A GRASMERE café has rebranded itself, shaking off its traditional teashop image in favour of a more relaxed and contemporary feel.

Owned by Ian Dutton for more than 10 years, the Miller Howe Café has just undergone a complete overhaul, offering a new concept, menu and 'vibe'.

Mr Dutton believes that the new kitchen fittings, decoration and menu will help to present a more 'European' look,

“There’s a real gap in the market in Grasmere for an informal eatery," Mr Dutton said. "I wanted to make it a little bit more of a destination to go to chill out."

With new restaurant 'The Pig' having just opened in Windermere, Mr Dutton's name is well and truly on the Lake District food map.

Championing local suppliers is at the heart of what Mr Dutton does and he is keen to ensure that all of his produce has come from the Lake District.

"I don't use any corporate companies outside the area, other than for some beers," he said. "All our suppliers are local. It's better for the local economy and has less impact."

£50,000 has been spent on creating a new downstairs kitchen in the Miller Howe Café and Mr Dutton is now trialling evening opening hours.

The menu itself has also received a makeover, with options available for an increasingly varied market.

British classics such as fish and chips will be available, but so will gluten-free pizzas for those with intolerances.

Mr Dutton said: “There are many superb establishments in which to dine in the village and there’s something for everyone.

"Hopefully, patrons will now consider the Miller Howe Café as the place to visit for good quality, unfussy produce served in an unpretentious setting."