We’re very proud of our region, and of the people who work so hard to create all kinds of fabulous experiences for visitors and locals alike. As local people ourselves, we’ve spent years exploring the Lake District’s finest food and drink, the most exciting attractions, the best shopping experiences and most exhilarating organised outdoor adventures.
We love sharing that knowledge with you!
Lakelovers Recommends is our way of helping you save money on the very best the Lake District has to offer, and introduce you to some amazing experiences. We’ve hand-picked a selection of local delights and negotiated exclusive discounts and offers that will give your holiday budget a boost.
Ambleside Adventure presents the Ambleside Climbing Wall. This huge wall is perfect for all experience levels and has new routes set periodically by the staff. When it’s too wet to be outdoors, this is a great way for all the family to have fun in the Lake District!
Lakelovers Recommends: 10% off pre-booked, supervised sessions and 10% off shop products*. Open 7 days a week, sessions run daily from 10am to 5.30pm (approx).
We Love: the friendly, relaxed atmosphere. www.amblesideadventure.co.uk/ambleside-wall
The Salutation Spa is the perfect place for some relaxation and you-time. The gym and swimming pool offer the perfect “get fit” option but if that sounds too much like hard work you can enjoy a massage or beauty treatment in our luxurious spa instead.
Lakelovers Recommends: An exclusive 1-day rate for all our guests gives entry into the swimming pool and spa for just £18. (treatments are extra). Select your exclusive one day pass from the optional extras box in our checkout, or you can contact our customer services team on 015394 88855.
We Love: the central Ambleside location.
Serving the finest Thai Cuisine since 2000, Doi Intanon has become one of the most respected Thai restaurants in the Lake District. Fresh ingredients, coupled with masterful preparation by their Thai Chef, means that you can experience the wonderful flavours of the very best in authentic Thai cuisine right in the heart of Ambleside.
Lakelovers Recommends: 10% off all food. Call Doi Intanon to book on 015394 32119 and mention LLR when booking.
This swanky Bar & Grill restaurant at the Waterhead Hotel in Ambleside is perfect for casual dining. The food is created give you a taste of the Lake District and all the ingredients are sourced from local producers. The Bar & Grill at Waterhead is open for dinner from 6.30pm – 9.30pm.
We Love: The view over the lake
Lakelovers Recommends: 10% off food for dining parties up to 9 people when showing your Lakelovers Recommends Card. Pre-booking is essential and mention LLR upon booking. Reservations are subject to availability. Call 015394 32566 to reserve a table.
Fancy a night in but don’t want to cook? Order a delicious Sourdough Pizza delivered to your door… This isn’t just any takeaway – handmade sourdough thin crust pizzas, fresh pasta and scrumptious puddings are made to order from local ingredients and delivered to you at your Lakelovers holiday cottage.
The Sourdough Pizza Co has even been recommended by the BBC Good Food Magazine.
We love: Their handmade Salted Caramel Brownies.
Lakelovers Recommends: Quote Lakelovers when ordering & take 15% off. Delivery covers Langdale, Grasmere, Windermere and Hawkshead. Call 015394 31127 to place your order, www.thesourdoughpizzaco.co.uk
Cartmel is the home of Sticky Toffee pudding, and Cartmel Village Shop has a wonderful selection of cakes and treats made exclusively in the Lake District. We love their array of delicious puddings, Toffee Sauce and other yummy treats.
We Love: The Cartmel Village umbrella on sale here, perfect for those rainy days!
Lakelovers Recommends: Spend £20 at the Cartmel Village Shop and receive a FREE Tea or Coffee voucher when you show your Lakelovers key fob at the till.
The Wordsworth Spa is a haven of tranquility where you can escape everyday life and take time for yourself. Enjoy the large indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi as you look out over the beautiful hotel gardens. Surrounded by the stunning Lakeland fells, The Wordsworth Spa is also the perfect place to relax after a hard days walk in the hills!
Lakelovers Recommends: Select the Wordsworth Spa in our Optional Extras list and enjoy a 3 or 5-day spa pass. Choose your pass during the checkout process and leave the rest to us! Prices start from just £25 for a 3-day pass.
