It’ll be no surprise to you that we absolutely adore food and drink.
When we’re deciding what treats to fill our shop with, we have a very simple rule – do we love it? If we don’t like it, it won’t be in the shop. It’s the reason we don’t sell Biltong (I just can’t get on board with the texture) and why we were eating Mince Pies from August last year (well, we needed to make sure we sold the best…).
We’re so incredibly lucky in Cumbria. We have some phenomenal producers in the county, and those surrounding us, that are pushing boundaries and becoming true market leaders.
So in no particular order, here’s our top places you HAVE to try…
The Drunken Duck, Ambleside
This is our kind of pub. A roaring fire, dried hops hanging from beamed ceilings and absolutely delicious grub. Their Kipper Scotch Egg & Brown Sauce is perfect with a hearty glass of red in a cosy corner. If you fancy dinner, make sure you book – it gets very busy.
Longsands Fish Kitchen, Tynemouth
Our go to seafood spot. Longsands is an airy restaurant serving a daily changing menu, depending on what the local fishermen have landed that morning, with a huge focus on sustainability. They won best newcomer in the 2017 National Fish and Chips Awards and it’s pretty widely known that they do the best fish and chips in the area. If you’re hankering after some bloody good Oysters, grilled Tuna Steak or Roast Hake then this is definitely the place to go.
The Toffee Shop, Penrith
The Toffee Shop is famous countrywide and for very good reason. They’ve been making fudge and toffee to the same traditional recipe since 1910 and even have the royal stamp of approval!
Their fudge is hand crafted in small batches, so it cooks thoroughly and evenly – as soon as you open the door to their little shop you’ll be greeted by the most incredible smells of melting butter and boiling sugar.
Guy Fawkes Inn, York
Named for Guido Fawkes who was born where this handsome Georgian Inn stands, just around the corner from York Minster. It’s exactly how you’d imagine – dark panelled wood walls, long tapered candles and deep leather chairs. With a seasonal pub menu there’s always a tasty bite to be had. Our favourite is Gin Cured Salmon with sweet pickled cucumber and a side of Onion Rings… yum!
Hawkshead Brewery’s Beer Hall, Staveley
The Beer Hall is an absolute gem. There’s not much better than a really good pint of beer and you’ll find every single one pulled at Hawkshead is flawless. Open every day with their core range, small batch beers and tasty tapas, it’s the perfect spot to relax with friends and maybe take a brewery tour while you’re there.