Lovely Lakeland

ImageI know what you’re thinking, a whole blog post dedicated to the shop. She’s crazy. While I do love that place with reckless abandon (and yes I visited the cafe at the flagship store in Windermere), Lakeland is another name for the Lake District (I didn’t know before, but it now makes sense why the shop is called that!).

I recently spent a wonderful two weeks there filled with delicious food discoveries – I simply had to share!

As a dessert fiend, Cartmel the home of sticky toffee pudding and Simon Rogan (L’enclume) was a must-visit. It’s a really pretty little village and I had one of the best soups of my life in The King’s Arms. Of course, I came away with a sticky toffee pud from the Cartmel village shop… had to be done! One day I intend to return to dine at L’enclume.

Another gem is the Grasmere Gingerbread shop (the village is famous thanks to William Wordsworth) – the gingerbread is like none I’ve ever tasted: really spicy, crunchy and absolutely delicious. It’s still made by hand each day in the shop to the original Victorian recipe; well worth a visit. I also picked up a jar of ‘Cumberland Rum butter’, simply because I’d never heard of it and the label recommended spreading it on said gingerbread. Divine.

It wouldn’t be a trip up t’ north without a meat and potato pie. We popped into Peggy’s bakery in Ambleside (as recommended by the Good Pie Guide) before driving up to Derwent Water to walk up to Aira Force. The pie was an absolute treat after completing the, albeit short (and rainy), walk. Nicely seasoned, melt in the mouth slices of potato and perfectly flaky pastry. Yum.

All in all, a fab trip…amazing views and lovely food. What more can a girl want?

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