Acorn Bank's cosy tea-room

Enjoying a cream tea at Acorn Bank

We look forward to welcoming you into our tea-room and courtyard, which is a delightfully sheltered spot.

History of the tea-room

It was Dorothy Una Ratcliffe with her second husband Noel McGrigor Phillips, the owners of the house from 1934, who converted part of it into a rustic sitting room.

They installed the fireplace that you can still see now and this is said to have been modelled on a 17th-century fireplace in the west wing of Acorn Bank – the initials are those of Dorothy and Noel.

During the Second World War, evacuees occupied much of the house and it's thought that Dorothy and her husband lived in this east wing, supplemented only by a caravan which was used as a bedroom in what is now our tea-room courtyard.

Reducing our plastic use

Here at Acorn Bank we're always trying to think of new ways to do our bit to be eco-friendly. That's why we've introduced a brand new coffee cup offer to try and reduce the number of disposable takeaway cups used. If you purchase a reusable takeaway cup from the tea room, we will give you your first coffee in your cup for free.

Our menu

In our delightful tea-room, open from 10.30am - 4.30pm you will have the choice of drinks, homemade scones and cakes, available throughout the day. On those hot summer days we also have a good selection of ice-creams!


Soup and sandwiches are served from 11am - 3pm. We use produce from our garden whenever possible, in our salad garnishes and other homemade dishes

Fresh cakes and bakes

Our scones are renowned for their quality and are freshly baked every day. Come and try our traditional Acorn Bank Tea- a fruit scone with strawberry jam, clotted cream and a pot of tea. Our homemade cakes include regional specialty Westmorland Pepper Cake.

Dairy-free and gluten free alternatives are available for most menu items.

Helpful information

You can access the tea-room without paying to visit the house, gardens and watermill – just call at reception to let them know. Your dog is also very welcome in the tea-room courtyard.