• Grasmere and Rydal Water

    Located in the bustling village of Grasmere we are surrounded by a number of walks for you to explore.

    On this walk come across some stunning views and landmarks of Grasmere and Rydal water. The walk takes you on The Coffin Route which was the route taken to carry the dead to St Oswald’s church in Grasmere. Grasmere is one of the most popular villages in the lakes and is home to lake poet William Wordsworth.

    Rydal water is one of the smallest lakes in the Lake District but makes up for it with its connections to lake poet William Wordsworth. Steps leading up to the lake come across ‘Wordsworth’s seat’ a favourite viewpoint of Wordsworths. The lake is tightly enclosed between the steep slopes of Loughrigg Fell and the Fairfield Forceshoe.

    For a further insight into this walk and directions please visit

    https://www.walklakes.co.uk/walk_76.html

  • An insight into Hunters Gluten Free Puddings

    One of our most popular desserts here at Greens is Hunters gluten – free sticky toffee pudding from Hunter’s Puddings. Created by Sarah Hunter in her own kitchen her gluten free puddings have won numerous awards such as ‘Cumbria Life’ magazines Best Pudding / dessert 20111/2012 and ‘delicious’ Magazines Best Gluten - free Sticky Toffee Pudding. Since starting the business in 2006 the gluten - free market has changed with more choices for those with a gluten - free diet.

    Our social media guru, Holly Goddard contacted Sarah Hunter to find out more.

    When did you start making your gluten free puddings?

    “Through my 20s whenever my friends and I got together for dinner we would each provide a course. I've always had a sweet tooth so I always bagged the dessert!”

    What is the process involved in making your puddings, is there a particular process involved?

    “We bake our puddings just as you would at home. We use specialist gluten free flour but apart from that we bake just as our grannies did! Nothing weird, just good quality, natural ingredients.”

    Hunters Sticky Toffee Pudding

    What do you enjoy most about making your puddings?

    “I've always enjoyed the creative process. When I was a child I was fascinated by how ingredients like butter, egg and flour, quite unappetising on their own, could be conjured into an amazing cake or dessert. That fascination continues to this day. I think the chemistry of it is just amazing.”

    Out of all your puddings which one is your favourite?

    “I couldn't choose one, that would be like choosing a favourite child! I think they all have their own attributes. I love going to Coeliac Fayres where we have the full range set up for tastings. Customers go from one to the next, oohing and aahing, comparing notes with their friends (and sometimes complete strangers!) deciding on which they like best. There's never an overall winner. Different puddings appeal to different people.”

    Selection of Hunters Gluten - Free Puddings

    Has the business changed at all and is there anything exciting happening?

    “The business is forever changing and evolving, and the gluten free market has changed beyond recognition from when we first started back in 2006. In September we started working with a new wholesaler based near Reading. This is enabling us to supply many of the independent delis and farm shops in the South of England - an area we've had very little coverage in until now. Already they are opening us up to a whole range of stockists - big and small - who are new to us so that's very exciting!”

    If you would like to find out more about Hunters Gluten Free Puddings visit:

    http://www.hunterspuddings.co.uk

    Enjoy Hunters Puddings here at Greens, choose from the famous sticky toffee or the delicious pear and ginger. Both served with ice cream, cream or custard. We also do our own version of the sticky toffee pudding which is gluten – free and vegan.

  • Christmas holiday Opening Hours

    We will be taking our annual Christmas break and will be closed from Tuesday 27th November until Thursday 27th December. We will be back  open on the 27th December until Sunday 6th January. May we take this opportunity to wish our all our lovely customers a very Merry Christmas. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

  • Who was William Wordsworth

    Known for its beautiful walks and breath – taking landscapes the Lake District is also famous for its connections with lake poet William Wordsworth. His connections to the lakes can be found in the bustling village of Grasmere.

    William Wordsworth was born on 7th April 1770 in a fine Georgian house in Cockermouth, which is now known as Wordsworth House. William was one of four children with two brothers and sister Dorothy.

    Wordsworth House - Home of William Wordsworth - Cockermouth

    Much of William’s childhood was spent in Cockermouth and Penrith where he attended infant school. Attending infant school with William was his soon to be wife Mary Hutchinson. William attended the Grammar School in Hawkshead, where he received encouragement from his headmaster to read and write poetry. During this time, he made regular visits to the countryside to gather inspiration from nature. Pursing his career in poetry he attended St. Johns College in Cambridge, where he received a bequest of £900. This gave him the means to pursue his chosen career.

    In 1797 the Wordsworths stayed in Alfoxden House, where they met Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey. In the years to follow a relationship between William and Coleridge grew. Soon after William and Coleridge undertook a tour of the lakes, starting at Temple Sowerby and finishing at Wasdale Head, via Grasmere. While in Grasmere they noticed Dove Cottage and an empty Inn called the Dove and Olive Branch.

    Dove Cottage - Grasmere

    Shortly after William and Dorothy moved into Dove Cottage, where they lived for the next nine years. Dorothy became William’s secretary as William dedicated his career and life to poetry. In 1802 William married Mary Hutchinson, and the first of their five children were born shortly after. The family outgrew Dove Cottage, so they moved to Allan Bank for two years, and then on to Rydal Mount.

