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Festive fodder: our absolute favourites!

Jo Spencer - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

With just four weeks to go until christmas day, preparations and festivities are well underway across the Lake District. There’s nothing better than being here during the holiday season, enjoying the wonderful wintry views and of course, all the tremendous hospitality that the area has to offer! One of the best things about christmas of course, is the opportunity to indulge and ditch the diet! So, with heavy calories in mind, we share with you our five favourite treats for foodies:

Cumbrian lamb – with all the trimmings!

Lamb is one of the foods associated with Cumbria and of course, you’re in prime sheep farming territory here! You’ll find roast lamb available on most restaurant menus in the Lake District, locally sourced of course and served with crisp roast potatoes and mint sauce, there’s just nothing better! Yew Tree Farm is a 600-acre farm, specialising in prime cuts of its free-roaming Herdwick lamb, so if you’re not in the area and want a taste of Cumbria this christmas, don’t worry. They deliver! www.yewtree-farm.com. You can also stay at the farm which is even better! Book through ‘Heart of the Lakes’: http://www.heartofthelakes.co.uk/property/hawkshead-coniston/yew-tree-farm/3061

Grasmere gingerbread:

The now world famous Sarah Nelson’s gingerbread is an absolute must for anyone visiting the small Lakeland village of Grasmere. Victorian cook, Sarah Nelson, invented Grasmere Gingerbread in 1854 in the English Lake District village from where it gets its name. It’s no ordinary gingerbread either! A unique, spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake, its reputation quickly spread and it is now enjoyed by food lovers all over the world. For an extra special christmas dessert, warm it in the oven with a drop of brandy, adding clotted cream before serving! http://www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk/

Sticky toffee pudding:

Christmas in the Lake District wouldn’t be the same without at least one helping of the famous Cartmel sticky toffee pudding. You can find it in the small village shop, which was where the delicious pudding was first created more than 20 years ago, with the bakers making it in the shop’s back kitchen and selling it in the front! You can also buy the toffee sauce separately, which is delicious poured over ice cream! http://www.cartmelvillageshop.co.uk/product/sticky-toffee-pudding/

Damson gin christmas pudding:

Damson gin is a fantastically festive drink, but added to christmas pudding, it’s heaven itself! Found in the Winster and Lyth valleys, the delicate damsons are small and delicious fruits which are ready to eat come September. Damson is used to make everything from jam to gin and one of the new specialities is the damson gin christmas puddings, produced by Cowmire Hall in Crosthwaite. The gin is even good enough to be sold in the food hall at Fortnum and Mason!

http://www.cowmire.co.uk/

 

Cheese please!

If savoury is more your ‘thing’, the Lake District Cheese Company cheddars are now available nationally in both Morrisons and ASDA, along with northern listings in Tesco, Somerfield, Waitrose and Booths, as well as strong availability in independent stores and farm shops throughout Cumbria. So, you can have a taste of the Lake District wherever you live! Made right here in the Lake District and perfect on cheese n’ crackers along with a glass of port! http://www.landofmilkandbunny.com/#/home
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