coffee is great and comes with a nice mint choccie. I don't normally get past the crumble and try other things but there are also home-made cakes and scones (with jam and cream or just butter if you want), sticky toffee pudding, traybakes and cold desserts such as cheesecake.
For those looking for something savoury (I never am), savoury dishes include paninis and other sandwiches or, if you prefer, cooked meals.
Mae's is also open in the evenings at weekends and, in addition to the food, also often has live music. The food and music evenings are very popular and booking is advisable.
The art gallery is mostly local artists and generally excellent landscapes, many showing the wonderful Lakeland peaks and generally at sensible prices. There are also other local crafts for sale such as pottery, jewellery etc.
The staff are very friendly and attentive and the service is good. Also important for lone travellers such as myself, they will take the time to chat to you and not just serve you food.
The views of the Lakeland fells from both the indoor and outdoor seating is superb!
(Damn – wish I hadn’t given their crumble such a good write-up now – that’s twice I’ve gone in there and some beggar’s eaten it all!)
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