Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House is a showpiece of the twentieth century arts & crafts design movement. After spending a couple of hours looking at the sensational furniture, lighting and decoration – we are ready for lunch. Tea rooms at places like this are usually pleasant enough but our expectations are probably set at moderate.
A bottle of Lakeland Lager from the Hawkshead Brewery, a pale and golden beer made with both lager hops and malt but then, interestingly, ale rather than lager yeast. It is very good indeed.
Rock is having a warm salad of pulled ham, orange & fennel served with Puy lentils, toasted pumpkin seeds, mixed leaves, honey mustard dressing and toasted homemade bread. She is loving it – quality products, beautifully put together. I have the Cajun spiced crab potato cakes with lemon mayo and a mixed salad. The potato cakes are delicately spiced and contain plenty of crab.
We have loved looking at the house and we have loved the lunch in the Blackwell Tea Room. Indeed, our expectations may have only been moderate and the menu relatively simple, but this is probably the best meal we have had on the road trip so far!