The Lake District is fast becoming the foodie destination of the north with an array of Michelin starred restaurants, micro-breweries and craft beer shops, artisan cafés and coffee shops and good old-fashioned Lakeland pubs serving homemade classics.
If you can’t get to the Lake District right now to taste your favourite Cumbrian treat, there’s no need to worry. The selection below are all available for delivery to your door. Although nothing beats the smell of freshly baked gingerbread as you walk through the village of Grasmere, being able to enjoy it at home comes pretty close.
Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread
Victorian cook Sarah Nelson created Grasmere Gingerbread back in 1854 in the village of Grasmere. The reputation of this unique, spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and a cake has spread and is now enjoyed by food lovers all over the world.
Grasmere Gingerbread is the perfect snack for walking the fells, exploring the village or now even in the comfort of your own home. They are now running a limited mail order service Monday – Thursday, so you can get your gingerbread fix.
To order, simply visit the Grasmere Gingerbread website.
Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding
Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding is award-winning and remains number one with pudding lovers. This famous pudding was first baked in the back of the village shop over 20 years ago and is still handmade today using 100% natural ingredients.
As well as Sticky Toffee Pudding, they also sell a range of delicious crumbles and sauces, including our favourite, Sticky Chocolate Pudding.
You can buy their yummy puddings online here.
Shed 1 Gin
Shed 1 Gin launched in October 2016 in the market town of Ulverston on the edge of the Lake District. They produce small-batch, classically distilled, award-winning, craft gin that’s “smooth enough to be sipped, bold enough to be mixed.”
This year, Shed 1 Gin have again made the final of Cumbria Life’s Best Drinks Producer. With 6 gins under their belt, 2 liqueurs and a gin marmalade, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! Our favourite has to be the limited edition ‘Shed Loads of Love’ – rose petals, lavender and strawberries with a delicate hint of chilli, delicious!
If you fancy a tipple, then look no further than Shed 1 Gin. Their online shop continues to offer free, first-class, postage. Plus, order during lockdown with discount code ‘ginstar’ and save 10% off all products including experiences (offer excludes gift packs).
Hawkshead Relish Company
The Hawkshead Relish Company is an artisan producer of award-winning preserves based in the pretty village of Hawkshead. Having started with a small range of 2-3 products, they now produce over 100 products and have won over 60 Great Taste Awards.
Why not try their Salted Caramel Sauce for the ultimate pancakes or Bloody Mary Ketchup for a wicked condiment?
Order your chutneys and preserves via their online shop where you can also browse some of their top recipes for light bites, mains and sweet treats.
Lakeland Artisan is an award-winning artisan food and drink company producing high-quality, hand-crafted products located in Windermere.
The company produces delicious preserves, chutneys and fruit syrups under Cumbrian Delights, a range of soft drinks and cordials as Mawson’s Original Drinks, a range of Gin, Vodka, Rum and Whiskey Liqueurs as Lakeland Liqueurs and finally, Lakeland Hampers that brings all the brand together as well as other quality local produce.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or send a treat to a loved one, this is a one-stop-shop for everything you could want that is Cumbrian.
To shop at Lakeland Artisan, click here.