Upstairs from Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall, with a view to the Ullswater fells, is this bright, friendly café where ‘whether you’re looking for a quick coffee and ‘baked by us’ cake or something more substantial, we’ve got you covered,’ says the family business.

Brunch, lunch and lighter bites are all served, much of the produce coming from local farmers and producers such as Appleby Creamery, Mr Vikkis, Farrers of Kendal, More?  The Artisan Bakery, Cumbrian Ales, Tractor Shed Brewery and Claire’s Handmade. 

Cranstons itself - founded in 1914 - received a special award for its Outstanding Contribution to Cumbria Food and Drink at the 2019 Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.

As a brunch venue Oswald’s has become really popular, with the likes of eggs on toast, breakfast baps, Cumbrian rarebit and the Cranstons full English, the full English actually served all day. Lunch offers soups, rolls, Fyne fish and fries, burgers and jacket potatoes and there’s a specials board too. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.

Hot and cold drinks and Cranstons own baked cakes are available all day while rolls and sandwiches are also served in the afternoons from Monday to Saturday. The café, completely restyled in 2021, is open seven days a week, from early morning to teatime.

Considering Oswald’s is only a couple of minutes from junction 40 of the M6, it makes the café a perfect place for a short break from driving. And before you leave, you can buy ‘something Cumbrian’ from the food hall downstairs, finalist for Specialist Food Retailer of the Year at the Cumbria Food Awards 2022. 

Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall, Ullswater Road, CA11 7EH: 01768 868680, www.cranstons.net  Check the website for opening times and times of brunch, lunch etc. 

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