Home to one of the Lake District’s most prestigious artists, writers & social commentators, John Ruskin, Brantwood is a chance to step back in time. This beautiful lakeside residence is home to many of Ruskin’s possessions, and has stunning walks through the formal flower gardens to rambling woods which take you high onto the fells behind the house. Keep an eye out for the musical stones which will keep the little ones entertained. You can also arrive by boat from Coniston Boat Landings which is an absolute treat.
We Love: The breathtaking views over Coniston Water. Plus Kids go free – always!
Lakelovers Recommends: Get two tickets for the price of one when you show your Lakelovers key-fob. www.brantwood.org.uk
In the heart of Hawkshead, Poppi Red has a great range of gifts and ideas for your home. The cafe is warm and welcoming and sells a great range of cakes and pastries.
Lakelovers Recommends: Spend over £20 in the fantastic Poppi Red shop and nip through to the cafe afterwards to get a delicious cake for free.
The Hawkshead Relish Company is an artisan producer of award-winning preserves based in the historic village of Hawkshead in the heart of the English Lake District. Their huge range of relishes, pickles and preserves are handmade in small batches using traditional open pans and locally sourced ingredients, without any artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives. All are free from nuts and gluten and suitable for vegetarians and they taste amazing!
Lakelovers Recommends: 10% Discount on all Hawkshead Relish preserves at the Hawkshead Relish shop in Hawkshead Village – please present your Lakelovers key fob upon purchase.
We Love: Their Black Garlic Ketchup. Unbelievable flavours which goes with everything www.hawksheadrelish.com
Kong Adventure is a great place to head to on a rainy day. There’s a spacious climbing wall, offering lead, top rope and bouldering options. Illuminated, themed climbing walls adorn the kids’ section, “The Krazy Kong” and for little ones, there’s a huge indoor hard play are, complete with tunnels and a dragon. Kong Adventure also offer regular outdoor climbing sessions, or ghyll scrambles. The cafe has a full selection of coffee, cakes, snacks and they even host Kids Birthday parties.
Lakelovers Recommends: Get 10% off all indoor and outdoor activities when you show your Lakelovers key fob. www.kongadventure.com
Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the English Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem. Seventy years on from its demolition, Lowther Castle is now one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. Dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, an adventure playground to rival the best in the land. For visitors young and old (and four-legged), Lowther Castle offers plenty to enjoy.
Lakelovers Recommends: 10% off admission into the Castle and gardens when they present their Lakelovers key fob at the ticket desk.
We Love: The many different festivals and events held here from fireworks, to Crafty Vintage.
Theatre by the Lake is the only theatre in the Lake District which hosts a 12 month season with their own in-house company! From comedy to thrillers and everything in between, there’s sure to be something that takes your fancy even if you are not normally a theatre-goer.
Lakelovers Recommends: Get £3 off each ticket when you book online with your unique Lakelovers 5 digit code which can be found in your pre-arrival email.
We Love: the location on the shores as Derwentwater.
These historic vessels make for a wonderful day out exploring this serene and beautiful lake. Step aboard these beautiful steamboats and enjoy a leisurely tour around the lake to see some of the most beautiful views in the Lake District.
Lakelovers Recommends: Purchase a full ‘round the lake’ pass at Ullswater Steamers or a ‘full line’ return at the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway to receive a 50% off voucher to visit the sister attraction on another day. The choice is yours! 017684 82229.
We Love: Gliding along the lake and watching the iconic red steam chimneys.
Magnificently set in the secluded splendour of 400 acres of deer park and woodland, bordered by the calming waters of Bassenthwaite Lake and framed by the dramatic Skiddaw Mountain and Lake District Fells, Armathwaite Hall Hotel is as romantic as the surrounding countryside. One of the original stately homes of England and a wonderful luxury hotel in the Lake District with a fantastic brasserie and Spa.
Lakelovers Recommends: We have negotiated three fantastic offers for our guests to enjoy
– 10% off food at the Courtyard Bar and Brasserie at Armathwaite Hall Hotel – Call 017687 76551 to book.
– Relax at The Spa with a 10% discount on pre-booked Spa days! – Call 017687 88900 to book.
– Go wild at The Lake District Wildlife Park (owned by Armathwaite Hall Hotel) where one child goes free per paying adult! Call 017687 76239 to book.
