Location and Transformation
Chesters by the River, located on the banks of the River Brathay in Skelwith Bridge near Ambleside, recently underwent a transformation from a formal cafe/restaurant into a vibrant pro-vegan bakery. Many have well-received this change, especially those seeking a convenient and casual option during their walks or cycling trips in the area. Regular customers have expressed some controversy, but ample parking spaces are available for visitors arriving by car.
Ideal Pit Stop for Outdoor Enthusiasts
The bakery is an ideal pit stop for individuals engaging in the Elterwater Walk to Skelwith Bridge and back. Its convenient location makes it a perfect place to refuel with various offerings.
Delicious Pastries and More
Inside, a sprawling counter showcases a delectable array of treats, including pastries, cakes, slices, and healthy salads. Pizza and flatbreads cooked in a wood-fired oven are also on the menu for those seeking heartier options. The portions are generous, and some items can easily be shared, depending on your appetite.
Quality Coffee and Sustainable Practices
Chesters by the River takes pride in its barista-made coffee, featuring beans supplied by Red Bank Coffee Roasters. To promote environmental sustainability, the coffee is served in recyclable takeaway cups, allowing patrons to enjoy their beverages at their chosen spot – whether it’s at a table indoors, by the river deck, or under the charming covered pagoda adorned with flowers and lights. Picnic benches are also available outside the shop for additional seating options.
Gift Shop and Facilities
The bakery boasts a gift shop worth exploring, offering a range of gift items, homeware, and children’s toys. In addition to its culinary delights, the establishment provides convenient amenities such as restrooms and baby changing facilities within the building.
Chesters by the River is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, ensuring visitors can enjoy its offerings throughout the week.
For more information and to explore their offerings, you can visit their website: Chesters by the River.