Review: Baldry’s

Images: Claire Bonello.

Last February, my parents visited me in Durham, and we wanted to use one of the days of their visit to go on a pleasant trip to a close-by area. The Lake District was a natural choice; it is under two hours away from Durham, and one of the most beautiful places in England. There are quaint little villages, impressive mountains – and quite a few lakes. We also found out that the tearooms and cafeterias there are an absolute treat to visit.

After a lot of gawping at lakes and mountains, we stopped over for a stroll in a beautiful village called Grasmere (so picturesque), right in the heart of the Lake District, and we were in need of a late afternoon snack and beverage. We popped into this place called Baldry’s, a delightful little tearoom. (Actually, it wasn’t little at all. It was lovely and spacious, yet not too large – I cannot stand overly large restaurants and cafeterias – like Durham’s branch of the Slug and Lettuce, which I think verges on being ridiculously huge.) Baldry’s looked rather posh from the outside, but it was nonetheless inviting enough to draw us in. It was probably the promising chalkboards full of delicious-sounding treats that truly worked their magic on us.

Anyway, on to the good stuff. (And my review is mostly good.) The only negative about this place is that students with a tight budget might find it a little expensive, but, on the other hand, it is such good value. You might be spending £4 on a beverage, but it is going to be one of the most amazing ones you’ve ever had. (And when your parents are paying, it’s even better…)

My choices at the tearoom were a hot spiced apple concoction and a fresh fruit scone with jam and butter. They were both incredibly delicious, and you could tell that the ingredients used were top-notch. The presentation was also a feast for the eyes, with the scone – which was one of the best I’ve ever tasted – served on a fancy flower saucer, and the jam and butter housed in cute little containers.

Selection:

There was a wide array of treats and drinks, with even full-on meals being offered, and there were lots of “specials” on chalkboards – you’ll definitely find the perfect thing to nibble on.

Location:

Baldry’s is in Grasmere, right in the middle of the Lake District. It is such a gorgeous village.

The service:

The service was thoroughly amusing. The man who served us was very loud, very friendly, and quite a joker. These were all very good things, though; he was absolutely lovely, and his attention to detail and comments about our choices made us feel incredibly welcome, and as though we were regulars.

Decor:

I was cooing at everything. It was all very sophisticated yet it managed to remain homely. An abundant amount of tables, lots of pretty crockery, quirky large mirrors – a job well done.

The quality of the food:

Outstanding.

All in all, we were very impressed by the whole experience. I am definitely popping back to Baldry’s if I’m ever in Grasmere again. Luckily, Durham is pretty close to the Lake District, and the area itself is always worth a visit. I think it would make the ideal post-exam getaway, and even if I am ever remotely in that area, I am making a deliberate detour to visit this beautiful tearoom once again. I hear their lemon meringue is good too.

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