Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Cakes & Lakes

I'm back from the Lakes with a bag full of cakes!.... and a lovely weekend was had by all. Two set off an hour later than planned!... (I had scheduled for this as I have only known my friend to be on time once in the 38 years of knowing her and that was the day that she got married!) and did battle with the M25, M1 & M6, fortunately the roads were good (especially the M6 toll road - at £4.50 a car each way I don't expect that it suffers many traffic jams!) and we arrived in the breathtaking surroundings of the lake district early afternoon. We stayed in the village of Staveley at a fantastic pub here, highly recommended, rooms 'bijou' but very clean. Food & Ale also comes with high recommendation! After dumping bags we walked down to the Mill Yard to check out the location of the Cooking School. The Cookery school, bakery, Organic wine cafe & pub all are housed in an old brewery yard which backs onto a beautiful river with its own 'fish' run.

Happy that we weren't going to get lost the next day we headed back jumped in the car and headed down the road to Windermere. The first thing that you see on turning into the village is a huge sign for Lakeland, (the penny dropped then, that obviously Lakeland was born from the Lake district!).. a trolley of goodies later! these tins, fab cool bag and this cake tin were just a flavour of purchases! (only cake tin was mine!)..we drove through the 'town' and headed down towards the lake, although it was overcast it didn't distract from the view.
Day 2 dawned bright & warm after breakfast we drove down to Cook school ready for a fun filled day. We started with coffee on the decked terrace overlooking the river, i was quite happy just to sit there. We were then taken upstairs where we were met by Dale our chef for the day, who presented us with our aprons. In total there was 4 of us for the day so we got some real 1:1 teaching which was great. Our bakes for the day were; Cumberland Dream Cake, Orange & Cardamom Cake, Sticky Gingerbread and Chocolate Fudge Cake. It was a great day and I learnt lots. In between lots of baking were were cooked lunch by our chef which was amazing.
We had a really great day, the whole ambiance of the school is lovely, highly recommended for all.
Evening spent sitting in the beer garden next to the river watching the sheep graze on the bank!

Day 3 dawned bright but with rain clouds looming in the distance, a hearty breakfast had by both (in preparation of long drive ahead!) check out and a drive into Ambleside for a couple of hours before departing home. Ambleside was incredibly quaint with spectacular views of the lake. We bimbled about, fell in love with an old fashion penny sweet & chocolate cafe... mmm yummy before heading back to the car to embark on the journey home. Before jumping on the motorway we popped back into the cookery school to collect all our bakes, as they had kindly stored it for us in fridge overnight.

We left the lakes lunchtime and arrived home early evening.

I had a really lovely weekend and it certainly won't be the last time that I visit the Lake District. I have been to many parts of the UK, this was my first time in the lakes and I LYved it!

here are my Bakes & Cakes from the Lakes!

6 comments:

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Ooh your cakes look amazing!! and the tins are fabby, glad you had a lovely time.
Sophie xx

Kelly Schelske said...

Yummy! Gorgeous picts Teresa!

Hugs, Kelly

Florence and Mary said...

I could happily dive right in for a piece of the sticky gingerbread cake!

Looks like you had great fun

Victoria xx

Mrs D's Recipes For Life said...

Looks like you had such fun!
That chocolate cake looks sinful!!

Love
Kelly xx

Debbie said...

Ooooh your cakes look gorgeous!! I love the lake district, we have family there and i lived in Ambleside for 4 months between school and college (my Aunt & Uncle own The Old Court Gallery - art gallery) Im going to have to look into this bakery weekend retreat as it sounds idylic! :D

Hugs
Debbie
x

Lainy's Little Blog said...

Your cakes look amazing. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. The Lakes are such a lovely part of Britain. Lainy xx

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Cakes & Lakes

I'm back from the Lakes with a bag full of cakes!.... and a lovely weekend was had by all. Two set off an hour later than planned!... (I had scheduled for this as I have only known my friend to be on time once in the 38 years of knowing her and that was the day that she got married!) and did battle with the M25, M1 & M6, fortunately the roads were good (especially the M6 toll road - at £4.50 a car each way I don't expect that it suffers many traffic jams!) and we arrived in the breathtaking surroundings of the lake district early afternoon. We stayed in the village of Staveley at a fantastic pub here, highly recommended, rooms 'bijou' but very clean. Food & Ale also comes with high recommendation! After dumping bags we walked down to the Mill Yard to check out the location of the Cooking School. The Cookery school, bakery, Organic wine cafe & pub all are housed in an old brewery yard which backs onto a beautiful river with its own 'fish' run.

Happy that we weren't going to get lost the next day we headed back jumped in the car and headed down the road to Windermere. The first thing that you see on turning into the village is a huge sign for Lakeland, (the penny dropped then, that obviously Lakeland was born from the Lake district!).. a trolley of goodies later! these tins, fab cool bag and this cake tin were just a flavour of purchases! (only cake tin was mine!)..we drove through the 'town' and headed down towards the lake, although it was overcast it didn't distract from the view.
Day 2 dawned bright & warm after breakfast we drove down to Cook school ready for a fun filled day. We started with coffee on the decked terrace overlooking the river, i was quite happy just to sit there. We were then taken upstairs where we were met by Dale our chef for the day, who presented us with our aprons. In total there was 4 of us for the day so we got some real 1:1 teaching which was great. Our bakes for the day were; Cumberland Dream Cake, Orange & Cardamom Cake, Sticky Gingerbread and Chocolate Fudge Cake. It was a great day and I learnt lots. In between lots of baking were were cooked lunch by our chef which was amazing.
We had a really great day, the whole ambiance of the school is lovely, highly recommended for all.
Evening spent sitting in the beer garden next to the river watching the sheep graze on the bank!

Day 3 dawned bright but with rain clouds looming in the distance, a hearty breakfast had by both (in preparation of long drive ahead!) check out and a drive into Ambleside for a couple of hours before departing home. Ambleside was incredibly quaint with spectacular views of the lake. We bimbled about, fell in love with an old fashion penny sweet & chocolate cafe... mmm yummy before heading back to the car to embark on the journey home. Before jumping on the motorway we popped back into the cookery school to collect all our bakes, as they had kindly stored it for us in fridge overnight.

We left the lakes lunchtime and arrived home early evening.

I had a really lovely weekend and it certainly won't be the last time that I visit the Lake District. I have been to many parts of the UK, this was my first time in the lakes and I LYved it!

here are my Bakes & Cakes from the Lakes!

6 comments:

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Ooh your cakes look amazing!! and the tins are fabby, glad you had a lovely time.
Sophie xx

Kelly Schelske said...

Yummy! Gorgeous picts Teresa!

Hugs, Kelly

Florence and Mary said...

I could happily dive right in for a piece of the sticky gingerbread cake!

Looks like you had great fun

Victoria xx

Mrs D's Recipes For Life said...

Looks like you had such fun!
That chocolate cake looks sinful!!

Love
Kelly xx

Debbie said...

Ooooh your cakes look gorgeous!! I love the lake district, we have family there and i lived in Ambleside for 4 months between school and college (my Aunt & Uncle own The Old Court Gallery - art gallery) Im going to have to look into this bakery weekend retreat as it sounds idylic! :D

Hugs
Debbie
x

Lainy's Little Blog said...

Your cakes look amazing. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. The Lakes are such a lovely part of Britain. Lainy xx