Food Heroes & Pop-Ups

Romney's Kendal Mint Cake

There is arguably nothing more Cumbrian than Kendal Mint Cake. George Romney Ltd are a fourth generation local business who started out back in 1918 when Mr Sam. T .Clarke began production. A team of 16 now make 100 tonnes of the sweet hiker-fuelling treat every year and are a bona fide local institution.

Booths Supermarkets

Booths could give Romney's a run for their money in terms of Cumbrian institution status. Since 1847 the high-end supermarket have worked closely with local suppliers from the Northern counties to bring quality local produce to their 28 stores. Their meat and fish counters are not to be missed.  

The Pie Mill

The husband and wife team who can often be found pulling pints behind the bar at their gorgeous boozer at The Queens Head in Tirril are also proud owners of a local pie empire. The Pie Mill has been going strong since 2005 making sweet and savoury pies using traditional methods and all local ingredients. Their award-winning Blencathra Beef in Ale Pie is a showstopper.     

The Lakes Distillery

Paul Currie is the original founder of the Lakes Distillery and a man with whisky in his blood. His ambitious plan was to create world-leading whiskeys, vodkas and gins using the land of the Lakes; and all alongside what he describes as "one of the most unique visitor experiences in the Lake District". The Lakes Distillery is a must for booze enthusiasts everywhere.

Hawkshead Relish

This Hawkshead village artisan establishment is the proud owner of...wait for it...FIFTY Great Taste Awards. From a restored 16th century barn on the edge of Esthwaite Water they produce marmalades, chutneys, pickles and relishes that are now a byword for delicious condiments. Their Black Garlic Ketchup is a revelation. 

Magnificent Marshmallow Company

Carla and Steven are the life-loving tour-de-force husband and wife duo behind this ever-growing marshmallow empire. Carla started out experimenting with using fruits, oils, natural flavourings and high quality chocolate in marshmallows as a treat for her husband. They've now quit the day jobs and dedicate their time to making mountains of marvellous marshmallows.           

Claire's Handmade 

Like all great preserves companies should, Claire’s Handmade began in a home kitchen back in 2003 with Claire's mother’s Aga jam pan and her grandmother’s plum chutney recipe. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength with the inimitable Claire heading up a team of enthusiastic experts who use natural ingredients, small batches and traditional methods. 

Kitridding Farm Shop

This award-winning family business sells farm-to-table, native breed, traditionally butchered meats from its stunning farm shop sitting pretty between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Whilst you're there picking up your meat for dinner, don't miss the beautiful tearooms for homemade scones and preserves.       

Cumbrian Legendary Ales

This Old Hall Brewery on the shores of Esthwaite Water is most famous for its award-winning Loweswater Gold. But don't miss their other exciting offerings, all made using Lake District Fell water and the best of English malts. They've been making ales since 2003 when they started out with a meagre three-barrel kit, so they know a thing or two about the amber nectar.   


Carvettii Coffee Roasters

Cumbria's most exciting coffee roasters buy green coffee beans from around the globe as close to harvest as possible and roast them fresh to order each week. They work closely with farmers from Colombia, Guatemala and beyond to bring some of the world's most interesting and reliably-sourced coffee to the area. Their monthly coffee subscriptions are a great way of trying new brews.