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The Old Sawmill Tearoom

The Old Sawmill Tearoom is open for takeaway service daily from 1st April 2021 -10 am to 5 pm.  Speciality coffees, home made cakes, soup and filled rolls available.  One in one out basis please.

With views down to Bassenthwaite Lake The Old Sawmill Tearoom is always popular with walkers, cyclists, bird-watchers and visitors to Mirehouse. The tearoom specialises in homemade Cumbrian cooking and has some new treats on the menu this season. Cakes, scones, sandwiches, soups and hot dishes are all made on the premises.  Visitors with dogs are very welcome at the tables outside the cafe.

Among the favourites are:

  • The Old Sawmill Special (a large Cumberland sausage in a roll with apple sauce served with salads),
  • welsh rarebit muffin,
  • luscious lemon cake, date slice and
  • warm sticky gingerbread with rum butter and cream.

The Old Sawmill is at the end of many other walks besides the walk to Bassenthwaite Lake through Mirehouse Grounds. From here you can reach the top of Dodd, Ullock Pike and Skiddaw. The many beautiful Forestry Commission walks on Dodd pass the door.

The best view point for watching the Ospreys fishing in Bassenthwaite Lake is a short distance above the tearoom. The footpath to St. Bega's Church and Scarness starts here. There is also a valuable footpath link to the south, which avoids the risks of walking along the A591 and connects with the paths from Underskiddaw, Keswick and Braithwaite.

The Old Sawmill serves visitors to Mirehouse and walkers in the surrounding area.

The history of the building and the area is outlined on the walls of the tearoom along with a display of old photographs and forest tools.

The tearoom stands in the car-park opposite the entrance to Mirehouse.

Opening Times: 

It is open as above from 10am until 5pm.


017687 74317

Getting Here:

It is three and a half miles north of Keswick on the A591, on the right hand side of the road as you are travelling north. There is a frequent bus service (555, X4, 73 & 73A). The bus stop is called 'Mirehouse (Keswick)'. For more details contact Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 or see www.traveline.org.uk