Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of northwest England, Cumbria is not only renowned for its stunning natural beauty but also for its vibrant culinary scene. With a rich agricultural heritage and a focus on sustainable practices, Cumbria has become a hotbed for food producers, offering an impressive array of locally sourced and crafted delicacies.
Known for its award-winning range of preserves, chutneys, and relishes, the Hawkshead Relish Company has become a household name in Cumbria. Using traditional family recipes and locally sourced ingredients, they create flavours that capture the essence of the region. Some of the new flavours that are worth trying are their Sriracha Ketchup and the Sticky Chilli Marinade or you can always stick with some of their best-selling products which include Black Garlic Ketchup, Westmorland Chutney and a classic Red Onion Marmalade.
No trip to Cumbria is complete without indulging in the world-famous Grasmere Gingerbread. Since 1854, this delightful treat has been handmade using a secret recipe passed down through generations. Its distinctive flavour and texture have made it an irresistible favourite among locals and tourists alike. Recently they have also introduced a Grasmere Gingerbread Ice cream and the combination of the two is a flavour sensation that shouldn’t be missed.
Located in Kendal, Low Sizergh Barn is a family-run farm that prides itself on sustainable farming practices. They offer an impressive range of high-quality dairy products, including cheese, milk, and butter, all made from the milk of their own herd of cows. The pride of place within their vast array of cheeses, are their very own Kendal Creamy, Kendal Crumbly and Kendal Crumbly with Red Onion, all of which make the best accompaniment to a cracker or are equally delicious served on their own.
For those with a sweet tooth, The Toffee Shop in Penrith is a must-visit. Established in 1910, this traditional confectionery produces mouthwatering toffees and fudges using age-old recipes and natural ingredients, making them an irresistible treat. Flavours range from Chocolate Fudge, Mint Fudge, Butter Fudge through to the very moreish Treacle Toffee. This is one destination that is a must stop off when visiting this area of Cumbria.
Cumbria is also home to some exceptional spirits, and The Lakes Distillery is a shining example. Nestled near Bassenthwaite Lake, this artisanal distillery produces premium whiskies, gins, and vodkas using locally grown barley and the pristine waters of the Lake District.
Claire’s Handmade is a family-run business based in Ulverston, specialising in a delectable range of artisan jams, jellies, and marmalades. With unique flavour combinations and a commitment to using only the finest ingredients, they have earned a well-deserved reputation for their exceptional preserves.
Cartmel Village Shop is synonymous with the irresistible sticky toffee pudding. Made using a secret recipe and the finest ingredients, this renowned dessert has gained international recognition and is served in some of the top restaurants across the world. Visit the shop to taste this heavenly treat or purchase their range of handmade artisan products.
Often referred to as the original Kendal Mint Cake as it dates back to 1918 and has been enjoyed across the globe, including no less when it was carried on the first successful summit of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, there aren’t many food brands that have that claim to fame. What many people don’t know is that Romneys also produce other products including Fudge, Treacle Toffee and a chocolate version of their classic mint cake.
This is just a small snapshot of Cumbria’s culinary landscape and what a true treasure trove of exceptional food producers it has, each offering a unique taste of the region’s rich heritage and natural abundance. From traditional family recipes to innovative creations, these 8 food producers in Cumbria have made their mark on both locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re a food enthusiast or simply looking to savour the flavours of the region, exploring these food and drink producers is sure to be a memorable experience.
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