• Loughrigg Fell

    Located in the beautiful Lake District we are lucky to be surrounded by a number of breath-taking walks such as Loughrigg Fell.

     Loughrigg Fell is on the outskirts of Ambleside and is a perfect walk for superb views over Grasmere and Rydal water. The fell is surrounded by open water and the River Rothay can be seen to the north.

    Starting in the popular town of Ambleside the walk takes you over the top of Loughrigg Fell, along the airy Loughrigg Terrace and the permissive path to Rydal Cave.

    Rydal Cave is a man made quarry which is known for its’s high quality roofing slates in the 19thcentury. The cave today is visited frequently by walkers who are advised to take care as in recent years rocks have started to fall from the ceiling. Over two hundred years ago the cave was a busy quarry known as Loughrigg Quarry.

    For a further insight into this walk, including directions please visit:

    https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_141.html

  • An insight in to Unsworths Yard Brewery

    Unsworths Yard Brewery first opened in 2012 by brothers Peter and David Unsworth which is located in the beautiful village of Cartmel. The yard that gives the brewery its name was developed by the brothers from their family’s haulage and garage business which had previously operated on site, opposite Cartmel Priory since 1922.

    Unsworths Yard Brewery

    The brewery operates an all – stainless steel plant which produces enough beer to supply casks for house beers, to a number of Cartmel Peninsula pubs. A high proportion of the beer produced is bottled for distribution to a very small and select group of local retailers and restaurants including Green’s.  If you would like to sample one of the beers the brewery operates an ‘open – door’ policy which welcomes visitors every day to its small tap room bar where beer can be bought or sampled in full view of the brewery vessels and process.

    Our social media guru, Holly Goddard contacted Peter from Unsworth’s Yard Brewery to find out more.

    Peter Unsworth

    What made you want to run and start the brewery?

    “In 2010 my brother, David, and I opened Unsworth’s Yard, a small development in Cartmel. The yard had been our family garage and haulage business. After seeing the yard buildings filled, very successfully, by Cartmel Cheeses, a bakery, David’s wine shop and JCA Architects, we decided to add a small brewery in to the last vacant unit. We bought some kit and I started making beer.”

    How long have you been running the brewery?

    “We brewed our first beer in January 2012 and have now produced well over half a million pints of great beer from what is a pretty tiny space.”

    What is involved in making the perfect beer?

    “Quality kit; the best ingredients, including good water; a brewing process that doesn’t compromise for the sake of speed or cost; and, like anything creative, plenty of love.”

    The brewhouse - Unsworths Yard Brewery

    What do you enjoy making the beers and running the brewery?

    “I’ve always worked in manufacturing and I’ve always wanted to run my own business. Here, we are right in front of our customers. Our beer is being served in our bar as we are working in the brewery so we have no hiding place, our beer always has to be top-class and we love consistently achieving that.”

    Out of all Unsworth's Yard Brewery beers, which one is your favourite?

    “Ha ha, can’t have a favourite I love them all. However, Last Wolf is a bit special – a beer with proper character.”

    What do you enjoy most about living in Cartmel?

    “I’ve lived in Cartmel all my life and doubt I’ll live anywhere else. It’s thriving as a result of hard work and investment, by lots of business owners, but the things that make it really special are still the Priory, Cartmel Races, the village schools, the beautiful Cartmel Valley countryside and the feeling that this remains a unique place.”

    You can enjoy Unsworth’s Yard Brewery beers here at Greens which have been paired with some of our most popular dishes off our menu.  Choose from ‘Land of Cartmel’, ‘Cartmel Peninsula’, ‘The Last Wolf’, ‘Crusader Gold’ or ‘The Flookburgh Cockler’.  We look forward to seeing your pairing on your next visit.

    To find out more about Unsworths Yard Brewery and their beers visit https://www.unsworthsyard.co.uk/

  • Launchy Gill

    Take in the sounds of a cascading waterfall with a walk to Launchy Gill waterfall.

     This is short walk to the waterfalls of Launchy Gill on the west side of Thirlmere reservoir. Thirlmere reservoir is home to Thirlmere lake which was originally two small lakes after it was purchased in 1889. Since then the area has had a dam which has led Thirlmere to become one vast resovior. In the process the settlements of Armboth and Wythburn were submerged with only one building remaining.

    The best time to see Launchy Gill is after a heavy down pour of rain where the water cascades down the waterfall. Although do take care as the stones and path can become slippery in wet conditions.

    In more calm conditions the waterfall and the surrounding landscape would be a good place to explore. Just after the bridge higher on the hill side is an interesting looking boulder that is known as ‘The Tottling Stone’. The stone stands out from the tress and is well known to those who visit Thirlmere and its reservoir.

    For a further insight into this walk, including directions please visit:

    https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_95.html

     

     

  • Alcock Tarn

    Located in the beautiful Lake District we are lucky to be surrounded by a number of breath-taking walks such as Alcock Tarn.

