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Penrith Black Hand Wine Shop

Sam Jary is the man behind this wine maker and merchant based in the charming Brunswick Yard Antiques and Salvage Centre in Penrith. And you can thank him for bringing a lovingly selected array of organic and biodynamic wines to Cumbria. Let him be your guide. 

More? Bakery, Kendal

Patrick started this Cumbrian baking stalwart over ten years ago, with a desire to bring an alternative to processed food to the region. From their restored 1952 vintage Artofex mixer (nicknamed Val after Patrick's mother) they supply breads and other baked goods to top-notch restaurants and food lovers across the region.


Brampton Supper Club

Sarah Lewis-Briggs recently decided to take her love of cooking from a hobby to a vocation. Her supper clubs are a not-for-profit opportunity to support her journey, raise money for Cook For Syria and try her delicious globe-trotting creations. 

The Plough, Lupton

This traditional roadside inn has been transformed into a high-end gastro-pub with five adjoining rooms. Kick back after a day out on the fells in a spot where the baths are free-standing, there's a roaring fire and there's even baked camembert on the menu. The epitome of cosiness.     

The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

This North Pennines inn started its life as a celestial cloisters for twelfth century monks. Overlooking the picturesque village of Blanchland, it boasts 21 guest rooms, a cosy pub and a restaurant where meats are cooked on the medieval fireplace. You'll never need to leave. 

Pentonbridge Inn, Penton

Husband and wife chef duo Jake and Cassie White opened this small hotel, pub and restaurant at the end of 2017 to rave reviews. The former Marcus Wareing proteges have come back to their native North to bring a confident, cosy and proudly Cumbrian spot, complete with kitchen garden. 

The Boundary, Windermere

It's harder than you'd think to find high quality holiday homes in the Lakes that sleep a larger crowd. That's what makes this Windermere spot so special. Come with a group of up to 14 of your nearest and dearest and you can all avail of the big sofas, wood burning stove, communal kitchen and views of the countryside. 

Another Place, Ullswater

This ambitious project is the first in a series of hotels that promise to offer the opportunity "to experience a new environment to its full, without losing a sense of home and belonging". Sitting on the shores of Ullswater, it takes a modernist yet homely approach to Lake District accomodation and is an incredibly exciting prospect for the area.  

Comida Food, Kendal

Couple Alba Basterra and Simon Perkin moved to the Lakes from London five years ago to set up a B&B. With one success under thier belts they've now moved on to their other passion - Spanish food. Alba's Valencian heritage brings a clear authenticity to the dishes coming out of the kitchen at this charming and bright tapas bar.

The Pig and Whistle, Cartmel

Never let it be said that Cartmel is just about Simon Rogan. This charning old-school pub, restaurant and mini hotel is the dream place to rest tired feet and feed hungry bellies after a day out walking. Husband and wife duo Tim and Emma couldn't stay away and they recently returned to the helm after a 15 year hiatus.  

For Your Reading Pleasure...

The Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St Aubyn is a collection of short stories making up a comprehensive whole and a head-spinning lesson in upper-class self-destructivism.  

Sabor by Nieves Barragan Mohacho is the long-awaited recipe book from the genius running things at London's favourite tapas mini-chain - Barrafina.

Life and Death on the New York Dancefloor by Tim Lawrence takes an edge-of-your-seat look at the world of disco in the early eighties. 

For Time Travellers: Cartmel...

Rogan and Co offers the perfect chance to get a taste of what Simon Rogan is all about if you didn't manage to get a booking at L'Enclume. 

Cartmel Cheeses is an impressive cave of both local and national cheeses that have clearly been curated by experts.

Holker Hall sits at the heart of 18,000 acres of rural Cumbria and is a dream place to spend a day strolling the gardens, touring the house or blowing some cash at the races

Cartmel Village Shop is the place to head for your sticky toffee pudding fix, laying claim to being its spiritual home.