Food and drink shops

If you’re looking for Cumbrian produced food and drink, and locally made gifts in Bowness, then head for this busy, two floor shop near The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

This is one of Carlisle’s independent gems because if you’re looking to buy Cumbrian beers, or locally produced preserves, chutneys, chocolates, puddings and spirits, head no further than this shop in the city centre.

There’s no blue plaque on the wall outside to advertise the fact but this is the birthplace of the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020.

Simon Rogan has been a familiar name in Cartmel since he opened L’Enclume in 2002, the two Michelin star restaurant taking number one spot in the Good Food Guide’s list of Top 50 Restaurants in the UK in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

‘One of the best butchers in the UK,’ is what Cartmel’s Michelin star chef Simon Rogan said of Higginsons not so long ago in the Daily Telegraph

‘Its unique intoxicating spicy flavour tastes like nothing else on earth,’ says the makers of this famous Cumbrian food which won the Makers and Producers Award at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2019.

What was once a café is now the main outlet and shop front for one of Cumbria’s best known producers, makers of more than 120 different relishes, pickles and preserves. Between them they have won over 60 Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food.

If you’re heading along Lake Road between the town centre and the shores of Derwentwater, be sure to visit this delightful shop, devoted to the excellent food and drink of Cumbrian producers.

One minute’s drive from junction 40 of the M6 brings you to Cranstons flagship food hall, the heart of this very well known family business which was established in 1914. Other food halls are located in Carlisle, Brampton and Orton Grange near Carlisle.  

It may have an unassuming presence but over the last 100 years or so royalty, musicians, film stars and politicians have all beaten a path to Neil and Pat Boustead’s shop or had the trademark boxes - white, with gold edging and black lettering - delivered to their homes. 

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