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“The restaurant is now open to the public in the evening at weekends.”

Swallows and Amazons Tearoom & Restaurant at Bank Ground Farm
Ranked #9 of 19 Restaurants in Coniston
Price range: US$5 - US$34
Cuisines: Cafe, British, Fusion, Healthy, Gastropub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, View, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The Swallows and Amazons Tearoom & Farm Shop/Restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. We serve light as well as hearty keep warm meals, homemade cakes, luxury ice cream and hot & cold drinks. We also have a great selection of wine and local Lake District ale for you to enjoy with your meal.The view from the tearoom and beer garden across the lake are sensational, it is no surprise that Bank Ground Farm inspired Arthur Ransome to write Swallows and Amazons during one of his stays. Easily accessible to both cyclists and mountain bikers. Many of Grizedale's routes run close by, so come and boost your energy levels and have a light lunch and cake! Bank Ground is on the edge of the lake, opposite the village of Coniston, so you can even arrive by boat! With a footpath on our doorstep, we are also accessible to walkers too, a mere 25 minute walk from the centre of Coniston! The restaurant is open in the evenings, however it is essential to book in advance as we are not open every evening. Occasionally we host events so please check our website to make sure we are open and avoid disappointment.
Wigan, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“The restaurant is now open to the public in the evening at weekends.”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Not sure what we expected, but we were pleasantly surprised.
Our starters were excellent, spinach pancakes with smoked salmon were delightful and the griddled bruschetta with mozzerella was also very nice.
The lamb cutlets were more than adequate in size and beautifully cooked.
The roast lamb was perfect.
Sticky toffee banana pudding rounded off an excellent experience.
Chocolate brownie and homemade raspberry ice was enough to make us want to return soon.
The house wines were well chosen by the owners.

  • Visited August 2014
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Wow”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

We stopped at the tea room during a scenic drive around coinston water. We were greeted by a lovely friendly lady who charmingly asked if we would like a spot of lunch? We sat outside on the edge of he garden watching the swallows swooping over the grounds looking for insects. We had tea for two, my wife had a sandwich, and I had th most fabulous ploughmans. All delivered well, presented beautifully and tasted delicious. The fabulous views inspired my wife to pig out on a slice of ginger cake. She seemed pleased!

I recommend that you make the effort to find this tea room, East of the lake.

  • Visited August 2014
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Devon
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“What a view!”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Being an Arthur Ransome fan I had to visit this cafe when I saw the name. We only went for a light lunch but as fresh char from the lake was the day's special we had to have it. Beautifully cooked and quite delicious. The ploughman's was huge with an excellent chutney, small salad and delicious home made bread. Just a bit of a shame the cheese was 'foreign'; cheddar, brie and stilton but the ham was local.
I wish I'd had room for one of the homemade cakes.
And the situation looking over Coniston towards the Old Man is just breathtaking. We visited on an extremely hot day which may be rare but the addition of some umbrellas for the tables would make this place utter perfection!

  • Visited July 2014
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant Location and superb food and service!”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Found this tea room by accident a few weeks ago and went back this weekend for lunch. We were so pleased that we did.

The location is breath-taking! You look right down to the lake and sit gazing at the splendor of the mountains.

The food and service really are superb. I had the lake char and it was beautiful. It was serve with a salad of apple,lettuce,fennel and tomato and was cooked to perfection. The cakes were really something too and not to be missed.

It's really worth a visit-but at the moment seems to be a well kept secret!

  • Visited July 2014
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“Idyllic Location”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We stumbled across this tearoom by chance while exploring the area around Coniston Water. To be fair, we probably wouldn't have stopped had it not been for the iconic name, but, having done so, we were so glad that we did. The tea rooms are set on ground running down to Coniston Water (anybody who has read the books will recognise Holly Howe Farm) and, on a sunny July afternoon, you could not find a better spot to sit and enjoy tea and a beautiful home made cake, scone or chocolate brownie. It is well worth the effort to find the tea rooms to enjoy this treat.

Visited July 2014
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