#Bootique Shopping

Shop, Eat, Drink - many visitors don't come for an adrenaline rush but for the #Bootique shops.

Once you've decided which #BootiqueTowns you want to visit, you'll probably want to know which shops to look out for. There's the usual butchers, bakers, chemists and charity shops, but through quaint alleys and cobbled streets you'll find much more...

In Ambleside:

RUSH Ambleside is a quintessential clothing shop offering the very best in stylish ladies and menswear. From classic, yet contemporary Tweed to leading fashion brands you love.

Bank House Chocolates offer superior handmade chocolates made on the premises. Step into the old 'strong room' and discover delicious jams, sweets and biscuits.

Kindred Spirits aim to help you see through the marketing tricks of commercial spirits to discover the best craft spirits. They offer personalisation including picking the shape of the bottle, flavours and adding a message to the bottle. 

The Climbers Shop was first opened in 1959 by Frank Davies, it was the first outdoor shop in Ambleside. For over half a century the shop has remained in the centre of Ambleside and welcomed many climbers and walkers.

Old Courthouse Gallery established in 1994, is one of the largest independent contemporary art galleries in the north. The gallery has three floors of contemporary British art and crafts, made by some of the country's leading designers who are passionate about quality craftsmanship and individuality.

#Bootique offer: As a guest of Waterhead Hotel receive 10% off various artworks.*

The Ambleside Toy Shop offers games, soft toys, building blocks, model trains, musical instruments and much more. The shop is a kids dream with lots of bright colours and fun things to play with. 

In Grasmere:

Grasmere Gingerbread shop has been a main attraction in Grasmere for many years. The world-famous recipe was developed in 1854 and is still loved today. It's a unique, spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake - a must try!

Grasmere Chocolate Cottage pride themselves in creating luxury handmade Lakeland chocolates. They use a unique mix of Belgian chocolate, Lakeland cream and secret ingredients to make tasty treats. 

Herdy design and create special gifts that put a smile on your face. The brand was born in the Lake District and inspired by the Cumbrian Herdiwck sheep. Through sales they support sustainability projects and training in the area. They also have a stores in Keswick, Bowness and Kendal.

#Bootique Offer: As a guest of Waterhead Hotel receive 10% off in the Herdy shop, exclusions apply*

The Red Gecko has diverse creative influences from the owners' home countries of New Zealand and Germany. They have a wonderful range of jewellery, art, sculptures, handmade furniture and home-ware.

Lakes Crafts & Antiques Gallery has been open for 25 years offering lovely gifts from toys to relishes and jams. The shop bursts with character and makes for an interesting find. 

In Hawkshead:

Hawkshead Relish evolved from a cafe serving meals, they began making their own relishes to complement their dishes. Customers loved the preserves so much they'd ask to take them home! The brand has now won several awards.

The Little Ice Cream Shop serves 22 tasty handcrafted flavours which are made daily in small batches in their onsite Gelato Kitchen. The milk and cream used are from a local dairy as they believe our Cumbrian Cows are the happiest - we agree! Vegan and gluten free options available. They also have a shop in Windermere, both shops are closed over winter. 

#Bootique offer: As a guest of Waterhead Hotel, buy an ice cream and receive a free upgrade! The upgrade includes sauce, topping and a flake.* Tag 'The Little Ice Cream Shop' in your social posts @thelittleicecreamshop.

Poppi Red is inspired by the owners' international travel, the shop offers quirky and cute gifts. They also have a lovely little cafe serving cakes and pastries. 


In Coniston:

Bluebird Cafe sits on the shores of Coniston Water and has a wonderful view across the water. Offering delicious sandwiches, soups, jacket potatoes and cakes - it's a lovely place to stop and admire the view.

Just for Ewe has a collection of gifts all inspired by the Lake District, from guide books, stationary designed by locals, Beatrix Potter themed soft furnishings and tasty delicacies. 

Coniston Fudge, Gifts and Gallery it may seem a mouthful but these guys make their fudge fresh onsite. They have a large range of flavours to pick from and will be happy to recommend their favourites. The shop closes for winter between mid-December to mid-February.

#Bootique offer: As a guest of Waterhead Hotel receive 10% off fudge, local artworks and crafted jewellery.*

In Keswick:

Alexandra's of Keswick is an independent shop stocking British based and ethically produced ladies clothing. They're known for their friendly service and beautifully styled casual clothes and accessories.

The Cheese Deli supply a large range of Cumbrian artisan and award winning cheeses all made by local farms. With a personal service, they'll be able to find a cheese or two to please your palate. 

Treeby & Bolton have been open for over 100 years. They present a special selection of contemporary art and glass, unique bronzes and design-led interiors across three floors. The building itself is beautiful!


Book a #Bootique break

Make the most of your time in the Lake District and book a #bootique break. Visit the stunning hidden gems we call #bootique towns and explore the local and independent shops which pride themselves on personal and friendly service. We believe the Waterhead Hotel offers the perfect place to explore all the Lake District has to offer, with luxurious accommodation, delicious food and the main bus route stopping on the doorstep.


* Please note all shops and services reserve the right to change or end their offer at any time. Offers are only available to Waterhead Hotel guests, you will only be able to redeem offers if you show your room card or your Waterhead Hotel #Bootique voucher. Herdy exclusions are: sale/discounted items, Herdy country, limited editions and Herdy sleep