I was going through my blog drafts at the weekend and came across this one sitting there that I hadn’t completed from nearly a year ago! I couldn’t believe I didn’t post it, what an idiot. And it’s one that’s definitely worth sharing.
You might recall that over the May bank holiday last year, we went on a fantastic trip to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, staying at The Malabar. When researching where to visit (and importantly where to eat and drink!), I came across Three Hares Cafe in nearby ‘booktown’ Sedbergh, at the foot of the Howgills, owned and run by James and Nina.
I love the reason behind the name for the cafe. The name ‘Three Hares’ comes from the symbol found throughout the world from English Churches, to synagogues, to Buddhist Temples. According to their website, The Three Hares symbol represents their style of cooking, influenced by James’ upbringing in the local area involved with wild foods and game, and heavily influenced by Nina’s background of growing up in Germany with Japanese parents.
Three Hares feels very much like a cafe. It’s cosy and quaint, and as you walk in you’re greeted with a huge tower of homemade bread straight from the oven, and the scent of freshly brewed tea and coffee. Which is all great and lovely! But then you order food and it suddenly escalates to something even more special. Relating to the wonderfully diverse backgrounds and cooking experiences of James and Nina, you can expect to see a wide range of dishes on the menu, from pigeon to parkin! In fact, pigeon was exactly what I had, and it was delicious.
Three Hares Cafe serves breakfast and lunch Tuesdays-Sundays, and dinner Thursdays-Saturdays (they’re closed on Mondays). Some examples of dishes from the menu on their website at the moment are Howgill Herdwick Hogget & Mint Curry, Wild Mallard & Pheasant Stew with Mash and Wild Lakeland Venison Loin & Cottage Pie, Douglas Fir, Cauliflower & Sprouts. If those don’t get your mouth watering, I don’t know what will!
It was only a fleeting visit for us because we were having a quick lunch before hitting the road back to London, but I’d love to return. If you’re interested in visiting Three Hares Cafe, you can find out more on their website here.