I haven't blogged about places lately, but Debbie suggested Staveley as a day-off trip out on Monday. It's just off the A591 Kendal-Windermere road. As you go through the village, the entrance to Staveley Mill Yard is quite an unassuming one. However it's worth persevering to explore this developing centre.
Within what initially looks like a little industrial estate is Wilf's Cafe, which does delicious food but not at full-on Lake District prices. Next door is the home of Hawkshead Brewery, which has a very stylish beer hall with all the ales on tap and in bottle. Nice pint of draught Red was enjoyed, and in bottles I recommend Brodie's Prime - all the proof you need that porter is an excellent drink.
Add to that the More? artisan bakery and some very pleasant riverside walks (which also generates a proportion of their electricity) it makes a worthwhile place to call at just a slight remove from the more picture-postcard locations in the Lakes.
I'll be back.