Granny Dowbekin's Tea Room and Garden, Pooley Bridge, Ullswater, CUMBRIA CA10 2NP 01768 486453
The New Pooley Bridge Works start during the Summer of 2019 and are expected to be completed by Easter 2020
It’s now three years since the old bridge perished in the floods of 2015 and the proposed new design has been eagerly anticipated. The concept attempts to reflect the feedback from the recent public consultation on three different bridge designs. Inevitably feedback on those designs was wide ranging, with many people holding strong, and opposing, views. Given the diversity of views, the architects focused on common themes, including: lightness and transparency; being in keeping with the area; elegance; flood resilience; balance between modern and traditional; and open views. The new draft design is a solid arched bridge with open spandrels, but with additional lattice detail in the spandrel void (see image above). The new design also sits lower in the landscape than previous designs, while maintaining the increase height above the river. Stone would be used for the abutments and on the deck, including stone reclaimed from the original bridge wherever possible. The new draft will now be subject to further refinement and development. The council is also committed to maintaining the high level of engagement with the local community that has been a feature of this project. The contractors plan to complete initial enabling works during the Summer of 2019 (with the temporary road bridge remaining in position), in advance of the main works taking place after the August bank holiday, when the highway connectivity across the river will be removed, but not before a temporary pedestrian bridge is in position. They will then work through the Autumn and Winter of 2019/20 constructing the new structure, with a target date of Easter Holiday Season in 2020 for the bridge to be open to vehicular traffic
 The wallpaper in our Garden Room was designed by Cumbrian artist LAURA SOWERBY
It all starts with a ramble in the English Lake District… Taking her sketchbook Laura Sowerby begins work on her designs by drawing from the nature that surrounds her remote cottage and studio. The drawings are worked up into compositions that can be put into repeat for fabrics and wallpapers so that a certain magic can occur that brings new potential of rhythm and scale and excitement. Once transferred to wood or lino blocks cutting can begin – a painstaking process entailing weeks of work. The arduous task of hand printing comes next. The result - each piece is a piece of joy, the product of a labour of love that we hope will bring you much pleasure.

We now offer a lovely range of locally brewed ales from Brack'n'Brew


Rambling Bookkeeper Bitter 4.1%

a traditional session ale. Mellow honey aroma with a moderate hop bitterness and a sweet roast malt taste.


Boathouse Blonde 3.8%

Our very first, and still a personal favourite, this blonde packs a punch. Hoppy nose with hints of grapefruit, bitter but refreshing taste.


Alfred’s Golden Ale 3.2%

A very popular light crisp golden ale, a balanced hop flavour packed with citrus aroma and a hint of spice.


Steamer Stout 4.4%

Uses espresso beans from Bruce & Luke’s Coffee in Carlisle, which makes for a rich tasting stout with notes of chocolate, caramel and dark fruits.


Aira Force IPA 5.9%

Loaded with a combination of 5 different hop varieties, this powerful IPA is bursting with flavour.



Our New Garden Room features some beautiful, atmospheric sounds from Cumbrian singers and musicians



Melanie Baker,

Rory Connor,

Fiona Clayton,

Anne-Marie Sanderson,

Maz O'Connor,

Elaine Davidson



We are very excited to have our fabulous new inside and outside spaces open for business and they are proving very popular with our visitors!


Our new Garden Room can be booked for exclusive use for up to twenty people.




Our new Garden Room is the perfect space for your function or party.

Call or email to discuss your requirements and quote.


Granny Dowbekin's Tea Room and Garden, Pooley Bridge, Ullswater, CUMBRIA CA10 2NP 01768 486453