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Food Unwrapped


Cumbria on a Plate


Farmers Markets & Foodie Events


Philip Cranston, Champion of Cumbria Produce


Advertisement Key & Cumbria Tourism Award Winners 2016

10 Pubs, Inns & Breweries 14 Restaurants & Fine Dining 26 CafĂŠs & Tearooms 34 Retailers & Producers 38 Visitor Information 39 Map

Front cover image kindly provided by Inn on the Lake, Glenridding. All photography is courtesy of Cumbria Tourism and Bucket & Spade unless otherwise captioned. Content by Cumbria Tourism & Niamh Lewis. 2

FOOD AND DRINK UNWRAPPED Cumbria has an array of culinary gems to savour and the 2016/2017 Food and Drink Guide is an essential for making the most of your foodie experience whilst out and about in this fantastic area. We offer a diverse range of food and drink producers and providers to satisfy all tastes, diets and cultures, some tucked away in the most unexpected places across each corner of the county. From award-winning pubs to exquisite fine dining restaurants, you can enjoy mouth-watering menus from a landscape rich in world-class produce. By day, relish a light lunch at a traditional tearoom or enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea at an idyllic lakeside hotel. By night, savour some of the most creative dishes you will ever find or sample a home-cooked favourite at a cosy country inn. Don’t forget Cumbria is also home to dozens of breweries specialising in craft beers and traditional ales and the County even has its own Distillery.

Image: The Lakes Gin and The ONE, The Lakes Distillery Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread ® & Hawkshead Relish Damson Jam 3


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In an area of outstanding natural beauty, Cumbria and the Lake District is home to some of the finest food and drink in the UK. World famous sweet treats tucked away in the corners of Grasmere, internationally renowned sticky toffee pudding from the picturesque village of Cartmel, and authentic ale from Cockermouth nestled into Cumbria’s brewing heritage: as well as many more microbreweries to visit and sample their wares. Cumbria has so many different types of food and drink to offer for the discerning Foodie, try one of the multiple award-winning tasting menus with the largest selection of wines and whiskies. Have the best of both worlds, step outside one of a plethora of restaurants and country pubs to be met with breathtaking scenery in a tranquil rural setting whilst never being too far away from the hustle of the town centres. Keswick, Cockermouth, Penrith, Ambleside, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale to name but a few and the county’s vibrant city of Carlisle, all boast food and drink markets with artisan producers, cafes, tearooms, and of course delicious afternoon teas. Visit this beautiful part of the world and find an incomparable match to anywhere else in the UK.

Images: The Bistro at The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite (left), Cranstons Cumbrian food Hall, Penrith (top right), Miller Howe, Bowness (bottom right)



FARMERS MARKETS Brampton Farmers Market - last Saturday of the month Brough Farmers Market - third Saturday of the month Carlisle Farmers Market - first Friday of the month Cartmel Food & Drink Market - third Friday of the month Kendal Farmers Market - last Friday of the month Orton Farmers Market - second Saturday of the month Penrith Farmers Market - third Tuesday of each month (from March to December)

FOODIE EVENTS Holker Chilli Fest - 10th & 11th September Taste Cumbria, Cockermouth - 24th & 25th September Taste Cumbria Christmas, Cockermouth - 9th & 10 December Holker Food Market and Plant Fair on Sunday - 16th April Kendal Food Festival - 2017 dates TBC Taste Cumbria Ulverston - 27 & 28th May Taste Cumbria at the Cumberland Show - 10th June Marmalade Festival - 18th & 19th March 2017 Cumbria Life Sausage Festival 29th April - 1st May Penrith on a Plate - 2017 dates TBC


