Why the Lake District is a paradise for foodies!Cumberland Sausage, Damsons, Grasmere Gingerbread, Herdwick Lamb, Kendal Mint Cake & Rum Butter

The Lakeland region is home to a vast range of organically grown produce and unique local dishes. Here are some items with a truly local history:

Cumberland Sausage

Presented in a coil shape, this sausage is made of pork (cut roughly), spices, pepper and herbs. There are lots of theories on the reasons behind the distinctive shape, with some saying it dates back to Elizabethan times.


This fruit has been cultivated in Westmorland since the start of the 18th century. Part of the plum family, its unique flavour is due to cross-pollination with the wild sloe, and the Cumbrian climate. In the spring, you'll see lots of white blossom from damson trees, which are harvested in early autumn. They flavour bread, chocolate, cheese, jams, pies - and there's even a Damson Day Festival every April.

Grasmere Gingerbread

Created 160 years ago with a recipe that's still secret, this unique product can be bought in the village where it was created by one Sarah Nelson.

Herdwick Lamb

These animals grow slowly because of the harsher climate on the higher fells of the Lakes, making the meat fuller-flavoured. This lamb is at its best during the first five months of the year.

Kendal Mint Cake

This famous sugar hit has sustained hikers for generations, giving a much needed energy boost when it is most needed. The stuff has even made it to the summit of Everest! Funnily enough, it was first created after an accident when a confectioner making mints found his mixture had grown cloudy. He poured it out, and a legend was born!

Rum Butter

Finally, rum butter (made with nutmeg and brown sugar) is another Lakeland treat, served traditionally to celebrate a new baby's birth.

With so much regional flavour, if you're a foodie, you'll adore the Lakes! And whatever food's your favourite, there's probably a festival dedicated to it somewhere locally. Enjoy whatever tickles your fancy during your stay at the Hawksmoor Lakeland Guest House

Posted by Hawksmoor Admin