Winter Opening update – as at 6th December 2014

Over the Christmas/New Year holiday period, Jumping Jenny will be open on Tuesday 22nd December, on Boxing Day, 23rd December, then every day from Saturday 27th December 2014 to Sunday 4th January 2015.

During January 2015, Jumping Jenny will only be open at weekends.

Our long term plans remain a little uncertain at the moment, but it is likely that Jumping Jenny will be at Brantwood until 25th March 2015, maybe beyond that date.

The Belmount/Jumping Jenny philosophy!

In his excellent book ‘My Paris Kitchen’, David Lebovitz introduces one chapter as follows:-

“THE OWNER OF A FANCY THREE STAR RESTAURANT IN PARIS was quoted as saying, ‘The first time you come to a restaurant, you’re a stranger. The second time, you’re a guest. The third time, you’re part of our family.. ….. Much has to do with becoming a regular customer, and as the staff gets to know you, you become a member of the extended family.’ “.

This rang true in the light of two emails received recently – one about a recent wedding at Belmount – please see the Belmount blog – and one about Jumping Jenny, as follows:-

“We have booked (local accommodation) for 21st March and one of the main reasons was to be able to eat your always delicious food and take some for our suppers…… . A limited menu of quality food, what a huge miss you will be!!

The way you run the JJ is the details – the chalkboard, the staff, the objects above the counter, the wood burner – and of course the food – wonderful flans, salad dressing, cakes.”

Thank you, staff and customers!

Monday 17th November – Still open seven days a week….


It looks as though the weather will be glorious tomorrow, Monday 17th November, so please do come and enjoy this glorious November (not a phrase one hears very often….).

There were many customers sitting on the terrace this afternoon, sitting in the sunshine and enjoying what must be one of the finest views anywhere – Coniston Water and the fells beyond.

And enjoying quite a lot of cake! In fact, a huge amount of Gillie’s wonderful cakes. Extraordinarily, nearly two whole chocolate cakes were sold today. Not so long ago, chocolate cake was put out once a week, on a Sunday. What a change!

See you tomorrow!

Craft Fair weekend – 15th and 16th November 2014


It’s Brantwood Craft Fair time again! At Jumping Jenny, we will be open as usual from 10.30am to 6.00pm, with delicious soups, flans, savoury and sweet, Tarte au Citron, Moussaka, amazing cakes, and some very special mulled wine.. .

Rumour has it that there are some Christmas Socks hanging on the fire. That’s what they do in Poland, apparently.

Drop in and see us!