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.
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.
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