Monthly archives: January, 2015

Tebay Services Cumberland sausage makes it into top 25 breakfasts in the UK

The mighty sausage is finally getting the recognition it deserves right now thanks to real butchers using real, over 90% content meat. A sausage needs a bit of spice and the Cumberland sausage does this perfectly after all, it now has a Protected Geographical Indication status. Even though the real Cumberland sausage can only be made in Cumbria and under strict and specific standards, it is one of the most popular and revered sausage throughout the UK. The highly recognisable coil, taste and thickness sets this sausage apart from the rest.

So it has been fantastic to see the mighty Cumberland in the top 25 breakfasts in the UK as voted by the people of Esquire Magazine. The said Cumberland sausage was devoured on a bap from Tebay Services. Here’s what Esquire said:

“Given that most service stations offer little more than commercial coffee, fruit machines and Burger King, the farm-fresh, locally sourced fare at Tebay is something of a revelation. Many breakfast foods are on offer, but the jewel in their organic crown is the succulent, handmade Cumberland sausage in a bap.”


The sausages sold either in the farm shops or in the cafe are made by the butchery team using local pork. The sausage baps are something they are famous and renowned for and which people can’t believe they can enjoy at a motorway services. Invariably, cars drive out ladened with kilos of it purchased from the farm shops!

sausageIn fact, the very same Cumberland sausages can be found next door at the Tebay Services Hotel. The sausages feature on the Lounge bar menu and the breakfast menu. What a joy to wake up to when staying at the Tebay Services Hotel than some fine Cumberland along with the equally as fine dry cured local bacon.

Experience the famous Tebay Services Hotel breakfast yourself with special offers on bed & breakfast rates this February starting from just £74 per room based on 2 sharing and includes a daily newspaper too. Book online at

By Cumbria Food Blog

Culinary and delicious Cumbria features in Olive Magazine this month

It’s always great to see a foodie focus on Cumbria in a national magazine. The February issue of Olive Magazine has a superb double page feature on all that is amazingly wonderful about food in the region from meat and fish to oils and ales and the fabulous cooking of these ingredients that can be found around the county.

Of course a feature on food in Cumbria wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Cumbria’s capital of food, Cartmel. Yes, it’s not an official capital but it surely has the “ingredients” (!!) and the “recipe” (!!) to be it. Fast on Cartmel’s heals though is Ambleside with The Old Stamp House Lake Road Kitchen making inroads into making Cumbria as a whole not just a place where the produce is made and nurtured but a place where the cooking lives up to the quality of the food.

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Read, eat, drink, stay in Cartmel

But back to Cartmel and surprisingly L’Enclume was only mentioned once and not for the food as Cartmel is much more than just that little 2 star, voted best in the UK, restaurant. Albeit owned by Mr Rogan, The Pig & Whistle in Cartmel is a proper pub, doing really good food with great local ales. Talking of ales and around the corner is Unsworth’s Yard Brewery and in the same yard, one of the best cheese shops in northern England, Cartmel Cheeses. You’ll find cheeses from this shop and ales from Unsworth’s in most of the cafes, pubs and eateries in Cartmel, including L’Enclume of course. It is great to see these producers and suppliers being listed as top spots in publications such as Olive Magazine.

Match some luxury food with a luxury holiday cottage short break or week away from The Lakeland Cottage Company. With over 20 cottages in Cartmel and the surrounding villages, the properties range in size from sleeping 2 up to 10 people with all being Visit England 4 star or above, many having a gold star too which indicates the quality. View their Cartmel collection of holiday cottages here

By Cumbria Food Blog

Full Cumbrian Breakfast Week

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so not just the saying goes but which is actually confirmed by nutritionists and health care professionals. As it is National Breakfast Week this week, it seems appropriate to talk about and champion this meal.

There are various facts you may not know about breakfast, here’s a few to get you started (all obtained from the official Breakfast Week website):

“Breakfast should be eaten within two hours of waking and a healthy breakfast should provide calories in the range of 20-35% of your GDA”
“Breakfast also restores glucose levels, an essential carbohydrate that is needed for the brain to function”
“Eating breakfast can improve memory and concentration levels and it can also make us happier as it can improve mood and lower stress levels.”

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A Cumbrian breakfast, arguably the finest of them all…..

Breakfast is also a very important meal within the tourism industry. It doesn’t matter what type of serviced accommodation you stay in, breakfast is something to look forward to, most often a treat and different from what is eaten at home and something that is very often scrutinised and talked about. Breakfast can be make or break as to whether a place is returned to. All too often, 5 star accommodation is let down by a 1 star breakfast.

When it comes to a B&B, breakfast becomes even more important for this is the only meal served. With owners of this type of accommodation realising the importance of a good choice of offerings and as important, if not even more so, the quality of the ingredients used.

Cumbria, home of farming and the majestic Cumberland sausage and place of great expectations regarding breakfast. It has to be said, there’s a very slim chance nowadays of receiving a substandard breakfast in even the lowest graded B&B’s in Cumbria.

Bay Villa, a luxury and bespoke bed & breakfast in Grange over Sands is approaching its first birthday and has gained much recognition amongst its guests for the quality of the breakfasts. The best, local produce is used and Grange is home to some 5 star produce and suppliers including Higginson’s Butchers and Grange Bakery, the organic, artisan bakery just around the corner from Bay Villa.

What also sets Bay Villa above and apart from many other serviced accommodation premises is their Slow Life ethos that filters through into meaning breakfast can be eaten at whatever time the guest likes. Breakfast is served in the spacious bedrooms each having a proper table and chairs so the view over Morecambe Bay can be taken in at the same time as coffee. Guests reviewing the B&B in Tripadvisor constantly mention the quality of this meal and the generosity of it. Rooms at Bay Villa start at £110 per room per night B&B based on 2 sharing.