The Gaddum Restaurant celebrated its first anniversary on another glorious spring evening at Brockhole on Thursday 25 April, by treating guests to a ‘Taste of The Gaddum’ and showcasing its Spring Afternoon Tea.
Sam Mason, Brockhole’s General Manager was joined by over seventy guests from local businesses, friends and neighbours of Brockhole, to experience a flavour of everything that has been earning The Gaddum its five star reviews from the day it opened on a similar glorious evening in April 2018.
The Gaddum has been getting rave reviews for its delicious lunch menu, but it was the The Gaddum’s Afternoon Tea that was taking centre stage this evening. The Spring Afternoon Tea featuring pretty homemade pâtisserie, finger sandwiches and oven fresh scones was showcased alongside a bespoke blended tea from The Gaddum’s tea menu, although for this special occasion it was being enjoyed with a glass of intensely fruity Prosecco.
The Gaddum’s head chef, Gerald van der Walt, uses the finest and freshest ingredients, some from Brockhole’s own heritage gardens, to create beautiful dishes for everyone to enjoy whether for a relaxed lunch, a seasonal afternoon tea or a celebratory gathering.
“I’ve worked in some of the best restaurants, but I do sometimes feel that there is a sense of exclusivity, said Gerald. I am not a big fan of that. The Gaddum is a place where people can walk in and relax straight away and feel at home”.
It’s an approach that is working. Sam Mason invited guests to make themselves at home, to take full advantage of the weather and enjoy their ‘Taste of The Gaddum’ in the Orangery and the Garden Terrace, relax in the Lounge or mingle in the Garden Dining Room.
Christian Dymond, The Dymond Guides said on leaving: We really enjoyed the evening: the setting, the weather, the food, the music, the company, all perfect. It’s such a special place and so we say, ‘Happy Birthday, The Gaddum’ and very many good wishes for the coming year.
Kerry Powell, LDNP Director of Communications and Resources said:
“We couldn’t be more delighted with how warmly The Gaddum has been received by local residents, food lovers and Brockhole visitors alike. The Gaddum now gives another reason for visitors to come to Brockhole and enjoy our magnificent setting. It has been achieved with a lot of hard work, dedication and a passion by all the Gaddum team to want to make every visitor feel welcome.
While visitors are enjoying their lunch or afternoon tea here they are also supporting the wonderful landscape of lakes, fells and mountains of England’s largest National Park, now a World Heritage Site.”
The Gaddum is taking bookings for lunch and its Spring Afternoon Tea.

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