Monday, 18 July 2011

Lake District Delights

A weekend away is just another excuse to seek out some delicious treats whilst in a new location and of course, a weekend camping in the Lake District is no exception.

In deciding what to explore during a soggy weekend in the Lake District, we were happy to have an insider’s tip for a local speciality in a nearby village.  We had been given a very strong recommendation to try Grasmere Gingerbread. We were told that not only was it amazingly tasty gingerbread, but that the shop itself was in a sweet little village worth visiting.
After tasting it first hand, I’ll go further to say that this is one of the best gingerbreads I have tasted yet. It really deserves to have its own unique category. It is a cross between a biscuit and a cake with a slightly chewy yet crumbly texture. It is definitely worth the long queue out the small shop doorway with the many, many tourists(bus loads!) to get into the tiny shop.

The village itself is also worth a visit with all of its interesting shops and old buildings intermingled along the path. I’m definitely going back to Grasmere in future.

While there, we managed to stumble upon a fantastic little restaurant for lunch. The Jumble Room was just a stone’s throw from the gingerbread shop and had a wonderfully cosy atmosphere with colourful cushions on the seats, children’s artwork and professional paintings of various animals covering the walls.

We ordered the soup of the day, Carrot Orange, which came with two pieces of the most delicious fresh homemade bread (a piece of white and a rustic, nutty brown bread) alongside the bowl. It was just what we needed to refuel for the rest of our afternoon of exploration.

Our next treat came the following day and was a completely random find down a cobblestone alleyway in Kendal. 

After learning that the Chocolate House was not open on Sundays(d’oh!) we were keen to locate a suitably quaint & cutesy alternative place to grab something to eat.  

We wandered along an olde worlde looking alleyway and happened upon the Hamper Tea Room. I knew straight away from the look of it that it was a gem.  It was a very welcoming little tea room tucked away off the main high street. 

We ordered our toasted sandwiches and a cafetiere of Farrer’s Italian Roast coffee and after finishing that off we didn’t hesitate to order one of the many desserts on offer. 

It was hard to choose which dessert to try, with all the traditional British puddings represented as well as local ice creams and whatever cake and other baked goodies were on offer that day.

In the end, I chose Sticky Toffee Pudding with custard and I was not disappointed.     

Hampers Tearoom: 14 New Shambles, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4TS

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