Here at Skelwith Fold, we are proud to have our own village-style shop on the park to cater for most of your needs while staying with us in the heart of the Lake District.
We take particular care to source our produce from local suppliers wherever possible. This gives our guests a range of local specialties and delicacies right on their doorstep while staying with us. It also cuts down dramatically on the ‘food miles’ of the goods in stock. We take a great deal of pride in being an ethically responsible park – cutting our impact on the environment and supporting local businesses is all a part of our mission!
We have our own limited range of fresh breads baked every morning in the shop. What can be better than waking up in the morning to a freshly baked croissant or pain au chocolate? To make breakfast even more special, you can treat yourself to milk, butter and free range eggs all from a nearby dairy in Windermere. You could also take the opportunity to pick up more specialised local breads too – direct from Coniston’s Fat Flour Bakery to you in our shop.
If you’ve just arrived and haven’t had the chance to fully wind down yet, you might still want a little kick of caffeine to get yourself going in the morning! Fortunately we have you covered there too. Our teas and coffees come from local supplier Pennington’s, based in nearby Kendal.
You might prefer your hot drinks a little later in the day as part of a snack break – we certainly do! To accompany the brew, you can treat yourself to a wide range of locally made goodies. Cartmel boasts of being the home of sticky toffee pudding, and we have the original in our shop from Cartmel itself. If you’d like to branch out beyond the sticky toffee pudding, you might like to try one of the range from Bowness Pudding Company also available at the Skelwith Fold shop. And if we’re talking sweet, you cannot forget the family favourite: ice cream! We are delighted to have a range of locally produced ice creams from English Lakes Ice Cream.
Perhaps the most famous dessert from the Lakes, however, is the one taken up Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hilary, Sherpa Tensing Norgay and the Everest Expedition. We are talking, of course, about Kendal mint cake! The ‘World Famous’ Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake was first produced in 1918, and over a century later you can find it in our shop on the park.
If you would sooner pick savoury over sweet, then we have you covered there too. Who can turn down a gorgeous cheese platter? We certainly can’t… And we have cheese made locally available for you fresh from the Cheese Larder in Kendal. Whether you prefer a mild cheddar or a strong blue, take a look at the selection to find what tickles your pickle!
Speaking of pickle – you might want to add a special something to your cheese course. Or any other course, of course! We are pleased to have a range of relishes produced mere miles down the road from Skelwith in the beautiful village of Hawkshead. Our relishes come from the Hawkshead Relish Company, and in our (biased) opinion, they are all lovely!
For something fresher, you might prefer some fruit for a snack or some vegetables to go into your meal – assuming you’re not eating out. We get all of our fruit and veg fresh from local supplier McClures in Windermere.
After so much tasty goodness, you will no doubt want to wash it down with a nice drink. We have a wonderful selection of beer, ales and other drinks from some of the amazing local breweries here in the Lakes. Hawkshead boasts not only the relish company, but also the Hawkshead Brewery. Another couple of miles down the road is the Coniston Brewery – also in stock here at Skelwith. Meanwhile, even closer to Skelwith, is Barngates Brewery based in Ambleside. If you prefer liquor to beer we have you covered there too, thanks to the Lakes Distillery who provide our gin, vodka and other spirits.
We also have our own exclusive Wild Ale and Wild Pilsner in shop. Brewed at Farm Yard Ales microbrewery in neighbouring Lancashire – next door to our sister park, Moss Wood – this specially produced range bares the name of the Wild Family who run the park. Not only are all the ingredients locally sourced, but their crops are helpfully pollinated by bees kept at Moss Wood. To say thank you to the bees, we donate a penny for every pint sold to a local bumblebee conservation charity to help protect one of the most important parts of our natural ecosystem.
Of course, this is all just a taster, with much more available in the shop. Come down and take a look while you’re staying with us. You might just find a new favourite treat!