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The Lake District's South Lakeland has a great reputation for the quality and uniqueness of its restaurants and food and drink scene, with popular brands consumed across the globe and local delicacies loved by Hollywood stars. Kendal Mint Cake, Grasmere Gingerbread, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cumberland sausage, Hawkshead Relish and Farrer’s tea and coffee are just a few of our own local stars – and they’re right here on our doorstep to enjoy!

Made In Cumbria’s retail outlets bring you the best of the region’s food and drink, from award-winning meat and cheeses to celebrated jams and relishes, all locally sourced and lovingly produced. Then there are the Lake District ales and beers, and special Lake District treats such as Damson Gin from the Lyth Valley. Recent years have seen many new micro breweries spring up, brewing beer by traditional methods in spectacular surroundings with high-quality ingredients.

Along with so many specialities to try, there are so many places to try them. Eat out at some of the traditional pubs and inns or enjoy the wealth of tea rooms and restaurants available. If you prefer getting hands on, why not sign up to one of the cookery courses on offer at Lucy Cooks in Staveley.

South Lakeland is full of culinary masterpieces, from simple loaves baked by artisan bakers to dishes in Michelin-starred restaurants. Taste the cutting-edge cuisine at L’Enclume in Cartmel, enjoy fine dining at the historic Castle Dairy in Kendal, or treat yourself to the luxury country house hotel experience at Holbeck Ghyll near Windermere.

Farm shops, including Low Sizergh Barn and Plumgarths, both near Kendal, offer a fantastic range of produce while markets in many towns and villages offer a great shopping experience. You can find more information about markets operated by South Lakeland District Council here. Keep an eye out for the Fairtrade sign on our products. With such a rich collection of producers and manufacturers, no wonder our food is such a success story. There truly is something for everyone’s taste - and everyone’s budget.