The charming coastal town on the edge of Lancashire with an amazing tea room

Promenade of shops at Grange-over-Sands
Grange-over-Sands is a town that feels like stepping back in time -Credit:MEN Staff

Perched on the edge of Morecambe Bay and only a hop, skip and a jump from the Lake District, Grange-over-Sands is a town that feels like it's frozen in time. Throughout the town are hints of its past, with strong Victorian and Edwardian influences.

Grange-over-Sands became a fashionable destination during the 19th Century, thanks to the railway station. Today there are still relics from its heyday spread across the town, with a lengthy seafront promenade, a charming train station, a neat row of cafes and shops; and ornamental gardens.

Despite not having a beach of its own the town has a distinctive coastal feel, with a whiff of salty sea air about the place. There is a stretch of sand but it’s separated by a section of marshland, making it out of reach.


Grange-over-Sands has a laid-back feel to it and feels a world away from the tourist hotspots of the Lake District, Manchester Evening News reports. There’s no rushing about here; you can take your time exploring its hidden gardens or walk the length of the promenade, which has views across the bay to Far Arnside and Silverdale.

The promenade next to the marshland
The promenade next to the marshland -Credit:MEN Staff

Due to its location on a sloping cliffside, the town sits like layers above the coastline with each level offering a different place to discover. It means you can walk along a path directly alongside the town’s railway line, while looking down at the sunken Ornamental Gardens on one side and the marshland on the other.

Among the town’s hidden gems is Hazelmere Cafe and Bakery, a tea room with an old-fashioned spirit yet without being too fuddy-duddy thanks to a contemporary interior. During my weekend visit it was full to the brim, with diners enjoying everything from cream teas to light lunches.

Hazelmere Cafe & Bakery
Hazelmere Cafe & Bakery -Credit:MEN Staff

It has an extensive tea menu with any blend you can imagine (in fact upstairs is a shop dedicated to all things related to the drink - Dorothy’s Teas), I went for China Rose, which was refreshing with delicate rose flavour. Given the cafe’s location, one dish on the menu which needs to be tried is Potted Morecambe Bay Shrimps served on toast.

I’ve never tried potted shrimps before (I’ve always been put off by the appearance) but they were delicious. Afterwards we shared a vanilla slice, with crisp flaky pastry, smooth custard filling and topped with sweet icing - perfect washed down with the tea.

The cafe's Potted Morecambe Bay Shrimps served on toast
The cafe's Potted Morecambe Bay Shrimps served on toast -Credit:MEN Staff

The café has an onsite bakery which is open Monday to Saturday, so unfortunately it was closed during our visit. But when it’s open it stocks a vast range of freshly baked breads and over thirty different cakes each day, from Caramel Shortbread to Yorkshire Curd Tart. It's perfect for picking up some treats to take home with you after your visit, or to have a nibble on as you explore Grange-over-Sands.

What you need to know...

There are several parking options at Grange-over-Sands including Main Street car park by the promenade which charges starting from £1.90 for one hour. Postcode LA11 6DY.

Hazelmere Tea House and Restaurant is open everyday from 10am to 4pm (no bookings taken) while the bakery shop is open Monday - Saturday from 7.30am to 3pm.

Walking on the saltmarsh at Grange-over-Sands is strongly advised against due to dangerous quicksand, instead enjoy the views from the promenade.

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