Lunch with a view

A couple of weeks ago we met my good friend and fellow writer Angela King (The Blood of Kings) and her husband for coffee. We chose the Windermere Jetty museum cafe, which has one of the best views across Windermere lake in the whole area, and is also spacious and does really good food.

We had a lovely time catching up on writerly gossip and spent far longer chatting than we realised. By the time the ‘party’ had broken up it was almost lunch time, so Dave and I decided to stay on and had lunch looking out at this view (above).

Then a few days later we’d arranged to meet some different friends for lunch. It was all set for the cafe at Blackwell, an Arts & Crafts house on the outskirts of Bowness, but when we turned up it was to find that the cafe was in meltdown and only serving coffee and cake. All four of us jumped back in various cars and headed for the Jetty again, since that was one of the nearest places that might still have space.

Luckily we got one of the last two tables and had another lovely meal and another great chat in front of the same amazing view. It brings it home to us how lucky we are to live in an area like this, and have such stunning scenery within walking distance.

The photo shows the view from right outside the cafe, looking north up Windermere to one of the small islands that dot the waters, the western or Claife shore, and the fells to the north and west of Ambleside. The lower hill picked out in the sunshine is Loughrigg, a 1,000 foot high summit that rises above Windermere’s northern-most shores. There are lovely walks along its flanks (through sheets of bluebells in the spring) and more steeply to its surprisingly wild and confusing top.

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