Think of Cumbrian food and the iconic Cumberland Sausage, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Kendal Mint Cake probably spring to mind. No trip to the Lakes would be complete without trying at least one of these renowned products yet the county offers so much more than these traditional associations suggest. Cumbria’s food and drink industry is vibrant and thriving with an army of passionate farmers and producers committed to producing wonderful food and drink. At the 2016 Great Taste Awards no fewer than 30 Cumbrian products were awarded coveted Great Taste Gold Awards. Cumbria has a tradition of producing wonderful livestock and offers some truly unique regional delicacies such as Herdwick lamb which is reared on the heather and wild grasses of the Lakeland hills offers a succulent and slightly gamey flavour. The regions strong farming heritage is also well represented in our counties larder with a wealth of cheesemakers, traditional butchers, jams and pickle producers, cake, biscuits, dairy ice cream and pudding makers. Yet alongside the traditional you will find the unexpected…Cumbria’s Mr Vikki’s fusion pickle brand is loved by chilli lovers the country wide and recent new Cumbrian products I think are unmissable are the Magnificent Marshmallow Company’s lip smacking lemon variety and the simply divine Handmade Ice Cream Company’s gingerbread ice cream. Cumbria’s brewing industry is booming. From CAMRA decorated traditional ales like Loweswater Gold to up and coming craft breweries, if you love ale you are in for a treat. Our county not only offers interesting food it offers a whole range of exciting food experiences. I would urge you to visit one of the many wonderful independent farm shops, butchers, bakers, deli and cheese shops as you travel around the county or to take in one of our counties many farmers markets. If you are visiting in the summer taking in an agricultural show is another brilliant way to experience Cumbrian produce from field to fork with livestock on show, cookery and bakery competitions and food tents bursting with local produce. Come feast!

Philip Cranston Philip’s family business Cranstons Quality Butchers have been championing local produce, since 1914. Cranstons Cumbrian Food Halls showcase Cranstons own traditional butchery produce along with food and drink from almost 50 Cumbrian producers.


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Great Taste Award Winner

Taste Cumbria Retailer of the Year Winner – Low Sizergh Barn, P29 Highly Commended – Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, P37 Taste Cumbria Dining Experience of the Year Winner – The Cottage in the Wood, P16 Highly Commended – George and Dragon, Clifton, P12 The Cumbria Tourism Awards celebrate the best that Cumbria has to offer and have just celebrated their 14th year. Watch out for this year’s outstanding food and drink businesses as you browse the following pages. For more information visit: golakes.co.uk/awards

Large Hotel of the Year Winner – Waterhead Hotel, P24 Guest Accommodation of the Year & Wedding Venue of the Year Winner – Askham Hall, P20 Tourism Experience of the Year Highly Commended – The Lakes Distillery, P17



PUBS INNS AND BREWERIES Visit some of Cumbria’s most popular country and award winning pubs and you will not be disappointed. You’ll find extensive beer and wine menus paired with the tastiest snacks served at the bar and offering the most satisfying home cooked meals you will ever find. Many of our pubs and inns come with stylish cosy rooms and lounges ready to retreat to in the evening.

garden – whatever the weather, you will find exactly what you are looking for in the Lake District, Cumbria.

From tours to tastings and beers to whiskies, there is so much more to discover and learn when visiting a brewery or distillery, and we have many to choose from as we are the UK’s most densely populated area of microbreweries. Food and drink festivals make There is nothing more regular appearances on our rewarding after the end of a busy events calendar too beautiful walk than a pint of often lasting two or three days local ale from a traditional bar with live music and BBQs on either inside by a roaring fire on hand to make it a weekend to a crisp winters day, or catching remember. the rays in a sun trapped beer



George and Dragon Clifton

Home grown and locally sourced food..

George & Dragon, Pub & Restaurant Clifton, Penrith, CA10 2ER | 01768 865 381 www.georgeanddragonclifton.co.uk


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Unsworth’s Yard

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Courtyard shopping, artisan food and drink. Home to Unsworth’s Yard Brewery, Cartmel cheeses & deli, Red Pepper kitchenware fine wines & spirits and The Mallard Tea Shop. Use tables provided in the landscaped courtyard, or tasting room, to enjoy our fine produce. Open every day. 07810 461313 peter@unsworthsyardbrewery.co.uk 4 Unsworth’s Yard - Cartmel - Cumbria - LA11 6PG


