Carlisle. Lakeland Gifts

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.

Opened in 2020, it’s one of a handful of retail outlets that come under the Lakeland Artisan banner, the business owned by Geoff and Mary Monkman who over the years have picked up more than 70 Great Taste Awards for their jams, marmalades, pickles, mustards, drinks and sauces. 

Their products are much in evidence as you come through the door but so too are the likes of Romney’s Mint Cake, Mr Vikki’s pickles, Cartmel Sticky Toffee chocolates and other produce from Cumbrian makers.

For beer lovers, however, it’s the other half of the shop which has become a real draw. The county is home to some 30 small breweries and bottled beers from many of them are sold here: those from Cumbrian Ales, Ennerdale Brewery, Hesket Newmarket Brewery, Keswick Brewery, Tirril Brewery, Windermere Brewery, Great Corby Brewhouse, Bowness Bay Brewing, Lakeland Brewhouse and more. A brilliant local selection which few other shops in Cumbria can match.

But if it’s spirits you’re after, then you’ll see names such as Kin Toffee Vodka and The Lakes Distillery on the shelves, plus Lakeland Artisan’s own Herdwick Distillery. The latter was launched in August 2021 with Yan Gin and Fell Tonic, the gin almost immediately winning one star at the Great Taste Awards. 

Lakeland Gifts, 2-4 English Street, Carlisle CA3 8HZ: 01228 272729, www.lakelandartisan.co.uk Other Lakeland Artisan shops in Cumbria are in Bowness-on-Windermere, Keswick and Windermere.

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