The Rheged Centre, Redhills, near Penrith, Cumbria, England

The Rheged Centre is near Penrith, less than 1 mile west off the M6 on the left-hand side of the A592 road to Keswick and is open from 10.00 am to 5.30pm every day with free parking and entry.

Three cafes offer delicious fresh food from the best of local ingredients and local produce including lamb and beef from Rheged's own farm. The Rheged Cafe (left) looks out onto a pool and waterfall area by the side of the grade 1 listed early 19th century limekilns. The Rheged Cafe is the Centre's popular table service cafe in Rheged's spectacular Mountain Hall. It serves a wide range of food e.g. pizzas, soups, Galloway burgers!, Fairtrade Coffee and a children's menu too. You can purchase paper and other stationary made by local firms in the variety of shops in the Rheged Centre.

The Cafe Pod (left) is described as a vibrant elevated cafe specialising in hot meat ciabattas including honey-roast lamb, Galloway beef, handmade pies and sausage rolls. You can also order cold sandwiches of artisan bread and delicious side-salads. The cakes and biscuits are baked in-house and couldn't be fresher! Gluten free options are also available. There are play areas inside and outside and a very colourful toy and children's clothing shops.

The Taste! is the heart of Rheged's farm shop in which you can enjoy a breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. All the food ingredients are the best that Cumbria and other parts of Northern Britain can produce! Very tasty! There are sops full of locally made craft products including designer ceramics, glassware, textiles, wrought iron work, silver and jewellery by local and other British crafts people. There are also galleries of original paintings, photography and prints by leading local artists. You can also purchase luxurious handmade natural soaps, creams, lotions and hair care products and even specialist skincare brands for men!


After a good shop and walk around and a great meal it was time to head for the 3D film cinema  with its fabulous giant screen. However, we chose to see the amazing and wonderful large screen 2D film called THE WILDEST DREAM which is a thought provoking documentary on the tragic and brave effort of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine to conquer Mount Everest in 1924. Did they summit Mount Everest in the ill-fated expedition of 1924? Sadly we missed the Rheged exhibition of the effects found on Mallory's body and other equipment from the 1924 expedition.
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