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The Masons Arms

The Masons is a fine place to dine. Our staff manoeuvre through the busy bar and dining rooms with popular dishes such as Lakeland damson and pork sausage, local game, roasted belly pork, Cartmel lamb shank and many more, almost all of which are locally sourced. Couple these great dishes with a range of excellent wines and dozens of fine beers and you will understand why the Masons Arms is award winning. The Masons Arms, Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell, Grange Over Sands, LA11 6NW 015395 68486 | www.masonsarmsstrawberrybank.co.uk


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Keswick Brewery


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The Vats Bar

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RESTAURANTS & FINE DINING Secluded country houses, stately homes with elegant gardens, stylish townhouse restaurants, Cumbria has it all.

winning restaurant hidden away in the most secluded settings with taste sensation menus just waiting to be discovered.

Fine dining restaurants showcasing the finest local produce direct from neighbouring farms or their very own bustling kitchen gardens, coupled with spectacular views give you an experience you won’t find anywhere else in the country.

We have tables for two, perfect for an intimate romantic meal or room for the whole family to celebrate in style. Why not book the chefs table for a front row view and sit back in amazement at the level of creativity carefully captured and served in every dish?

Sample local bistros with outside terraces offering light snacks and thirst quenching cocktails. Choose an award

Whatever the occasion we can find the menu to suit your culinary needs and satisfy those taste buds.



RESTAURANTS & FINE DINING The Cottage in the Wood


Miller Howe

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Oscar’s at Abbey House

Rambler’s Bar- Inn on the Lake

Where better than the award winning Oscar’s Restaurant, surrounded by the beautiful Cumbrian Lake District, to unwind, relax and indulge yourself? All dishes are prepared to order. If you are a vegetarian or have any special dietary requirements, please inform our restaurant staff and we will be delighted to cater for your needs.

All dishes are prepared to order. If you are a vegetarian or have any special dietary requirements, please inform our restaurant staff and we will be delighted to cater for your needs.

Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA13 0PA T: 0844 8262091 abbeyhousehotel.com | Follow us on Twitter and Facebook


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Bistro at the Distillery

Daily fixed price menu* 2 courses for £16.95 3 courses for £19.95 the

Call: 017687 88850 www.bistroatthedistillery.com



*Menu will change weekly. Monday - Saturday only. (12 - 3pm & 5.30 - 7pm)

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Open every day from 5pm until late (from 11am at weekends) food until 9.30pm (booking advisable)

Lucy’s on a plate Restaurant. The perfect place to enjoy an alternative dining experience – whether it’s a relaxing, romantic evening, a family/friends get together or perhaps you’re having a party to celebrate an occasion Lucy’s on a plate has something for everyone and puts the ‘oo’ back into food in a fun, unique and memorable way. Enjoy a in the bar … or simply drop in for your ‘Just Desserts’. Gluten and Wheat free choices are our speciality – no need to miss out. Our personalised and individual styled menus tasty whatever your culinary preference.


Lucy’s on a plate • Church Street Ambleside Cumbria LA22 0BU www.lucysofambleside.co.uk • 015394 32288


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Sacfell Hotel

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Overwater Hall


Stonecross Manor Hotel

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Grainstore Restaurant


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The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa

THE WORDSWORTH HOTEL AND SPA is a truly historic and beautify appointed 4* Lake District Hotel with a country house feel that offers a classic mix of warm hospitality, modern appointments, indoor heated pool, award winning food and indulgent spa treatments, set within 2 acres of riverside garden. The Wordsworth SIGNATURE RESTAURANT is one of the best Lake District Restaurants, serving superb food and wine. The Rosette Awarded Signature Restaurant has a great wine list which includes more than 130 wines to suit every pocket and palette. Enjoy more informal dining, pub food and local ales in the Dove Bistro or afternoon tea in the Conservatory. www.thewordsworthhotel.co.uk | 015394 35592


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Askham Hall


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Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel

The seasons are the thought behind our food.