On the outskirts of Penrith, the Rheged Centre is a Cinema, Exhibition Centre and Play Area all in one! This rambling complex is perfect for a family outing and is sure to keep you entertained throughout the day with the latest films, workshops and activities.
Lakelovers Recommends: Enjoy 10% off food and drink in 1 of our 3 cafes; 10% off shopping and receive 2 for 1 on films and play areas. Call Rheged on 01768 868 000 for more information.
We Love: The Cumbrian food delis and shops.
Venture out with your Skipper on a private tour of one of the UK’s most famous lakes. When you board the elegant Sealine Pleasure Cruiser be prepared for a Lake District Tour with a difference – you can plan your own itinerary, select the length of your cruise and even enjoy complimentary soft-drinks and nibbles (you can bring your own alcohol and/or picnic if you prefer). A perfect way to give your holiday a stylish lift and with the affordable prices on offer, there’s a reason to treat yourself!
Lakelovers Recommends: Enjoy special discounts on 1½ and 2-hour cruises when you quote Lakelovers and your Lakelovers booking reference. Tours can be tailored to individual needs and prices for longer cruises can be negotiated directly with Darren. Call VIP Lake Cruises on 015394 68178. www.mylakecruise.co.uk
Step into the stories of Beatrix Potter with this all-immersive walk-through experience. Meet Peter Rabbit and all his friends as you travel through the Lake District in miniature, using all five senses to whisk you off to Victorian times when Beatrix Potter wrote her beautiful little books. Keep an eye out for the Peter Rabbit Garden, a magical little place which won a Gold Award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2015!
Lakelovers Recommends: adult admission for £6.95 (£1 off) and child admission for £3.45 (£0.50 off) This offer is only valid on standard admission and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or special event. Show your key fob.
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House is part of the renowned Lakeland Arts, specialising in bringing great works of Art to the Lake District. This beautiful house in Bowness-on-Windermere, overlooking the lake, has exhibitions all year round and has an incredible programme of local and national art on display.
Lakelovers Recommends: You can get 2 for 1 adult admission when you present your Lakelovers key fob at the Ticket Office. Adult Gift Aid admission: £7.95. Call 015394 46139 or visit www.blackwell.org.uk
We Love: you can play the piano in the Great Hall at Blackwell.
Windermere Lake Cruises is your ticket to travelling seamlessly around the largest lake in Britain! With stops in Bowness, Ambleside, Lakeside, Wray Castle and Brockhole, you can keep yourself entertained throughout the day with just one ticket.
Lakelovers Recommends: Treat yourself to a Freedom of the Lake pass & enjoy 24 hours of unlimited boat travel. We’ve negotiated some exclusive rates on these tickets for our guests. Purchase your lake pass in optional extras when you book your holiday and simply present your voucher at any pier to explore England’s largest lake for 10% less.
The Old Laundry is the little theatre that thinks big – bringing the best of World entertainment to Bowness-on-Windermere! Book your tickets to see the best in large and small touring productions and musical entertainment anywhere in the Lake District. There is also an in-house dinner menu if you don’t fancy cooking at your cottage (this must be booked at least 24 hours in advance) Check out their website to book your tickets!
Lakelovers Recommends: The Old Laundry Theatre gives Lakelovers key fob holders a FREE ICE CREAM with every ticket
(Please note this is for Auditorium performances only, Laundrama events are not included in this offer)
Affectionately named La’al Ratty, meaning Little Railway, this attraction is a real Lake District gem! Hop on the beautiful steam train which runs one of the oldest narrow gauge railways in Britain and enjoy a trip through the beautiful Eskdale Valley.
Lakelovers Recommends: Purchase a full rail pass you get 50% off at the Railway’s sister attraction, Ullswater Steamers, to use on another day!
Kankku is the ultimate in 4-wheeled experiences. Take to the fells to see them in a completely new way when you battle mud, rocks and boulders on your off-road adventure in the Lake District.
Lakelovers Recommends: Book a Kankku off-road expedition and get £50 off a new Kankku self-drive safari. Call to book 015394 47414.
