The tea room at Blackwell

Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, Cumbria

Jeanette Edgar, 16.01.2012
Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, is one of two major cultural venues managed by the Lakeland Arts Trust in the Lake District, Cumbria.

A former family holiday home of the Manchester brewers, Edward Holt, Blackwell is an important arts and craft property designed by architect MH Baillie Scott.

It retains almost all of its original decorative features and provides a perfect setting for historical and contemporary crafts; the house attracts 40,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy the house and views.

With an emphasis on the handmade, Blackwell’s licensed tea room and contemporary craft shop are operated by the Lakeland Arts Trust as an integral element to the visitor experience and bring a net return.

The tea room follows the same philosophy and approach as the arts and crafts movement. It has a simple yet original menu, offering a selection of light seasonal meals and home baking.  

All the food is prepared with quality produce, traditional methods and attention to detail, combining traditional, modern and international flavours. This approach ensures fresh food and limited waste, which is essential practice as the trust has limited resources and a sustainability policy.

The tea room has established an independent reputation to the house and attracts regular visitors who appreciate its location, the lake views and garden terraces, friendly professional staff and the quality menu.

Over the years we have come to understand our visitors' needs and seek to develop an experience that will deliver beyond their expectations.

Jeanette Edgar is the communications director at the Lakeland Arts Trust


Lakeland Arts Trust