New Road, Barbon, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
Google reliably informs me that there are over 30 known species of mice and the best recognised is the common house mouse, but believe me, there is nothing commonplace about the Churchmouse at Barbon! A picturesque village – popular with tourists and walkers – situated four miles from Kirkby Lonsdale, located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, sits this delightful little tearoom, an absolute gem with tables providing seating inside and out and parking to the rear. This fully licensed establishment offers snacks, yummy cakes, light lunches and coffee (yes with Oat milk) along with a Friday night fine dining experience (booking is essential), the chef enthused about the planned pizza nights and BBQ evenings, who doesn’t love a BBQ?
Inside you will find many specialist cheeses, tiers of mouth-watering cakes and lovely friendly staff. This treasure of a store also provides a lifeline for local residents by supplying a limited range of sundries and daily newspapers for those who order. Hubby couldn’t resist buying some local cheeses before we left, delicious.
We stumbled across Barbon and the Churchmouse by chance, having coffee one day we were bewitched by a cheeky chatty little bairn with big smiles, which led to a conversation with her mum who explained that her partner was the chef! We thought it was worth a visit, and it certainly was. Check out the toilet with its chandelier!
After lunch we ambled around the small hamlet, passing the 17th Century coaching inn and popping into the church grounds whilst taking in the spectacular views that surround. A good day out, breath taking scenery, great atmosphere and friendly locals. Definitely recommended, we will return for a Friday night dining experience.
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