This independent Bowness Restaurant and Bar mixes urban style with rural charm. Urban Food House offers a delicious array of choice, from pizzas and burgers to more sophisticated dishes like Roasted beetroot and Goats Cheese salad and Roasted Rack of Lamb From. Its wood-panelled walls, rough wood tables and mouth-watering menu and an array of light-bites make this the place to be if you’re looking for good food, rural character and a hint of towny glamour.
Lakelovers Recommends: Get 10% off your bill anytime Monday to Sunday except for New Year’s Eve, New Years Day and Easter Weekend.
The only establishment in Windermere to overlook the Fells, The Smith, a cosy DOG-FRIENDLY coffee shop and bar, is a lot bigger than it looks. With a cosy wood-burner and fairy lights glowing softly in the rafters, you feel completely removed from Windermere’s busy streets and the endless stream of traffic. The Smith is a short walk from the station, close to Booths Supermarket. It is the perfect place to stop for a coffee (or something stronger) and a spot of lunch. Whether you’re on your way to pick up some shopping or just want to enjoy a spectacular view without venturing onto the fells, The Smith is definitely one to visit.
Lakelovers Recommends: Get 10% off your order at The Smith when you show your Lakelovers key fob.
The Wild Boar Grill & Smokehouse has long been a favourite amongst Lake District restaurants. Expect character in abundance, with traditional dishes being cooked using the best local produce in The Wild Boar’s modern open kitchen. Oak-beamed and cosy by candlelight, the Grill & Smokehouse embraces a passion for tradition and excellence; from head chef Miroslav Likus making full use of Lakeland’s natural larder to the regularly changing menu.
Lakelovers Recommends: 10% off food for parties up to 9 people, dining, when you present your Lakelovers Recommends 2013 Card. Advanced booking is essential and the Lakelovers card must be mentioned upon booking. Reservations are subject to availability. Call 015394 45225 to reserve a table.
With a fascinating history as a centre of the spice trade, Cumbrian cuisine has a rich heritage, and local specialities have long included exotic spices with favourites such as Cumberland sausage, potted shrimps, Grasmere gingerbread, and of course, sticky toffee pudding. The laid-back Gilpin Spice has an open kitchen serving tapas-style pan-Asian dishes inspired by countries along the spice trail – spanning the Philippines, the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and China.
Lakelovers Recommends: 10% off lunch Monday-Thursday excluding the festive period, bank holidays and Valentine’s day. Tables are subject to availability and advanced booking is highly recommended. Call 015394 88818 or go online to book.
Huttons has been around since 1901, making exquisite handmade chocolates, truffles and fudge on its own premises. With over 100 years of history this chocolate shop not only produces delightful treats to tantalise anyone’s taste buds but also has an unshakable reputation for using the finest ingredients and producing luxuriously rich products.
Lakelovers Recommends: Get 10% off your sweet treats when you show your Lakelovers key fob card at the till.
These independent wine stores supply the finest wines, champagnes, whiskeys and spirits to enjoy in your Lakelovers Cottage. Keep an eye out for the special spirits from the Lakes Distillery.
Lakelovers Recommends: 10% off all wine: To make your Lake District holiday truly perfect, relax with a bottle of wine from Windermere and Ambleside Wine Stores. With over 600 wines from which to choose, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 015394 46891.
Glo Pamper is a mobile spa service delivering a range of affordable holistic massage and beauty treatments to guests staying in stylish holiday homes in the Lake District. Choose your own indulgent, tailor-made package and enjoy a truly luxurious experience in the comfort of your Lakelovers holiday cottage.
Lakelovers Recommends: Enjoy Glo Pamper packages when you stay at a Lakelovers cottage.
Go to the Glo Pamper website for more details.
Mountain Goat Tours is the #1 Lake District tour specialist with 40+ years of experience. They pride themselves on their choice of exciting and inspiring tours. Choose a half-day or full-day tour to discover new corners of the Lake District. Or visit favourite destinations all from the comfort of a chauffer-driven mini-bus! Tours include the Ten Lakes Spectacular, Beatrix Potter’s Favourite Countryside, Six Lakes in a Morning, Private Hire Tours and much much more. Tour availability depends on season and weather.
Lakelovers Recommends: Get 10% off all Mountain Goat Tours when you use the special code in your pre-arrival email or show your Lakelovers Recommends key fob at the Windermere Tourist Information Centre.