Teacake Tours - Part One

Based in Manchester, we're very lucky to have the glorious beaches of Lytham, bustling city of Liverpool, picturesque views of the Lake District and rolling countryside of the Ribble Valley only an hour away. Here are our top places to visit when in the North this month...

The Quarter, Liverpool

Tucked away just off Hope Street, I stumbled upon The Quarter on a recent visit to Liverpool. Everything on their Italian style menu is fresh, locally sourced and reasonably priced. Sitting next to the restaurant is the Deli which sells fresh bread, local produce and cakes. I would recommend the pizza (which is better than most I have had in Italy) with the mixed salad washed down with a cold beer.

Seniors, Lytham

Located on the main high street in Lytham, Seniors is easily one of the best fish and chip shops around. Whether you enjoy them on a walk at the seafront or within their restaurant you'll certainly want to return next time you're in the area. I recommend their signature dish, the John Dory and a can of Dandelion and Burdock.

Hudsons Ice Cream, Chatburn
2 Downham Road, Chatburn, Clitheroe, BB7 4AU

A must for any ice cream lover. This family run business make their ice cream on site using locally sourced ingredients in seasonal flavours. They also sell local produce including their famous homemade cooked ham. Teacake have been busy working with the family this year creating a new brand identity (above) with a website currently in design. Ice cream and graphic design… a match made in heaven.

Tweedies Bar, Grasmere

CAMRA award winning pub located in the Dalelodge Hotel in the heart of Grasmere. Serving a large selection of real local ales, it is the ideal place to unwind after a long day of exploring. I recommend the Beer Bat where you can handpick guest ales in three, one third glasses all for the price of one pint. Perfect if there is a group of you and you want to sample the whole selection!

Duke of York Inn, Grindleton

One of my favourite places to eat in the North West - ideal for a special occasion or just a quick bite to eat at the bar. All food is produced using high quality, seasonal ingredients from the local area (the majority of herbs are even grown in the chefs garden!). So, if like me, you're fed up with overpriced, bland Sunday roasts in the city it is certainly worth the drive over where two courses are only £16.50 (and three only £19.00).

- Jennifer