Great ideas for shopping this summer

Carlisle. Chapman Bags

Carlisle. Chapman Bags

Buy a bag - for leisure, travel, sport or business - produced by one of Cumbria’s great success stories. Quality and craftsmanship are Chapman’s signature, with more than 100 different products (including totes and satchels) making up its range.

www.chapmanbags.com

Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall and Solway Coast
Tebay. Tebay Services, Farmshop and Kitchen

Tebay. Tebay Services, Farmshop and Kitchen

Award winning farmshops, with traditional butcher’s counters, freshly baked bread, bacon, sausages, charcuterie, pies, cheese, chutneys, jams, mustards, honey, tea, coffee, cakes, local beers and so much more. The perfect excuse to pull in and re-fuel.

www.tebayservices.com

Eden Valley and the East
Windermere. Peter Hall & Son

Windermere. Peter Hall & Son

Pop into this boutique and interior design studio which showcases the range of Peter Hall’s fine furniture - sofas, tables, chairs, bookcases, cupboards, woodturning - plus interior design and a selection of ‘lifestyle accessories’. Showroom in nearby Staveley too.

www.peter-hall.co.uk

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Loweswater Gold

Loweswater Gold

Get a taste of what one travel writer on The Guardian described as ‘the best beer in the universe’: Loweswater Gold. It’s one of a number of ales produced by Cumbrian Legendary Ales whose ‘home pub’ is the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater near Cockermouth.

www.cumbrianlegendaryales.com

Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes
Grasmere. Heaton Cooper Studio

Grasmere. Heaton Cooper Studio

Four generations of a renowned family of Lakeland artists - the Heaton Coopers - are represented at this studio where you can buy original paintings, fine art prints, sculpture, ceramics, greetings cards, books, gifts, and artists’ materials. Mathilde’s café here too.

www.heatoncooper.co.uk

Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston
Caldbeck. The Wool Clip

Caldbeck. The Wool Clip

A showcase for this co-operative of farmers and felt makers, knitters and weavers. Its members also organise Woolfest in Cockermouth. The shop stocks clothing, accessories, yarns, wool kits, patterns and equipment, native sheep breeds at the centre of the story.

www.woolclip.com

Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes
Hawkshead Relish

Hawkshead Relish

120 different relishes, pickles and preserves are made by this well known Cumbrian producer, winner of over 60 Great Taste Awards (Black Garlic Pickle won three stars last year). Its main shop is in Hawkshead but there are plenty of other places where you can buy the products.

www.hawksheadrelish.com

Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston
Kin Toffee Vodka

Kin Toffee Vodka

Inspired by mountains in France, produced near fells in Cumbria and a favourite drink of many. This ‘smooth blended vodka with rich caramel tones and a subtle kick’ is made by Kin Vodka, Best Rural Drinks Business at the Rural Business Awards North in late 2018.

www.kinvodka.co.uk

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Low Newton near Cartmel. Yew Tree Barn

Low Newton near Cartmel. Yew Tree Barn

Spend an hour or three wandering around this vast 19th century Westmorland barn where the extraordinary collection of architectural antiques amazes almost everyone who comes here. Head for Harry’s Café Bar on the ground floor to take it all in.

www.yewtreebarn.co.uk

Kendal and the South
Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread

Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread

‘Its unique intoxicating spicy flavour tastes like nothing else on earth,’ say the makers of this famous Cumbrian food. So make for Grasmere or go online because there’s nowhere else you can buy it. The recipe’s still the same as it was when first made in 1854.

www.grasmeregingerbread.co.uk

Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston
Ambleside. Fred’s Ambleside Bookshop

Ambleside. Fred’s Ambleside Bookshop

Well known independent bookshop where thousands of titles - local maps, guides and books, classic and contemporary adult fiction included - are spread across two floors. Stories by Arthur Ransome are sold in hard back, with original dust jackets.

www.fredsamblesidebookshop.co.uk

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Sizergh near Kendal. Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop

Sizergh near Kendal. Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop

Every little corner of a huge and atmospheric Westmorland barn is filled with food and drink: cheese, chutneys, breads, cakes, pies, puddings, vegetables, biscuits, mustards, flours, beers, ciders and more. How can anyone leave empty handed? Café and gifts as well.

www.lowsizerghbarn.co.uk

Kendal and the South
Cockermouth. Castlegate House Gallery

Cockermouth. Castlegate House Gallery

Pay a visit to Cumbria’s best known commercial art gallery where 20th century and contemporary British painting and ceramics are the major theme. Frank Auerbach, Winifred Nicholson, Grayson Perry and Norman Cornish (pic) are four artists whose work has been seen.