    Allan Bank - Grasmere

    Rydal Mount - Rydal

    William died in 1850 and Marty in 1859. Both William and Mary’s tombstones can be found in the churchyard of St. Oswald’s Church in the centre of Grasmere.

    Tombstones of William and Mary Wordsworth

    Wordsworth wrote over 70,000 lines of verse which is more than 40,000 lines more than any other poet. One of his most famous poems is ‘I wondered lonely as a cloud’. The poem is commongly known as daffodils and explores the poet’s friendship with nature, and how the memory of daffodils dancing cheers him up whenever he recalls them. Other poems include ‘Composed under Westminster Bridge’, ‘London 1802’, and ‘Tintern Abbey’.

    To see more of Wordsworth’s visit https://interestingliterature.com/2017/03/06/10-of-the-best-william-wordsworth-poems-everyone-should-read/

    Most of Wandsworth’s connections to Grasmere such as Dove cottage, Allan Bank, and Wordsworth House have been turned into museums or a National Trust attraction. Feel free to explore them on your next visit to the lakes, where you will find links for them below.

    Dove Cottage: https://wordsworth.org.uk/

    Allan Bank: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere

    Wordsworth House and Garden: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house

  • 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

  • An insight into the village of Grasmere

    Located in the beautiful village of Grasmere, Greens is surrounded by some beautiful views and landmarks for you to explore. Grasmere is located in the centre of the English Lake District and sits on the River Rothay that flows into the village.

    Known for its beautiful lakes and home to lake poets the village is known as the home to William Wordsworth.  Living in Grasmere for 14 years Wordsworth described the village as the “loveliest spot that man hath found”.  Living in Dove Cottage for nine years Wordsworth wrote much of his poetry in the cottage which is known today. The cottage today has been turned into a museum which is open to visitors who can get an vivid impression of what day to day life was like for Wordsworth.

    Dove Cottage

    Keeping with tradition Grasmere celebrates a number of events throughout the year such as the Rushbearing Festival and Grasmere Sports. Both take place  every year and are celebrated by people in the village who are keen to keep the traditions alive.

    Rush maidens taking part in the Rushbearing Festival

    The Rushbearing Festival originated when rushes were laid on the church floors during the day and evening as the church floor was too earthy in the winter. We recently did a blog on the Rushbearing festival which you can look at here http://greensgrasmere.com/2018/07/12/rushbearing-festival-with-mary-bower/

    Participants taking part in Grasmere Sports

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Grasmere sports takes place in August and was first held in 1952. It is one of the most popular events in the lakes and consists of Cumberland wrestling, fell running and hound trials.

    Grasmere Is also home to the famous ‘Grasmere gingerbread’ which is made using a “secret recipe” created by Sarah Nelson. By the early nineteenth century the gingerbread was being sold as ‘fairings’ which were very popular with those living in the village. Sarah Nelson’s famous Grasmere gingerbread can be found at The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop in the village. The staff are all dressed in victorian clothes where you can buy Grasmere gingerbread and other ginger themed gifts.

    Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread

    In and surrounding the village are a number of walks and landmarks for you to explore. Grasmere Lake is one of the smaller lakes in the Lake District and gives its name to the village of Grasmere.

    Grasmere Lake

    Within walking distance from the café is a walk to Easedale Tarn. A 5.5 mile walk which is situated high in the upper valley of Easedale. To the south of the tarn is the long ridge of Blea Rigg. During Victorian times it was even more popular than it was today. A refreshment hut used to ply a good old trade but little remains now just a few scattered stones. The tarn is about 21m deep, with it's outfall tumbling down some lovely waterfalls which are situated right beside the path.

    Easedale Tarn

    Map of Easedale Tarn

    If you would like to find out more about Grasmere visit: https://www.visitcumbria.com/amb/grasmere/. We hope you enjoy your visit to Grasmere just as we do.

    Here at Greens we are open every day from 9:30am – 5pm except Thursdays. Why not pop in and see us on your next visit to the village, we’ll be waiting to serve you some refreshing beverages and homemade treats off our menu. To keep up to date with our opening hours visit  http://greensgrasmere.com/find-us-vegan-cafe/

  • Christmas Holiday Opening Hours

    We are now closed until December 27th,  when we will re-open for the Christmas holiday period. We will be open from 9:30 - 4:30 each day  from the 27th of December until January 2nd. May we take this opportunity to wish all our lovely customers a very merry Christmas.

     

  • Closed this Saturday

    Sorry we will be closed this Saturday the 15th of July as we are catering a local wedding. We will be back bright and early on Sunday as usual from 9:30 am, we look forward to seeing you then.

  • New Vegan Pudding

    Did you know that we now offer a gluten free, vegan, and regular version of our sticky toffee pudding, all available with ice cream. Don't worry we still have our fabulous vegan brownie !

  • Closed June 3rd - June 9th

    We have had to close for a few days, we will reopen on Friday June 9th at 9:30. Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.