Cumbria & The Lake District may be best known for it’s dramatic scenery and fantastic views, but over the past decade we’ve become quite the haven for great flavors too. Mention Cumbrian food and the predominant reply will be ‘Cumberland sausage’ which in 2011 achieved protected geographical status by the EU.
To put it mildly Cumbrian cuisine does not start & finish with ‘the sausage’. We have a fantastic range of local produce from Damson Gin to Sticky Toffe Pudding, traditional jams & marmalades to flavorsome chillied pickles & condiments. A tour of Cumbria can result in taste overload if you know where to look. Regular blog readers will have seen in previous posts our love of all things produced by Starlys Spice Co and Mr Vikkis, but for something a little less spicy why not try some of the links below.
Damson Gin from Cowmire Hall - http://www.cowmire.co.uk/
Sticky Toffee Pudding from Cartmell - http://www.cartmelvillageshop.co.uk/
Cumbrian Rose Veal - www.heavesfarmveal.co.uk/
Hawkshead Relish - http://www.hawksheadrelish.com/
If cooking isn’t your favorite pastime it’s always nice to have someone else do the hard work whilst you enjoy the fruits of their labours. Dining out in Cumbria has never offered greater variety or quality with the pinnacle being Simon Rogans L’Enclume restaurant in Cartmel. Simon has recently been seen taking part in (and winning a course of) The Great British Menu.
Other great venues include Zeffirellis in Ambleside, Holbeck Ghyll Nr Troutbeck and The Samling.