Food and drink shops

A converted Victorian bank building in this small market town is home to Cranstons, with its butchery, deli counter and hot food counter.

If you’re looking for Cumbrian produce in the city centre, this is the place to come, a store with an award winning butchery, a deli counter, a hot food (and coffee) counter, and food and drink from about 40 local producers. 

Home to Cranstons trademark meat and deli counter, with food and drink on the shelves from some 35 Cumbrian producers, this makes a perfect stop for those heading into Carlisle from the west.

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. Because of demand the pudding’s now made down the road in Flookburgh along with others in its range - sticky banana, sticky ginger, sticky chocolate and sticky toffee apple. 

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 Michelin star chef Simon Rogan said of Higginsons in The Daily Telegraph in early 2019. The Meat Trades Journal obviously shared the L’enclume owner’s view because it once voted the business Best Butchers in Britain.

‘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.

One minute’s drive from junction 40 of the M6 brings you to Cranstons flagship food hall, the heart of this well known family business. It received a special award at the 2019 Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards for its Outstanding Contribution to Cumbria Food and Drink.

Housed in one of Penrith’s most handsome and recognisable buildings, James and John Graham first started business in 1793, selling seeds, fertilizers and household goods to farmers and their families.

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