Over the last 20 years the Lake District has become a major attraction for gourmets from all over the world. The area is full of culinary delights whether it is the local artisan baker or the Michelin starred restaurants. All of which contribute to the taste of Cumbria. Few similar sized counties, if any, can boast of so many top notch restaurants, great pubs in great locations, lovely tea rooms and cafés, award winning food and drink producers and such a large range of food and farm shops to savour. Underlying much of this success is the quality of a lot of our local produce. A major plus is that so much of the food is home grown or, in the case of beef and lamb and sheep reared in Cumbria. In fact the mighty Cumberland sausage recently joined the ranks of those foods – like Cornish clotted cream and Parma ham – that are protected by the European Union. Damson trees are plentiful in the Lyth and Winster valleys, south of Lake Windermere, so look out for the fruit in sorts of different products like jam, jelly, chutney, pickles, wine, beer, gin, syrups, vinegars, cake, bread, chocolate, ice cream, sorbets, cheese, pies, pickled damsons and more. Sticky toffee pudding is something you’ll see on plenty of menus and it’s also sold in specialist food and farm shops, along with artisan breads, local cheeses, bacon, sausages, butter, mustard, Cumbrian-made cake and much more. Cumbria is also getting a reputation for the quality of its locally produced beers. Most of them have distinct personalities and tastes, but all are brewed lovingly by people who recognise the importance and the joy of drinking real ale. Many of the local microbreweries encourage visitors so keep a look out for them and for the chance to see how proper beer is produced. The Lake District also has more than its fair share of café and tea shops and in recognition of them and of the great British’s public’s love of a cuppa, ‘Tea Trail Cumbria’ offers lovers of the outdoors a wonderful collection of rural tea shops. Ask in your Tourist Information Office for more details. If you want to know more about the restaurants, pubs, inns, food and farm shops, food and drink producers, tea rooms and cafés, and cookery and baking courses books like the Dymond Guide to Food and Drink in The Lake District, Cumbria is a good starting point. [space height=”0″]
Food & Drink in the Lake District
What our Travellers say
We saw loads of animals, bison, black and grizzly bear, elk, deer and even wolves in the distance. Waterfalls and lakes were magnificent and the trails that we walked were all so beautiful and well worth visiting.
Every turn held more beauty than we expected. We were humbled by the size of the surrounding peaks. The feeling of being in a cathedral never left us as we stopped in deserted spots and just gazed at our surroundings.
On our trip there was so much to do. We enjoyed outdoor activities and the adventurous things to do. We were nicely surprised and will be coming back for sure.
Expectations were to see lakes and mountains. But with National Park Traveller's help there was something to do everywhere we turned.
Never been somewhere where so many people say they keep coming back. Thank you for finding me this holiday destination.
We saw all of Las Vegas and really glad we've done it. All the hotels were amazing. I will always remember driving towards Las Vegas, you're just driving for hours through dessert and it suddenly pops up out of nowhere.
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