• Re-opening Saturday July 18th

    Re-opening Saturday 18th July

     

    We look forward to getting back to what we love to do and welcoming you back on our very own “Super Saturday” 18th July. Watch this space for further updates

  • COVID 19 Update

    Hello from all of us here at Greens, we hope you are all safe and well. The government has lifted some of the lockdown restrictions, however, concerns remain locally about the relatively high rate of COVID 19 infections here in Cumbria.  The message from The National Park , Cumbria Tourism and our wonderful Mountain Rescue Teams remains  “Please do not travel here just yet.”

    We are left with a decision about whether to open now in some capacity or not.  To weigh up the pressures we feel on us now to get back to work and our responsibilities to our staff, the local community and you our customers.  Our priority throughout this pandemic has been to trust our instincts and do what we think is right.  That’s why we decided to close the restaurant as soon as the general public were advised to avoid them and not wait until the government decided to order all restaurants to close.  It’s also why we have been topping up the wages of all our staff on furlough so they and their families have not suffered financially from the closure.

     

    We do not feel that it sits right for us to envisage opening in any capacity for the moment.  We need to put the safety of everyone first.

     

    We are busy making plans for what we can do when everyone here feels it is right to reopen and safe for everyone.  It’s been a long eight weeks.  We have missed seeing you all and you are often in our thoughts.  Thanks for all your kind messages and we look forward to welcoming you back when the time is right; sadly it’s not just yet.

     

    Stay safe and best wishes

    Rob & Karen

  • March Opening Hours

    We will be open Friday  -  Tuesday  from 9:30 in the morning , closed Wednesday and Thursdays in March.

  • Opening Hours

    We are looking forward to re -opening on Friday February 7th from 9:30am. Our February opening hours are as follows: 9;30 am -4:30 pm

    Friday February 7th - Tuesday February 12th

    Friday February 14th - Wednesday February 19th

    Friday February 20th - Tuesday February 25th

    Friday February 28th - Tuesday March 3rd

  • CastleRigg Stone Circle

    Castlerigg

    Location: Keswick

    Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the most visually impressive prehistoric monuments in England and is one of our oldest stone circles. Every year thousands of visitors come to see the stone circle asking why and when it was built.

    The circle comprises 38 free standing stones some of which are up to 3 metres high dating back to the Neolithic period around 4000 to 5000 years ago. Inside the circle are three stone axes which are made from volcanic stone quarried in the fells during the same period. The main purpose of the site is unknown but there are a couple of suggestions. It could have been used as a trading post, a meeting place for social gatherings, a site for religious ceremonies and rituals or an astronomical observatory with the stones being aligned to the sun, moon and stars.

    In 1913 the site was acquired by the National Trust through efforts by Canon Rawnsley and is maintained by English Heritage.

    Standing on the top of a low hill above Keswick it is well worth a visit with beautiful views across to Skiddaw, Blencathra and Lonscale Fell.

  • Saving the red squirrels of the Lake District

    While visiting Grasmere you may have spotted a number of red squirrels running in and around the village.

    Once a popular sight and the only native species in England, red squirrels have suffered a major decline. Since the introduction of the grey squirrel, red squirrels have dropped from around three and half million to an estimated one hundred and twenty thousand.

    Helping to protect the red squirrels are the Grasmere Red Squirrel Group, who work with Allan Bank to make Allan Bank their ideal home. Supplementing the red squirrel’s diet, Allan Bank puts out monkey nuts and sunflower seeds every morning into their special feeders. They help to monitor the population and keep an eye out for any sick or injured squirrels.

    As well as the Grasmere Red Squirrel Group, there are a number of groups in and surrounding Cumbria all with the same purpose to ‘protect the red squirrel’.

    To find your nearest group visit:

    http://www.northernredsquirrels.org.uk/nrs-groups/cumbria-groups/

    To find out more or to see how you can show your support visit:

    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/appeal/support-red-squirrels-in-the-lake-district

     

  • Otters in the Lake District

    Otters are considered to be England’s top predator, masterful at catching a variety of prey including fish and small birds. These semi – aquatic mammals are usually spotted playing in the rivers with their thick fur protecting them from the cold waters. Their webbed feet, dense fur (to keep them warm) and ability to close their eyes and nose underwater makes them well suited to life In the water. Otters have their cubs in underground burrows known as a ‘holt’. Excellent and lithe swimmers, cubs are introduced and adjusted to the water by 10 weeks of age. The length of an otter is 90cm with a tail of 45cm and has an average life span of up to 10 years.

    Otter

    During the last century otters faced extinction, but their numbers have steadily increased due to the clear up of waterways, certain pesticides being banned, and conservation projects being set up.

    Otters can often be seen playing in the rivers that feed the lakes such as Derwentwater near Keswick. There have also been other sightings including the River Kent by Kendal and around Lake Windermere.

  • Bowness-on-Windermere

    9.2 miles away

    Walking distance: 3hr 5 mins

    Buses: Grasmere Centre to Bowness Pier – 599 or 555 every 20 minutes

    Bowness–on–Windermere lies on the shore of Lake Windermere, halfway between Waterhead at the north end and Lakeside at the south end. The town was developed after the opening of the railway line from Oxenholme and Kendal to Windermere in 1847 as Bowness was the nearest accessible point on the lake. Now the town is a popular tourist attraction with sailing and watersports available to enjoy. For those wanting to relax, the pier has some stunning scenery of the lake and Cumbrian fells.

    Within in the town, Victorian influence can be seen with large residences overlooking the lake. In the late 19th century wealthy businessmen from Lancashire built large houses overlooking the lake which have now been converted into hotels. The Belsfield Hotel that overlooks Bowness Bay was once home to Henry Schneider, Chairman of the Barrow Steelworks. St Martin’s Church is the parish Church of Bowness and is also worth a visit. The area behind the church is the oldest part of Bowness with a delightful web of narrow streets known as Lowside. The streets give visitors and residents an idea of what the village was like before the railway.

  • Rydal

    Walking distance: 2.2 miles - 47 minutes

    Rydal is a small village that lies along the main road between Ambleside and Grasmere. Rydal was originally part of Grasmere until it gained parish status in 1826. The name Rydal comes from the Old Norse meaning ‘valley where rye was grown’.

    Rydal Water lies between Nab Scar and Loughrigg Fell and is one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District at 3/4 of a mile long. However, it remains very popular because of its connections to poet William Wordsworth. Wordsworth and his family lived in Rydal Hall till his death in 1850. The rash field next to the churchyard is known as 'Dora's Field', named after Wordsworth's daughter, Dora. Daffodils have been planted in the field in memory of Dora, who died in 1847.

  • Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling

    Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling is a traditional sport that takes place during summer shows across the National Park. It was initially bought over by the Vikings and the earliest recorded match was in 1785 in Windermere near to Rawlinson’s Nab.

    Wrestlers taking part wear the traditional costume of white long johns, embroided velvet trunks and a white vest. The wrestlers ‘tekk hod’ – take hold and grasp each other with their chin on the other’s shoulder. The first person to touch the ground with any part of their body, apart from the soles of their feet is the loser. The contest is judged on the best of three falls, where breaking hold is the equivalent of a fall.