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.

Our menu

In our delightful tea-room, open from 10:30 until 4:30, you will have the choice of a variety of drinks, homemade scones and cakes, available throughout the day. On those hot summer days we also have a good selection of ice-creams!

We now serve a range of hot and cold light lunches, which are available from 12pm to 3pm. We use produce from our garden whenever possible. New for this season are Penny’s homemade sausage rolls and Garden Tart. Homemade soup and a choice of freshly prepared sandwiches are available. And, of course, there is also our ever popular fruit crumble.

Fresh cakes and bakes

Our scones are renowned for their quality, 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 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.