Restaurant | Private Dining | Spa | Hotel Askham Hall | Askham, Penrith, CA10 2PF | 01931 712 350 www.askhamhall.co.uk


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Linthwaite House

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RESTAURANTS & FINE DINING Castle Diary Restaurant & Art Gallery

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Zeffirellis & Fellinis

The Halston - Bartons Yard

Ambleside’s Finest Zeffirellis & Fellinis

Bistro Bar

Ambleside’s most popular award-winning restaurants and cinemas serving Italian inspired vegetarian cuisine and screening the latest cinema releases.

www.thehalston.com/bartons-yard 01228 210240 • 20-34 Warwick Road, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 1AB Brand Identity / Option 7

Zeffirellis, Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9AD 015394 33845 • zeffirellis.com Fellinis, Church Street, Ambleside LA22 9BT 015394 32487 • fellinisambleside.com


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RESTAURANTS & FINE DINING English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues

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Storrs Hall

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CAFÉS AND TEAROOMS Tucked away in the villages or in the heart of a bustling town centre, a café or tearoom is always close by. Before a day on the fells, stock up on a crispy bacon butty made with succulent Cumbrian pork, bred from a neighbouring farm with soft artisan bread baked just hours before. Wash it down with a coffee or two made from the freshest roasted coffee beans or a pot of tea with the finest of leaves leaving you refreshed and content to start your day.

afternoon tea made with love and affection - just perfect for spending time with the people who matter the most. Bite sized cakes, a selection of sandwiches and freshly baked scones would not be complete without a glass of fizz or quirky cocktail to get the afternoon off to the perfect start. Whatever your plans, don’t forget to stop for cake and a well-deserved brew or perhaps you’ll feel inspired to whip up your own fantastic feast and get some top tips at a local cookery school run by one of our professional chefs.

Whether it’s a birthday treat or a catch up with friends, plan ahead for an indulgent




Gillam’s Tearoom


George Fisher’s Cafe With its spectacular mountain Views Wholesome food made using fresh, local produce

Award Winning Tearoom & Specialist Grocers

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‘Top Ten UK Tearoom’ THE TIMES


2 Borrowdale Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5DA Tel: 017687 72178 www.georgefisher.co.uk

64 Market Street, ULVERSTON, Cumbria LA12 7LT

01229 587564 www.gillams-tearoom.co.uk


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Lowther Castle & Gardens


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Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall

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Bay View Garden Centre & Potting Shed

Low Sizergh Barn


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Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

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The Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden


The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden serves a range of locally sourced foods, artisan breads, home baked cakes and real barista coffee, and includes a gift shop and art gallery. The café has a stunning 100 foot long glass wall looking down on the octagonal walled garden and up to Skiddaw; the walled garden built from reclaimed materials sits on the same spot as the old kitchen gardens which Beatrix Potter credited as her original inspiration for Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Entry to the garden is free and the café is open from 9am until 6pm daily, or dusk in winter. You can get to Lingholm by car, we are just 5 minutes from the A66, with a free car park for customers. Catch the Keswick launch to the Lingholm Jetty, or arrive by foot along the Catbells path, it’s just a 10 minute walk from Portinscale or a flat, gentle 35 minute walk from Keswick.

Tel: 017687 71026 www.thelingholmkitchen.co.uk The Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden, Portinscale, CA12 5TZ

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Harry’s Cafe & Bar


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Weavers Cafe at Farfieldmill

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Aira Force

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RETAILERS & PRODUCERS No visit to Cumbria would be complete without some seriously special savoury souvenirs to stock up your cupboards back home or share with friends for the perfect gift. Foodie delicacies are always close at hand with regular farmers markets across the county providing an array of delicious tastes and textures. Lake District Herdwick Lamb is famed for its flavour, as is traditional Cumberland Sausage but there is plenty more to tantalise your taste buds.

Try out our traditional, hand-made chutneys, jams and gingerbread. Or tuck into some delectable cheeses, cured meats and artisan breads. Take a stroll around our many ancient market towns that exude olde worlde charm with independent food and drink stockists galore in the likes of Ulverston, Cockermouth, Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale. For sweets and cakes, stop off in one of our flavoursome quirky villages full of tasty treats. With characterful villages like Grasmere, Cartmel, Broughton in Furness and Hawkshead, you’ll will be spoilt for choice.



