Photo: Rydal Hall tea shop Ambleside

Old School Room Tea Shop

Opening hours:

  • December 2018 until January 31st 2019: 11am – 3pm
  • February to Easter: 11am – 4pm
  • Easter to end of October: 10am – 5pm

The Old School Room Tea Shop is open daily all year round and serves a selection of light refreshments including:

  • soups
  • sandwiches
  • cakes and hot and cold drinks

It was originally built by Sir Daniel Fleming as a school room for his sons. Sir Daniel’s accounts show that he employed a tutor for a few weeks or months, then, when his sons had benefited from all their expertise, a new tutor was appointed to teach a different subject. One of his sons, George Fleming, went on to become Bishop of Carlisle.

Sample menu

Art

Every month or two different artists display their art work in the Tea Shop. 

Marianne Birkby: January

Marianne’s childhood was largely spent in the Rusland valley in the South Lakes where a keen interest in the natural world was developed. As well as private commissions the publishing portfolio includes children’s books such as “Wildlife in the Country” published by Random House and “Dodo Who” published by Kendal Museum Publishing.

Photo:Artwork by Marianne Birkby

Cassandra Y Burrowes's paintings will be on display in February & March

Upcoming artists

  • Cassandra Y Burrowes: February & March
  • Carole Scrowston: April
  • Amanda Watson: May & June