Food and drink shops

An already well established name in Brampton, Cranstons moved across the road to open a new shop in a former bank building in early 2016. A year later it was a finalist in the Food Hall of the Year category in the Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2017.

The traditional cutting of a ribbon of Cumberland sausage re-launched this food store in 2017, and if you’re looking for Cumbrian produce in the city centre, this is the place to come. There’s food and drink from about 35 local names - amongst them Cumberland Mustard, Country Puddings, Mr Vikki’s, Claire’s Handmade, Bruce and Luke’s Coffee, Hawkshead Relish and Hesket Newmarket Brewery - and of course much of the meat sold here is from Cumbrian farmers.

Little over two years after being opened, Cranstons at Orton Grange was Food Hall Butchery Business of the Year at the Butcher’s Shop of the Year Awards 2016. The store is a smaller version of the Cranstons food hall at Penrith, with the trademark meat and deli counter, and food and drink on the shelves from some 35 Cumbrian producers.

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, with its Café Oswald’s on the first floor. The range of food and drink sold is extensive and the meat, cheese and deli counter almost as long as Hadrian’s Wall.

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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