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Taste of Cumbria

Taste of Cumbria

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Check out this quick bite of some of the delights awaiting your clients in Cumbria. And don’t forget to share with your clients to whet their appetites for fun foodie experiences.

A Sensory Feast

Known as Britain’s “Lake District,” Cumbria is blessed with staggering beauty, captivating generations of visitors with its sparkling lakes, secret valleys and picturesque villages. But Cumbria isn’t only a feast for the eyes—its culinary offerings are just as inspiring, from charming country pubs to the highest concentration of Michelin stars outside of London. In fact, the Lake District's status as one of the most mouth-watering foodie destinations in the UK has been boosted with the addition of an extra Michelin star, bringing Cumbria's tally to five now.

Cumbria is renowned for locally sourced and carefully crafted Northwestern food and drink. This predominantly rural county is home to many farms that produce the highest quality meats, giving rise to delicacies like Cumberland Sausage, a product so iconic it has been granted Protected Geographical Indication status. Salt marsh lamb, which has grazed on the salt marshes of the Cartmel peninsula, is another specialty, considered more flavorful than other varieties. On the sweeter side of things, Cumbria’s culinary gems include Grasmere Gingerbread, Kendal Mint Cake and sticky toffee pudding. Local brews are another top treat, thanks to the Jennings brewery—which supplies a variety of beers to many of the area’s pubs and offers regular brewery tours—as well as a slew of award-winning microbreweries.

See and Do

As Cumbria is considered one of the most beautiful regions in the U.K., no trip to the area would be complete without a few activities in the great outdoors. Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in the region is a must—at Bowness-on-Windermere, visitors can enjoy sailing and water sports on the lake. Other options include visits to farms, seasonal guided foraging walks and tours at the Lakes Distillery, complete with a tutored tasting of whisky, gin and vodka. To pair more delightful bites with the stunning scenery, visitors can attend the Taste Cumbria Food Festival, with events throughout the year. The annual flagship festival in Cockermouth features producer stalls, demonstrations and classes, pop-up dining events and more during a weekend-long culinary celebration.

Cumbria’s historical treasures make for just as memorable moments as its lush landscape. Top attractions include Hill Top, the 17th-century farmhouse of Beatrix Potter, author of the classic Peter Rabbit stories. Another historic highlight is Rydal Mount, the beloved family home of William Wordsworth, which includes a five-acre garden that he designed. Advisors can also recommend that clients take an exciting trip on the Ravenglass & Eskale Railway, a heritage steam engine experience, or visit Muncaster Castle for a tour and afternoon tea in the Billiard Room.

Sweet Tooth Satisfied

Some of Cumbria’s most iconic dishes have long been pleasing lovers of sweet treats. Take Grasmere Gingerbread, which has been made since the 1850s in the Lakeland village of Grasmere. This isn’t your ordinary gingerbread! More intensely flavored than its traditional counterpart, this ginger-flavored shortbread is topped with sandy, sugary, gingery crumbs. Oh, and it’s only available in a single shop, so it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. While sticky toffee pudding is a favorite throughout Britain, Cartmel village shop is famous for its offerings, which are available throughout Cumbria. This steamed dessert consists of a very moist sponge cake made with chopped dates or prunes, smothered in toffee sauce and often served with vanilla custard or ice cream.

Getting Around

The Lake District is easily accessible via rail from several other points in England. Manchester to the charming village of Windermere, for example, is just one hour and 45 minutes, while London to Windermere is three and a half hours. Trains are also available to several other key locales within the Lake District, such as Oxenholme, Carlisle, Barrow, Kendal and Penrith.

Cumbria Suggested Itineraries

Whether your clients just want a taste of the beauty of Cumbria and the English Lake District or have time for some leisurely explorations, Avanti Destinations has itineraries that feature all the highlights. The 3-day Lake District Getaway features a night in Grasmere, Cumbria’s most popular village, and one night in Windermere, a charming village nestled on the lake, including visits to the area’s most popular hot spots, such as Beatrix Potter’s house, a half day on a working Lake District farm, a scenic steamer cruise, a half-day William Wordsworth experience, a look at Lowther Castle & Gardens, and a chance to sample the goodies at Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. The gingerbread shop, Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth are also highlights of the more leisurely 5-day Culinary Cumbria in a Nutshell, along with afternoon tea at Muncaster Castle, a memorable ride on a narrow gauge railway, a whisky tour and tasting at Cumbria’s famous distillery and more. Click here for more information about Avanti Destinations.

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