Earlier this week it was my mum’s birthday, so we thought it would be nice to spend it up at my nana’s in the District all together. Fortunately for her the sun was shining and it was lovely and hot. This is when the Lake District is at its best. My nana doesnt live too far away from Haweswater, a huge reservoir that provides all the water to Manchester. The reservoir has a lot of controversial history, as where the water lies now, there used to lie the village of Mardale. In 1929 the parliament passed an act allowing the dam to be built. The construction of the reservoir would mean that these villages would be flooded and lost and the population would have to be moved. A very interesting and rather sad story, you should look it up. It is said when the waters are shallow you can still see the sunken ruins of Mardale. Theres a little history lesson for you. Today lies a very picturesque reservoir however in the hill of the district, and just on the side you will find, the quaint, very English Haweswater Hotel.
As it was a beautifully sunny day, we decided to take the dog for a stroll and my mum for afternoon tea. The hotel itself has just gone through a huge renovation, bringing it up to date. I must admit it looks fab, it has a very old gentleman’s club kind of style, I think it fits in perfectly. Outside there are a couple of tables that overlook the waters, unfortunately they were all full. However if you walk around the side of the hotel, up the side banking there are two more tables in a beautiful garden setting over looking the lake. My mum and nana ordered a cream teas, which came promptly. The scones were nice and warm, they were different as they were made with walnuts and cherries, and with my mum being the expert scone maker she massively approved and gave an 9/10 scoring. Only because she serves hers with homemade jam pfffft. However it came with Duerrs jam and Rodda’s clotted cream which is by far the beast out there. My partner and I went for a cherry bakewell cake and a sort of florentine/tiffin. The bakewell cake was super lush, lovely and moist with a nice layer of icing on the top. The tiffin biscuit was indulgent and chocolately, with a nice amount of biscuit and fruit, however it was quite sickly I couldnt eat a full one. For a day out I would definelty recommend a visit, you need a car to get there, unless you want a serious bike ride. However on a sunny day its a lovely walk and you can stop off for these delightful refreshments. It is also a hotel and taking a look at the rooms they do look lovely with an ideal setting, so would make a romantic weekend away.