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Food & Drink

The Lake District, Cumbria is fast gaining a reputation as a food lover's must-visit destination. Our locally sourced and produced food and drink are just some of the many things that make this county special. Each area has something to offer you and your appetite.

In Whitehaven, on the Western side of Cumbria, you can learn the rich history of the UK Rum trade. Sample the delights while learning the story.

Grasmere is the home of the famous, handmade gingerbread which is something everyone should try. You may have tried the World famous Kendal Mint Cake but have you tried Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding? A must for anyone that likes sweet treats!

Tired of your average, run of the mill sausages? Why not try a Cumberland Whirl, a local speciality, delicious and true to its traditional recipe. 

With locally brewed ales and locally produced food galore, the Lake District, Cumbria has a wealth of delights to make any foodie happy. Take your taste buds on holiday, go on they deserve it!

Download your free 2017 Lake District food and drink guide - packed with information on the culinary gems to be found in Cumbria.

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Award winning pubs, Michelin starred restaurants and the best in local Cumbrian produce.

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Where to go for the finest food and drink?

Spoilt for choice? There is so much to choose from when it comes to Food and Drink in the Lake District, Cumbria.

World-class restaurants, Cosy pubs and inns serving hearty homemade food produced using the finest locally-sourced ingredients, and superb cafes and tea rooms, many serving homemade cakes and treats.

Search below and see what's on offer during your visit to Cumbria.



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In an area so rich with local produce and excellent food, why not take a look at some of our Food and Drink events. Sample the delights on offer, tuck into an afternoon tea or maybe even try your hand at a food smoking course. The breadth and variety of food and drink events in the Lake District, Cumbria is indicative of the quality and variety of food and drink available. Go on - treat yourself!
Brampton Farmers Market

Brampton Farmers Market


Sat 25 Feb 2017

Brampton Farmers Market, managed by Sustainable Brampton, provides delicious fresh produce at affordable prices.

Carlisle Farmers Market (©D&H Photographers)

Carlisle Farmers Market


Sat 4 Mar 2017

Carlisle Farmers Market, managed by Sustainable Brampton, provides delicious fresh produce at affordable prices.

Wine Tasting Weekend in The Lakes

Wine Tasting Weekend in The Lakes


Fri 10 - Sun 12 Mar 2017

A chance to explore the amazing range of wines produced by this one country of great diversity and to savour fine food and wines in the company of like-minded wine lovers!

Fish & Chip Suppers at the Railway

Fish and Chip Evenings


Fri 17 Mar 2017

Join an evening diesel departure from Ravenglass at 6pm and enjoy a Fish and Chip Supper at Fellbites Cafe, Dalegarth for Boot Station. Ticket price £10.50 includes a Fish Supper at Dalegarth. Call Dalegarth to book on 019467 23192.

Marmalade Festival

Marmalade Festival


Sat 18 - Sun 19 Mar 2017

It’s back and bigger than ever. Bring along that jar of marmalade to board the 9.45 cruise from Glenridding and enjoy a cruise on us with complimentary toast too! In association with Dalemain's Marmalade Festival.

Penrith Goes Orange

Penrith Goes Orange


Sat 18 Mar 2017

Marmalade, bears and all things orange… put a date in your diary for Saturday 18 March 2017, as Penrith celebrates the World’s Original Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival.

Gin Party at the Hardknott Bar

Gin Party at the Hardknott Bar


Fri 24 - Sun 26 Mar 2017

This weekend, there are over 35 Gins to sample by the glass at the Woolpack Inn and Hardknott Bar & Café’s Gin Party, with accompaniments you would never think of trying!

Mother’s Day Lunch

Mother’s Day Lunch


Sun 26 Mar 2017

Invite your Mother to Lunch in our Four Seasons Terrace Café on Sunday 26th March.

Mothers Day Tea in the Castle

Mothers Day Tea in the Castle


Sun 26 Mar 2017

For a very special treat; bring your mothers for an Afternoon Tea in the beautiful surroundings of the Castle Drawing Room or the Billiard Room.

Smoking Courses

Smoking Courses


Tue 28 Mar 2017

Working with Smoky Jo’s to provide one day courses.

Barrow Drinks Festival 2017

Barrow Drinks Festival 2017


Sat 1 Apr 2017

Sample a wide selection of wines from Spain, Italy, France and Australia. Enjoy the flavours of locally produced drinks, talk to leading experts in a relaxed setting, who will help select wines to suit your style.

Taste Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale

Taste Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale

Fri 14 Apr 2017

Taste Cumbria is the county’s biggest and best food festival and it comes to Kirkby Lonsdale for the first time this year.

Plant Fair and Food Market

Plant Fair and Food Market


Sun 16 Apr 2017

Our Plant Fair brings together many of the North's top nurseries and growers, along with our ever popular food market featuring a variety of fresh local and regional food and drink.

Gourmet & Wine Tasting Night

Gourmet & Wine Tasting Night


Sat 22 Apr 2017

This is the perfect night for all you foodies and connoisseurs out there!

Taste Cumbria Ulverston

Taste Cumbria Ulverston


Sat 27 - Sun 28 May 2017

Taste Cumbria is the county’s biggest and best food festival and is now a firm favourite in Ulverston’s events calendar.

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth 2017

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth


Sat 23 Sep 2017

Back for the eighth year in Cockermouth, the town where it all began, Taste Cumbria is now the county’s biggest and best food festival.

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