Relish your visit to Hawkshead

Relish ®

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www.hawksheadrelish.com ● 015394 36614 Map Ref : E10



Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall


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Grasmere Gingerbread

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Visitor Information Points and Tourist Information Centres offer a local drop-in service which includes basic information and free leaflets for visitors.

Alston TIC Town Hall, Front Street, CA9 3RF Tel 01434 382244 alston.tic@eden.gov.uk MJ5

Grange-over-Sands TIC Victoria Hall, Main Street, LA11 6DP Tel 015395 34026 MF12

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Ambleside TIC Central Buildings, Market Cross, LA22 9BS Tel 0844 225 0544 tic@thehubofambleside.com MF9

Kendal TIC Made in Cumbria 48a Branthwaite Brow, LA9 4TX Tel 01539 735891 info@kendaltic.com MG10

Appleby TIC Moot Hall, Boroughgate, CA16 6XE Tel 017683 51177 tic@applebytown.org.uk MJ7

Keswick TIC Moot Hall, Market Square, CA12 5JR Tel 0845 9010845 keswicktic@lakedistrict.gov.uk ME7

Bowness-on-Windermere TIC Glebe Road, LA23 3HJ bownesstic@lakedistrict.gov.uk Tel 0845 9010845 MF10

Kirkby Lonsdale TIC 24 Main Street Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2AE 015242 71437 M12

M Wheelchair Access G1 Map Reference Barrow VIP The Forum 28 Duke Street Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1HU Dalton VIP Dalton Town Hall, Station Rd, Dalton-In-Furness, LA15 8DT Tel 01229 464000 Grasmere VIP Weavers/ Post Office The Old Coach House, Stock Lane, Grasmere, Ambleside, LA22 9SJ Lanercost VIP Lanercost Experience, Lanercost, Brampton, CA8 2HQ Maryport VIP Lake District Coast Aquarium South Quay, Maryport, CA58AB Millom VIP Millom Council Centre, St Georges Road, Millom, LA18 4DD Rheged VIP Rheged Centre, Penrith CA11 0DQ Tel 01768 860034 tic@rheged.com MG7 Silloth VIP Solway Coast Discovery Centre, Liddel Street, CA7 4DD Tel 016973 31944 sillothtic@allerdale.gov.uk MC4 Pooley Bridge VIP Ullswater Steamers Information, Finkle Street, Pooley Bridge, LA15 8RQ Waterhead VIP Windermere Lake Cruises, Waterhead Pier, Ambleside, LA22 0EY

Brampton TIC Moot Hall, Market Place, CA8 1RW Tel 016977 3433 MG3 Broughton-in-Furness TIC Town Hall, The Square, LA20 6JF Tel 01229 716115 broughtontic@btconnect.com MD11 Carlisle TIC Old Town Hall, Greenmarket, CA3 8JE Tel 01228 598596 tourism@carlisle.gov.uk MF4 Cockermouth TIC 4 Old Kings Arms Lane, CA13 9LS Tel 01900 822634 cockermouthtouristinformationcentre@ btconnect.com MC6 Coniston TIC Ruskin Avenue, LA21 8EH Tel 015394 41533 mail@conistontic.org ME10 Egremont TIC 12 Main Street, CA22 2DW Tel 01946 820693 tic.lowescourt@btconnect.com MB9


Kirkby Stephen TIC Market Street, CA17 4QN Tel 017683 71199 visit@uecp.org.uk MK9 Penrith TIC Robinson’s School, Middlegate, CA11 7PT Tel 01768 867466 pen.tic@eden.gov.uk MG7 Sedbergh TIC 72 Main Street, LA10 5AD Tel 015396 20125 tic@sedbergh.org.uk MJ10 Ullswater TIC Main Car Park, Glenridding, CA11 0PA Tel 0845 9010845 ullswatertic@lakedistrict.gov.uk MF8 Windermere Information TIC Victoria Street, LA23 1AD Tel 015394 46499 windermereinformation@gmail.com MF10


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The best places to eat and drink in Cumbria and The Lake District.

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The best places to eat and drink in Cumbria and The Lake District.