Award for the Bakestone Café at Abbot Hall

13th March 2018News

VisitEngland praises quality food and drink.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery’s Bakestone Café has won a prestigious VisitEngland Quality Food and Drink award less than a year after reopening following Storm Desmond.

During the flooding in December 2015, water reached heights of a metre deep in what was then known as the Abbot Hall Coffee House. Following a refit during 2016, it was brought back to life as The Bakestone Café and reopened in May 2017.

The name Bakestone comes from an item which has appeared in Lakeland farmhouses for centuries. It was a staple in all Lakeland farm kitchens, used to make oatcakes, the cornerstone of the diet of the Lakeland farmer. An example of this can be seen in the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry which is located across the courtyard from Abbot Hall Art Gallery and The Bakestone.

The light, bright eatery with views over the river Kent has proved a hit with gallery visitors and now VisitEngland has named The Bakestone in its annual Visitor Attraction Accolades.

Only eight museums and galleries nationwide received the Quality Food and Drink award following the annual assessment.

James Dean, Abbot Hall General Manager, said: “It was fantastic to see The Bakestone open in May following 18 months of disruption as we recovered from Storm Desmond. We are really proud of The Bakestone which not only serves a fantastic range of speciality teas, coffees and delicious locally-sourced food, but also has a wonderful ambience.”

He continues, “People enjoy being able to see world class art in the Gallery – such as Monet’s Haystacks: Snow Effect and then being able to enjoy quality food and drink in The Bakestone.”

The Bakestone is open from 10am Monday – Saturday and serves breakfast, light bites, lunches, and home baked cakes and treats.

The seasonal menu includes a range of hot bacon rolls in the morning, fresh ciabatta sandwiches and jacket potatoes loaded with fillings at lunchtime with home baked scones, brownies and flapjack treats.

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