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Foodie highlights from the Lake District

22 March 2017

The Lake District National Park is famous for high fells, deep glacial lakes and thriving rural communities. But did you know the National Park is also growing in reputation as a foodie destination?

Top of the foodie list has to be the Cumberland sausage, followed by Grasmere Gingerbread and Kendal Mint Cake. Let us introduce our local delicacies one-by-one for you now….

Cumberland Sausage

cumberland sausage


The traditional Cumberland Sausage boosts a distinction feature like no other sausage, it’s not linked but a long coiled shape.

This seasoned pork sausage must be chopped meat not minced, without colouring or preservative and the seasoning must be pepper in order for the sausage to claim the official stamp of a Cumberland Sausage.

When visiting the Lake District you’ll have plenty of opportunity to pick up or try this tasty sausage at local butchers, farmers markets and in many restaurants and local pubs across the patch. Enjoy folks.


Grasmere Gingerbread

grasmere gingerbread

Brace yourself guys. As this Grasmere Gingerbread is going to blow you away. 

Introducing Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread, guaranteed to be unlike any Gingerbread you’ve ever tasted before. 

The recipe has remained unchanged since the 1850s and is still sold in the original cottage where Sarah Nelson once lived and worked. 

The best part is when visiting to sample this tasty treat, you can check out the delights Grasmere has to offer too - and you’ll be equally charmed by your surroundings as well.


Kendal Mint Cake

Kendal Mint Cake

Kendal Mint Cake is a favourite energy source for mountaineers, walkers, fell runners and cyclists.  

Initially founded in Kendal in 1913 and owned and run by the JE Wilson & Sons family for four generations.

Kendal Mint Cake is not just well known in the Lake District. It has been used as an important engerg source for famous mountaineers and explores. Ernest Shackleton, polar explorer, was supplied Kendal Mint Cake to take with him on his 1914 to 1917 Imperial Trans-Arctic Expedition. Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay also supplied Kendal Mint Cake on their expedition to conquer Mount Everest in 1953.

Today, Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake boosts the strapline ‘The Perfect Travel Companion’ and is still a firm favourite for outdoor enthusiasts and those who simply enjoy the taste. Definitely worth stocking up whilst you’re here in the Lake District.

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