Food Heroes & Pop-Ups

The Apple Pie, Ambleside

This local favourite was opened back in 1975 by mother and son Winifred and David Fielding, when they turned a former petrol station and mechanic’s workshop into a café and bakery. The charming spot is now three generations deep, with Richard Fielding returning from work in London bakeries with a new-found expertise and passion for artisan baking.


Jeannies Kitchen Garden, Bampton

A large amount of what goes into Jeannie Murray's handmade preserves comes straight from her stunning walled garden at her home in Bampton. Here she uses two traditional preserving pans to brew up batches of award-winning jams and chutneys. Try the boozy options, like Three Fruit and Cointreau or Plum, Rum and Walnut. 


Hawkshead Brewery

Hawkshead's mission is simple - to "make the sort of beer that we like to drink". Since 2002 the small business has been creating brews with innovative flavours, using well-sourced ingredients. They proudly offer an array of thirst quenching session beers, big hopped pale ales, deep dark stouts and sours. 

Red Bank Coffee, Coniston

The crew at Red Bank see it as thier mission to teach the people of Cumbria just how good coffee can be. They source tasty, seasonal, ethically-produced, speciality-grade arabica coffee and roast it to retain the unique personality of each bean. Sign up to their subscriptions to experience an array of what they have to offer.  

Keswick Brewing Company 

Respect for the environment is at the very heart of everything that this small craft brwery does. Operating out of Keswick's oldest brewery since 2006, Herdwick sheep’s wool insulation lines their tanks and each and every bit of their equipment is designed to reduce energy usage.

John Watt Coffee Roasters and Tea Blenders, Carlisle

For genuine experience and tradition, look no further than this Carlisle institution that's been roasting coffee since 1865. Their blending recipes are closely guarded secrets and the stuff of local legend. Their Bank Street original location is a must for caffeine aficionados. 

Lovingly Artisan/ Bread and Fishes, Manchester  

Lovingly Artisan started out as a bakery launched by a local expert who trained at the College of Culinary Arts in Boston Massachusetts and the Grand Moulin de Paris. His lovingly crafted sourdoughs can now be devoured alongside classic brunch options at the ever-trusty Altrincham Market. 

Squawk Brewing Company, Manchester

There's something undeniably Manc about Squawk's output. From their label artwork to their brave approach to bold flavours, an independent and DIY spirit prevails. Don't miss the ‘Fusca’ - a big chocolate and vanilla stout that’s stored in Jack Daniels and Wild Turkey barrels.        

Atkinsons, Lancanster and Manchester

The Grasshopper Tea Warehouse, established in 1837 in Lancaster, is now a central hub for what these die-hard enthusiasts call "the centrepiece of a thriving independent coffee sector". They focus on "relationship coffee", building strong links with growers, roasters and cafes with a like-minded ethos across the globe. 

The Butcher's Quarter, Manchester

"We bring the farm to the city" is the rallying cry of this artisan butchers and deli in Manchester's Northern Quarter.  They source meat from Yorkshire, the Peak District and Lancashire and pride themselves on being able to advise customers on how to make the culinary best of their prize purchases.