As the Coronation of King Charles’ III approaches, Granny Dowbekin’s Tea Rooms by the bridge in Pooley has just launched a new Special Edition Tin of nine Gingerbridges to celebrate King Charles Coronation.  Prince Charles has visited Pooley Bridge twice this century, firstly in 2006 to inspect the new Social Housing development, and then on March 23rd 2016 when he opened the Temporary Road Bridge after Storm Desmond destroyed the 251 year old three arch stone bridge in December 2015.

Prince Charles was invited to officially open the new and award winning stainless steel bridge when it opened in October 2019, but then Covid happened and scuppered all plans.

Granny Dowbekin’s has sent Prince Charles the Special Edition Gingerbridge Tin, with a note from tea room owner and creator of the Pooley Gingerbridge range,  Colin Hindle,  “ I hoped that Prince Charles didn’t mind me sending the celebration tin to him and that it may bring back happy memories of the area for him and encourage his early return to inspect the wonderful new bridge.”

The Pooley Gingerbridge range was launched in 2012 to celebrate the three arched bridge being 250 years old; it is now the worlds’ only commemorative gingerbread.  It is available only in the Lake District, from Granny Dowbekin’s and Chestnut House in Pooley Bridge, J&J Graham and Cranstons in Penrith, The Rum Story in Whitehaven and from Lakeland Artisan in the major Lakeland towns.

Granny Dowbekin’s is located just beside Pooley Bridge itself. The Tearoom Gardens reopen on Monday 12 April from 9am – 5pm serving breakfast, fresh bakes, sandwiches, hearty lunches and traditional afternoon teas outside with plenty of shelter whatever the weather.  For more information visit www.grannydowbekins.co.uk.


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