    A short and steep walk the tarn is located high above the fells. The tarn lies behind a small crag called Grey Crag perched on the other side of Grasmere. While walking in the fells it isn’t unusual to come across crags.

    Alcock tarn is just 2m deep which is shallow compared to other tarns within the lakes. Originally known as Butter Crags Tarn it was enlarged in Victorian times by Mr Alcock of Hollins in Grasmere who stocked the tarn with brown trout.

    Getting to Alcock Tarn can be difficult in some places but worthwhile when reaching the summit. The walk passes some stunning views and landmarks such as The Wordsworth Trust Shop and Dove Cottage. Both the shop and the cottage are dedicated to the life and work of poet William Wordsworth.

    For a further insight into this walk, including directions please visit:

    https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_73.html

  • Why does our vegan ice cream taste so good?

    Love our vegan ice cream, ever wondered why it tastes so good?

    Our customers love our vegan ice cream which has become a popular dessert here at Greens. Our philosophy is that anyone can enjoy vegan food, so we take pride in ensuring our vegan offerings are delicious and tasty.

    Our vegan ice cream comes from Northern Bloc who only use natural ingredients and abstain from using any animal products. Choose from our four flavours chocolate and orange, strawberry and yuzu, Madagascan vanilla or hazelnut and rose.

    Enjoy your choice of flavours in an vegan ice cream cone or in a Greens vegan ice cream sundae.

    Greens Ice Cream Sundae

    Greens vegan ice cream sundae with vegan meringue

    About Northern Bloc 

    Northern Bloc only use natural ingredients in their ice cream. They believe that having a dietary requirement shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on taste or quality.

    Using traditional flavours while adding a modern twist, Northern Bloc are always staying true to the principal of using the best natural ingredients. They take great care in responsibly sourcing the best natural ingredients for their ice cream. Abstaining from using additives, colourings, emulsifiers or artificial flavourings their ice cream is suitable for those with a gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diet.

    This is seen in the ingredients used in the flavours listed above. For example Strawberry and Yuzu contains ingredients such as water, strawberry puree, sugar and rice syrup.

    To see the full list of ingredients used in Northern Bloc vegan ice cream visit:

    https://northern-bloc.com/flavours/

    Using a modern recipe developed by their chef for over ten years their ice creams and sorbets are super smooth and ready to scoop straight out of the freezer. Their vegan ice cream range is great tasting with indulgent textures and only uses responsibly - sourced and natural ingredients. Their new vegan range embodies everything their core range stands for; great tasting, indulgent textures and bold flavours using only responsibly - sourced, natural ingredients, never anything artificial.

    If you would like to find out more about Northern Bloc and their ice cream visit:

    https://northern-bloc.com/

    Don’t just take our word for it why not pop in and give it a try. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

  • More of us our choosing Vegan

    More and more of us are choosing to go vegan which we have noticed here at Greens. Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of either the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan.

    Over the years there has been a rise in people choosing to go Vegan. The most recent survey conducted in the UK found that over 542,000 people are following a vegan diet, an increase of more than 3.5 times the number of vegans over the past decade, making Veganism one of Britain's fastest growing lifestyle movements. The rise in Veganism is due to more young people making more compassionate and ethical life choices. More and more big eating chains are offering more vegan options as well as abstaining from using animal products in their foods.

    Studies have shown that choosing a vegan diet can also benefit your health. Whole vegan diets are generally higher in certain nutrients providing more fibre, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. They have a tendency to reduce your calorie intake, making them effective in promoting weight loss. The diet reduces the risks of developing certain health problems such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease. If you suffer from arthritis studies have shown that vegan diets based on probiotic-rich whole foods can significantly decrease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. As well as reducing the risks of certain diseases a vegan diet can reduce the onset of a migraine.

    Here at Greens, we have seen a rise in customers asking for vegan dishes. Our philosophy is that anyone can enjoy vegan food, so we take pride in ensuring our vegan offering is delicious and tasty. If its breakfast and scrambled tofu, or a full-on main meal of toad out of the hole complete with vegan yorkies, or just a snack or lovely vegan ice cream sundae you're after  Green's is the place to go in Grasmere. Aga makes delicious vegan meringues that mere mortals think are the real thing!

    Greens vegan ice cream sundae

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    Greens Vegan Toad out of the hole

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    Greens Vegan breakfast

    Our vegan ice cream comes from Swedish glacé, Northen Bloc and Food Heaven who all abstain from using animal products. Choose from strawberry and yuzu, chocolate and orange, or Madagascan vanilla. All available on a vegan ice cream cone or as part of a vegan ice cream sundae with homemade vegan meringues and chocolate brownie.

