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Food & Drink

The Lake District, Cumbria is fast gaining a reputation as a food lover's must-visit destination. Our locally sourced and produced food and drink are just some of the many things that make this county special. Each area has something to offer you and your appetite.

In Whitehaven, on the Western side of Cumbria, you can learn the rich history of the UK Rum trade. Sample the delights while learning the story.

Grasmere is the home of the famous, handmade gingerbread which is something everyone should try. You may have tried the World famous Kendal Mint Cake but have you tried Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding? A must for anyone that likes sweet treats!

Tired of your average, run of the mill sausages? Why not try a Cumberland Whirl, a local speciality, delicious and true to its traditional recipe. 

With locally brewed ales and locally produced food galore, the Lake District, Cumbria has a wealth of delights to make any foodie happy. Take your taste buds on holiday, go on they deserve it!

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Where to go for the finest food and drink?

Spoilt for choice? There is so much to choose from when it comes to Food and Drink in the Lake District, Cumbria.

World-class restaurants, Cosy pubs and inns serving hearty homemade food produced using the finest locally-sourced ingredients, and superb cafes and tea rooms, many serving homemade cakes and treats.

Search below and see what's on offer during your visit to Cumbria.

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Download your free 2020 Lake District food and drink guide - packed with information on the culinary gems to be found in Cumbria.

This guide is an essential part of your foodie experience, offering a diverse range of food and drink to appeal to all tastes.

Award winning pubs, Michelin starred restaurants and the best in local Cumbrian produce.

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Dine in Style

It sounds like a bit of a cliché, but on this occasion the use of a cliché is justified; You can’t pay a visit to Cumbria without taking full advantage of the local produce offered by our plentiful food and drink outlets. You don’t need a sat nav or an internal compass to navigate your way towards your supply of fine Cumbrian foods - all you need to do is follow your nose. Ok, it’s the second cliché in just one paragraph, but again – it’s justified.

From world-famous local delicacies like Grasmere Gingerbread to Cumberland Sausage, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Hawkshead Relish and Kendal Mint Cake, there’s plenty to sample. Cumbria is also the home of countless restaurants, specialising in the use of locally sourced ingredients which span the entire Lake District national park and stretch along more than 100 miles of coastline.

You can find out more about why so many kitchens in award winning pubs and Michelin starred restaurants are causing such a stir, by grabbing a spoon and browsing the categories below.

Would you like to hear more about food and dining in Cumbria? We have several eNewsletters that would keep you in the loop on any new offers or experiences.


Fancy a tipple?

Cumbria is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the world but it’s not just about the landscape – this place has its drinking down. From cosy country pubs, to delicious dives and sophisticated cocktail bars this county has it all.

With the soft water from the mountains making it perfect for brewing and distilling you can discover many locally produced ales from micro-breweries, sample gins, vodka and tasty cordials created using sourced ingredients such as elderflower, damsons and sloe.

So if you’re looking for a refreshing beverage and a place to relax with friends or family, check out our listings below.

Would you like to hear more about food and drink in Cumbria? We have several eNewsletters that would keep you in the loop on any new offers or experiences.



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Food and Drink Events

In an area so rich with local produce and excellent food, why not take a look at some of our Food and Drink events. Sample the delights on offer, tuck into an afternoon tea or maybe even try your hand at a food smoking course. The breadth and variety of food and drink events in the Lake District, Cumbria is indicative of the quality and variety of food and drink available. Go on - treat yourself!
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