Food & Drink

The Lake District is renowned for the wide range of locally brewed beers and ales, with the art of brewing in Cumbria dating back hundreds of years. Below is a small amount of information on what is available.

Pubs and Beer

The Lake District is popular for the wide range of locally brewed beers and ales, with the art of brewing in Cumbria dating back hundreds of years.

There are a large number of locally brewed beers and ales from a number of the different towns and villages in the Lake District. Some of the most popular beers and ales include Farmers Ale, Bluebird Bitter, Old Man Ale, Carlisle State Bitter, Cocker Hoop, Cumberland Ale, John Bewsher’s Best Bitter and Grasmoor Dark Ale.

Some of the villages offer traditional farmer's markets throughout the Lake District. They offer superb places to pick up locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables. The most popular markets are the Penrith Farmers’ Market, the Carlisle Farmers’ Market and the Orton Farmers’ Market.

Cooking

Popular ingredients in Cumbrian Dishes include Pork. Even though the Cumbrian pig is extinct, recipes still have connections to the region, such as the Cumberland Ham and Cumberland Sausage. Waberthwaite Cumberland Sausage is one of the most famous of dishes of Cumbria and is even served for dinner at Buckingham Palace.

Another popular dish in the Lake District is seafood, mainly because of the huge selection of fish available within the many lakes. Salmon is one of the most popular choices and is the main ingredient in a number of popular Cumbrian dishes. Brown Shrimp, caught by local fishermen in Morecambe Bay, is another popular choice, cooked in a range of spices including ginger, nutmeg and pepper.

Grasmere village in the heart of the Lake District is famous for its Gingerbread, with the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop using Sarah Nelson’s secret gingerbread recipe since 1855.

Eating

The wide variety of food in Cumbria has its origins dating back 100’s of years with a range of different influences. The mix of traditional Cumbrian cuisine and some modern ingredients, flavours and trends create the unique Cumbrian taste.

A major part of cumbrian recipes is lamb and mutton, mainly Herdwicks, due to its unique taste. Herdwick sheep are reared on hill farms and moorlands all around the Lake District, and provide incredibly tasty Hedwick pate, smoked Herdwick meat and Herdwick burgers.

Mutton has always been a popular food throughout Cumbria, but did go through a period of decline and is now making a come back.

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