Enjoying locally made food and drink is a highlight for many people when on holiday. Sampling produce which uses a traditional recipe and locally sourced ingredients can literally give you a better flavour of the area.
This is no different if you’ve chosen to visit Cumbria for your holiday. There are a number of dedicated people who are committed to producing some of the best examples of food and drink you will find in the UK.
To help get your taste buds tingling we’ve listed some of the best Lake District food and drink. And if you’re staying at our Lake District campsite you won’t have to travel to buy any as all of them are available in our well stocked shop.
The Best Lake District Food
Cartmel Pudding Company
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth then you have to try some of the wonderful puddings made by the Cartmel. The firm favourite with most people is of course their sticky toffee pudding however they also have banana, ginger, chocolate and apple flavours. Additional they produce seasonal specials of Christmas and figgy pudding.
Cartmel is a small family-owned business based in the South Lakes area of Cumbria. All their puddings are made using 100% natural ingredients.
English Lakes Ice Cream
Ever met anyone who doesn’t like ice cream? Us neither! We think the the amazing flavours made by English Lake Ice Cream are pretty special. They have three main ranges of luxury, classic and sorbet. Plus they have recently introduced a vegan range which includes six flavours.
Our favourite has to be their Thunder and Lightening luxury ice cream. It was first made when there was a thunderstorm going on over Kendal and the makers realised that their product looked the same! It is made with dairy ice cream, cinder toffee and chocolate sauce. Lake District food doesn’t get any sweeter or more delicious than this!
The Hawkhead Relish company have swiftly established themselves as one of the best produces of all things condiment! If you can spread it or dollop it onto your plate to take your food to the next level then make sure its made by these talented guys.
They have extensive ranges of chutneys, jams, marmalades and mustards. As well as some more unusual jars of black garlic ketchup and a number of seasonal specialities.
Town End Dairy
You can guarantee that only the best dairy produce will be delivered by Town End Dairy in Windermere. Their happy herd of cows feast on the luscious pastureland not far from our caravan park. This means you can be sure that the milk you buy from our shop has not had to travel far before it hits your cup of tea or cereal bowl.
The Cheese Larder
If you prefer savoury over sweet food then be sure to sample some of the great produce made by The Cheese Larder. They are the Lake District’s only specialist cheese supplier, founded in 1990. They specialise in British Territorial, British Rural, and Continental cheeses.
The Best Lake District Drinks
Although no longer based in Hawkshead this brewery is still very much a local business. Now situated in Staveley near Kendal they produce a range of beers to suit any taste. As well as a shop and bar serving lunches, you can also book a brewery tour to see for yourself how their amber nectar is made.
Nestled away behind the Black Bull in Coniston is the Coniston Brewing Company. This is another local brewery which produces some fine beer. It is where Bluebird Bitter is made which won Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 1998 at the Great British Beer Festival Olympia London. It has continued to be awarded accolades of recent years.
Cumbrian Legendary Ales
Cumbrian Ales is a craft brewery lying on the shores of Esthwaite Water at the southern edge of Hawkshead village in the Lake District. Established in 2003 their beers are all produced using wonderful Lake District Fell water.
Their beer range is a mixture of modern and classic. It includes Loweswater Gold, a past Champion Golden Ale of Britain. Check out their range of beers.
Although not technically local producers our two main suppliers of wine and spirits are most definitely based close to us in the Lakes…
Lakeland Vintners is an independent family owned wine merchants founded in 1973. They supply wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks to the Hotel and Restaurant Industry.
Based in Keswick, Grapevine Wines are a local company to us. They offer customers a comprehensive and friendly service they can rely on. They supply us with a number of red, wine, rose and sparkling wines which we are available to buy on our shop.
Tea and Coffee
Penningtons Tea & Coffee
Choose from our exceptional range of house blends, speciality, micro lot and seasonal coffees. Hand roasted to order at our roastery in Kendal.
Fine teas sourced from around the world and selected for their quality and flavour. They use only the best quality leaf tips, to ensure a brew that you and your family will savour.
Remember that you can pick up all the above delicious local produce and drinks in the park shop at Skelwith Fold!