    Pop in and see what vegan treats take your fancy here at Greens, or take a look at our menu here: http://greensgrasmere.com/gluten-free-cafe-grasmere/. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

  • Rushbearing Festival with Mary Bower

    Our social media guru, Holly Goddard met up with local resident Mary Bower to find out more about the annual Grasmere  Rushbearing Festival.  Rushbearing has been celebrated in the village since 1860. It is a tradition that is celebrated every year by those living in the village who are keen to keep the tradition going.

    The Rushbearing Festival originated when rushes were laid on the church floors during the day and evening as the ground was too earthy in the winter. Celebrating Rushbearing is an ancient custom of strewing the seats with rushes, which was annually done the day after the rector had gathered his tithe wool.

    Old church with rushes on the ground

    Chruch service

    During the procession, children carry traditional bearings made by themselves, every year the bearings are different, depending on the flowers available. Just before the procession moves off, the children who have a bearing are given a five pence coin to exchange for a piece of Grasmere gingerbread. With the procession moving nearer the rush maidens appear in their green and white dresses. The rush maidens are chosen up to the age of eleven and can only be a rush maiden for two years.  The rush maidens carry the rush sheet and are positioned with one in each corner and one each side in the center.

    Rush maidens in their green and white dresses

    Joining the rush bearers are a band , the procession cross, woven with gold helenium flowers. Next comes seven of the traditional bearings from the rectory grounds, the choir, clergy, Churchwardens, and bishop. Then comes St. Oswald’s banner and the children circling the maypole held by an older girl. Followed by a band playing Jimmy Dawson’s March and Owen Lloyd’s hymn. Although there is a set order for the procession everyone can join in providing they have a bearing they have made themselves.

    Children with the maypole

    Rushbearing Festival procession

    Over the years many people in the village have contributed to the festival by making small bearings, including Mary herself. Below is a simple flower design with the words ‘HOPE RULES A LAND FOR EVER GREEN’ in cross stitch made by Mary using flowers and thread.

    Our kitchen assistant Rebeca has been a rush maiden for the Rushbearing festival, we felt this would be a good opportunity to get a picture of both Mary and Rebecca who have both been involved in the festival.

    After the observance of St. Oswald the children collect their bearings and proceed to the school field for a version of the world famous Grasmere Sports. This consists of flat races, Cumbrian wrestling and even a mini fell race. Certificates and trophies are presented to all the children who have a tea ticket which are provided with an enormous feast and a piece of Grasmere gingerbread.

    Mary has lived in Grasmere since 1966 so we felt this would be a good opportunity to ask her what she enjoyed about living in the village. “The village is lovely and I am very lucky to be close to such beautiful views of the fells”.

    Stunning view of the fells from Mary's back garden

  • Summer Opening Hours

    The number of days we are open for the summer season is increasingand look forward to welcoming you in for a drink or a bite to eat. We  are in the process of changing our menu to reflect the season so check back here soon for an update.  Can't wait to see you all on the following days:

    Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Thursday Closed

    Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

     

     

  • Good luck Rob - Windermere Marathon

    This Sunday we will be closed and supporting Rob who will be taking part in the ASICS Windermere Marathon in support of the Brathay Trust. Over the last couple of months Rob has been busy training and preparing for what lies ahead. keep an eye on our facebook page as we will be reporting live from the event.

    Founded in 1946, Brathay supports and improves the life choices and well being of young people and their families. Focusing on engagement, development and leadership, Brathay supports young people to develop, become more confident, and improve on their strengths. Brathays approach is underpinned by Awareness, Choice and Action. This approach allows young people to unlock their potential, be aware, make the right choices and take action to benefit themselves and others.

    To find out more about Brathay and the amazing work they do visit https://www.brathay.org.uk.

    If you would like to support Rob you can visit his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robin-stuart or come and cheer him on at the marathon taking part this Sunday. To find out more about the event and how to show your support visit https://www.brathay.org.uk/events/asics-windermere-marathon.

    The money raised through Green’s for Brathay is going towards Brathay’s Martin Campbell Memorial Fund, which is funding mental health projects for vulnerable young people. Last month we had the honor of being part of a really positive response to a very sad situation. Following the death of Matt Campbell Rob took part in finishing the last 3.7 miles for Matt at Brathay Hall. I’m sure both Martin and Matt would be very proud.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our lovely customers who have supported Rob in his efforts.

     

     

  • Thank you for your support

    Julia, Karen’s sister, has been busy making some more of her cute fluffy chicks, robins, bunnies and sheep to fundraise for Hospice UK.

    Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care. They champion and support the work of more than 200 member organisations, which provide hospice care across the UK. This enables them to deliver the highest quality of care to people with terminal or life-limiting conditions, while supporting their families.

    ‘Hospice UK have been a great support to my lovely mum. Although it has been a difficult time for my mum and our family, they have been there every step of the way. My mum would like to give something back as she feels they have given her a lot of support over the course of her treatment . Myself and my mum would like to thank them for their amazing support.
    - Holly Goddard, Julia’s daughter

    Thanks again to all our lovely costumers.

    Fluffy Animals