Pull up chairs at a cosy table for two in the dining room, request breakfast in bed, or enjoy it out on the terrace, weather-permitting.
Whatever you feel comfortable sipping tea and eating cake in. Factor in the Great Outdoors: bring waterproofs and wind-cheaters outside of summer (and perhaps even then; this is England, after all).
There’s no restaurant, but there’s also no chance you’ll go hungry, thanks to Graham’s hearty breakfasts. Begin the day with a Cumbrian breakfast with local sausages, bacon and black pudding made to a secret recipe; there’s also a veggie version, lassis, home-made granola and other sweet options. Dinner should be booked ahead of your stay, and is served at small candlelit tables in the dining room. Until March 2020, light diners will be available from Monday to Friday. From March 2020 onwards, a three-course set-menu dinner (£30 a head) will be available from Monday to Thursday; vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are all available on request. Ever Friday ffrom March onewards, you'll have the option to partake in an Indian feast for £35 a head. From spring to winter, the Malabar also hosts an Indian supper club for two dozen guests; each home-style dinner includes a seasonal four-course set menu (£35 a person). There’s a selection of wines and craft beers to choose from too.
The honesty bar in the lounge is stocked with wine, whisky and a pleasing lineup of craft beer, some of which is local.
Breakfast is served from 8.30am to 9.30am. Tea is served in the lounge or dining room from 3pm on the day of your arrival. Dinners can be arranged from Monday to Friday (but should be pre-booked).
Staying in a suite? Let the owners know if you’d rather have breakfast in bed. Forget alarm clocks: here, days begin with a gentle knock on your door at an appointed time (you decide when) and a tray of just-brewed tea left outside your room.