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Yew Tree Barn. Antiques and Crafts.

January 24, 2013

We have had snow for the past week. Not huge amounts but enough to be satisfying when going out for a walk. Roads were more or less clear too, apart from Kirkstone Pass and other very high routes. Had walked myself to a standstill so a day of rest was called for but where to go.

Yew Tree Barn

Yew Tree Barn

Had heard on the grapevine that a new cafe bar had opened at one of my favourite places to browse in the Lake District Peninsula. Yew Tree Barn is an Architectural reclamation yard specialising in garden statuary and furniture.

Garden Statuary Yew Tree Barn

Garden Statuary Yew Tree Barn

The Barn itself is 19th Century and a real Aladdin’s cave. Not only is it home to architectural antiques but also a gallery with contemporary art and design led crafts and books.

Interior Yew Tree Barn

Interior Yew Tree Barn

There is always someone doing something interesting whenever you visit. Linda that has Hannalin Crafts (used to be in Ambleside) holds Craft days where you can learn weaving, rag rugging etc. she also sells Herdwick and Swaledale wool. Another interesting person is Helen Golding Miller, a book conservator who has worked with the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, National Trust and many others. She holds workshops and demonstrations at Yew Tree Barn.

Interior Yew Tree Barn

Interior Yew Tree Barn

Then there are the antiques, lots of collections from a time gone by.

A Typical Collection

A Typical Collection

We had discovered Yew Tree Barn over 20 years ago when gales had blown down an antique lamppost in our garden, and we immediately found a replacement there. In those days it was called WRS Architectural Salvage. Inside and out it’s a fascinating place.

Anyone for a Bath?

Anyone for a Bath?

After a good browse it was time to investigate Harry’s Cafe Bar. Only the second  day it had been open. Wood burning stove lit on a cold day. All food locally sourced from bakers and butchers in Grange over Sands. Bedrock gin from Keswick etc. We only wanted a quick snack but the main menu looked very nice indeed. Toasted cheese sandwich and a coffee can be recommended, as can the flapjack!

Harry's Cafe Yew Tree Barn

Harry’s Cafe Yew Tree Barn

All in all a pleasant few hours passed and a bit of money put back in to the local economy at what is traditionally a quiet time of year. A winner all round.

Exterior Yew Tree Barn

Exterior Yew Tree Barn

Yew Tree Barn, Low Newton, Nr. Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6JP.

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