The Bakestone Cafe at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal

The Bakestone Café

The Bakestone opened during 2017 and serves a fantastic range of speciality teas, coffees and delicious food.

The Name
The bakestone was a staple in all Lakeland farm kitchens, used to make oatcakes, the cornerstone of the diet of the Lakeland farmer. An example of this can be seen in the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.

Finding The Bakestone
The cafe is located at Abbot Hall Art Gallery and can be accessed both from inside the gallery, and externally through the door to the right of the main Abbot Hall entrance or from the riverside. The cafe is wheelchair accessible with lifts into the Gallery.


  • Free wifi
  • A family friendly area with colouring activities and views of the River Kent
  • High chairs, a children's menu and baby changing facilities
  • Disabled toilets
  • A lift to the Gallery

Opening Times
March - October
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday in July & August: 11.30am - 4pm

November - March
Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm


Light Bites

Soup of the day, served with a chunk of fresh bread

Courgette, tomato, pepper & feta frittata, served with a choice of salad

Ham hock, leek, tomato & cheddar frittata, served with a choice of salad

All served on fresh artisan bread made in Kendal and accompanied by a side salad

Silverside of beef with horseradish, diced vine tomatoes and parmesan  

Home cooked ham, tomato & Cheddar                                            

Mature Cheddar & tomato two ways: fresh tomato and our tomato relish

Broad bean hummus, carrot & pickled yellow beetroot

Childrens Lunch Box

Ham/cheese/jam sandwich + 3 items from childrens selection


Stew of the day
A heart warming stew served with a chunk of bread & butter (small portions available for kids)

Abbot Hall Sharing Platter
Home smoked chicken, Cumbrian beef and Abbot Hall gravadlax served with pickled yellow beetroot, tomato relish, broadbean hummus, mixed leaves and artisan bread (a snack for 2 or a meal for 1)

Special of the day
Choose from our hot food counter. Served with a choice of salad (small portions available for kids)

Home Bakes
All items are baked fresh onsite at Abbot Hall

A selection of freshly baked cakes & treats from our cake counter

Scone with butter        
Choice of fruit, savoury or special scone

Scone with jam & cream        
Choice of fruit, savoury or special scone

View and download our full menu here.


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