Bakestone cafe open for breakfast lunch and homemade cakes

The Bakestone Café

Winner of the Visit England Quality Food and Drink Award for two years running (2018 and 2017).

The Bakestone café is open from 10.00am, Monday to Saturday, serving a fantastic range of locally sourced speciality teas, coffees and delicious food.

The Name
The bakestone was a staple in all Lakeland farm kitchens, used to make oatcakes, the cornerstone of the diet of the Lakeland farmer. An example of this can be seen in the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.

Finding The Bakestone
The cafe is located at Abbot Hall Art Gallery and can be accessed both from inside the gallery, and externally through the door to the right of the main Abbot Hall entrance or from the riverside. The cafe is wheelchair accessible with lifts into the Gallery.


  • Free wifi
  • A family friendly area with colouring activities and views of the River Kent
  • High chairs, a children's menu and baby changing facilities
  • Disabled toilets
  • A lift to the Gallery

Opening Times

November - March
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm

March - October
Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

A story of delicious homemade children’s lunches

Our menu

Breakfast (served from 10.00 - 11.30am)

Two slices of toast with butter

Toasted Teacake with jam or marmalade

Bacon Sandwich

Bacon & Egg Sandwich

Scrambled Egg on buttered toast

Porridge with honey, apple, sultanas, apricot or choc chips

Light Bites

Soup of the day, served with a chunk of fresh bread

Soup and a sandwich

Soup and a cheese scone

Bowl of homemade veggie chilli, served with a chunk of fresh bread or jacket potato and salad


All served on fresh ciabatta bread made in Kendal and accompanied by a side salad

Home cooked ham and cheddar with Cumberland honey mustard mayonnaise

Chicken with tarragon mayonnaise (add bacon bits and tomato)

Broad bean hummus, carrot & pickled yellow beetroot

Lancashire cheese with Westmorland chutney

(*Gluten free bread available)

Children's Options

Small soup and chunk of bread

Beans on toast

½ Jacket potato served with butter, side salad and a choice of fillings (cheese, bacon bits, baked beans)

Children's sandwich with a choice of ham, cheesem tuna mayo or jam, served with cucumber slices and sultanas


Jacket potato served with butter, side salad and a choice of fillings (cheese, baked beans, bacon bits, chicken & tarragon may, broad bean hummus, tuna mayo)

Home Bakes

All items are baked fresh onsite at Abbot Hall

A selection of freshly baked cakes & treats from our cake counter




Cheese scone with butter

Fruit scone with butter and jam      

Fruit scone with butter, jam and cream    


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