www.castlegatehouse.co.uk

Northern Lakes, Keswick and Western Lakes
Penrith. Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall

Penrith. Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall

One famous name, four food halls and two butchers. Penrith is the flagship store of this family company, a place where the meat, cheese and deli counter is almost as long as Hadrian’s Wall and the range of food and drink is pretty impressive too. Café upstairs.

www.cranstons.net

Eden Valley and the East
Sedbergh. Laura’s Loom

Sedbergh. Laura’s Loom

Take home one of Laura Rosenzweig’s own-designed range of scarves, throws and comforting blankets, all inspired by the natural tapestry of the Howgill Fells in Cumbria’s Yorkshire Dales. Soft, sumptuous and sustainable are their defining characteristics.

www.laurasloom.co.uk

Eden Valley and the East
Claire’s Handmade

Claire’s Handmade

Well known Cumbrian producer whose range of 60 fruit and savoury jams, marmalades, pickles, sauces, relishes and salsa dips - free from artificial colouring, flavours and preservatives - have won numerous Great Taste Awards, and prizes at the Dalemain World Marmalade Awards.

www.claireshandmade.com

Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall and Solway Coast
Penrith. The Toffee Shop

Penrith. The Toffee Shop

Join the musicians, film stars, royalty and politicians who’ve all beaten a path to this shop over the years and come away with one of its trademark boxes (white, with gold edging and black lettering), packed with butter, chocolate or mint fudge, or two flavours of toffee.

www.thetoffeeshop.co.uk

Eden Valley and the East
Grange-over-Sands. Higginsons of Grange

Grange-over-Sands. Higginsons of Grange

‘One of the best (butchers) in the UK,’ was Michelin star chef Simon Rogan’s verdict on Higginsons in early 2019. Once also named Best Butchers in Britain, the shop sells pies, cold meats, cheeses, meat products and a big range of locally sourced meat.

www.higginsonsofgrange.co.uk

Kendal and the South
Lanercost, near Brampton. Lanercost Tea Room

Lanercost, near Brampton. Lanercost Tea Room

Looking for a gift from Cumbria or an early Christmas present? Then check out the local produce, and the soaps, candles, cards, picture frames, cushions, bags, scarves, rugs, woollen throws and more next to the tea room and canine café here.

www.lanercosttearoom.co.uk

Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall and Solway Coast
Penrith. J&J Graham

Penrith. J&J Graham

It’s been in business since 1793 and judging by the goodies for foodies, the shop will be here for many years to come. Breads, beers, cheeses, cold meats, pies, pasta, jams, chutneys, honey, flour, pasta, chocolate, olive oils, tea, coffee and lots of Cumbrian producer names.

www.jjgraham.co.uk

Eden Valley and the East
Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding

Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding

No need to wait until 2020 - its 30th anniversary - to tuck into this great Cumbrian food, made near Cartmel and sold across the world. But don’t stop at sticky toffee. Try the sticky ginger, sticky chocolate and the rest of the family as well, Cartmel Village Shop their spiritual home.

www.cartmelvillageshop.co.uk

Kendal and the South
Windermere. Lakeland Artisan

Windermere. Lakeland Artisan

Once Friendly Food and Drink, now Lakeland Artisan, with the business embracing Cumbrian Delights, Mawson’s Original Drinks, Lakeland Hampers and Lakeland Liqueurs. Its jams, marmalades, pickles, mustards, drinks and sauces have won almost 40 Great Taste Awards.

www.lakelandartisan.co.uk

Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere
Carlisle, Brampton, Orton Grange. Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall

Carlisle, Brampton, Orton Grange. Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall

You’re spoilt for choice in the Carlisle area with these three food halls. Although meat, sausages and other meat products are still the big thing at this family butchers (founded in 1914), there’s plenty of other food and drink to buy too.

www.cranstons.net

Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall and Solway Coast
Cartmel. Simon Rogan’s shop

Cartmel. Simon Rogan’s shop

Close to his two Michelin star restaurant, L’enclume, and his one star, Rogan & Co, is SR’s shop, selling a ‘range of L’enclume keepsakes and a selection of regional produce’. Look out for Rogan: The Cookbook plus Lakeland cards and photographs by Nina Claridge (pic).

Kendal and the South
Near Penrith. Rheged

Near Penrith. Rheged

Made in Cumbria is a big selling point for much of the food and drink sold at this hugely popular attraction - and so it is for some of the fashion, bags, rugs, cushions, accessories, jewellery, ceramics, skincare ranges, glassware and scarves stocked in its numerous shops. Three cafés here too.

www.rheged.com

Eden Valley and the East

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