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!
Fresh fresh fresh!
Brysons of Keswick are an award winning bakery who supply most of our bread and comes from just across the lake shortly after baking. To make breakfast even more special, you can treat yourself to milk, butter and free range eggs all from a nearby dairy in Windermere. Of course, if you are looking for a traditional full English Breakfast you’ll be wanting bacon and sausages! This is available in the Skelwith Fold shop from local suppliers Plumgarths (Pinks) along with a range of their other meats.
Hot drinks and sweet treats
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! Fortunately we have you covered there too. Our teas and coffees come from local supplier Pennington’s, based in nearby Kendal. If you want a coffee-to-go we can help there too with a bean-to-cup brew from our Tunki bean machine.
Fancy your hot drink as part of a snack break? To accompany the brew, you can treat yourself to a wide range of locally made goodies. You might like to try one of the range of tiffin, tray-bakes and other confectionery from Cakes from the Lakes in Keswick 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.
Cheese and pickles
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.
Locally produced beers and spirits
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. Very popular ales are always in stock from the Hawkshead Brewery. A few miles down the road from us is the Coniston Brewery – again always in stock. We keep several beers from the Cumbrian Ales range too! 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 with Grapevine at Thelkeld always helping us to find new wines and spirits that will be of interest.
Specially produced for Skelwtih Fold…
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.
Browsing our shelves you’ll find other items bearing the Skelwith Fold logo, all of which have been carefully selected to ensure we’re happy to put our name to these exclusive products found only on our shelves. To name just some of our self-branded items you’ll find wine, jams, marmalades, chutneys, pickles, slab cakes, biscuits, sweets and individual cakes.
Are you full yet?
Possibly. But we’ve thought about the Skelwith Fold locals too and we stock a wide range of bird and animal feed from Houghtons and Birds Bistro.
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!