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!