Delicious Cartmel makes the foodie grade once again

It doesn’t seem there’s an end to Cartmel, the unofficial foodie capital of Cumbria, being included in best foodie destinations in the national press. The latest is the Delicious Magazine Top 17 Must Visit Foodie Hot Spots in the UK.

The lists gives a brief roundup of the location as well as the key place to dine. It will then of course come as no surprise that L’Enclume is the tipped destination of choice. But Cartmel is far from just this 2 Michelin star restaurant, a complete village foodie revolution has taken over.

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It could be said it all started nearly 25 years ago though when the first sticky toffee pudding was made by the Village Store and Post Office. From there the now world famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding was born gaining an audience across the globe. It can be found in shops and delis up and down the country and world along with other delicious and traditional British puddings.

Producers and high quality supplies can also be found within Unsworth’s Yard. This small yet highly picturesque yard close to Cartmel Priory is home to Unsworth’s Brewery where there is a tasting room, the Red Pepper & HOT Wines shop, The Bread Shed bakery and the award winning Cartmel Cheeses. In fact Cartmel Cheeses have recently been included in the FT’s 5 best cheese mongers in the UK.

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Relax and unwind in a luxury cottage in Cartmel

Visitors to Cartmel will also find a choice of really good pubs, proper pubs with real ale and real food. Dogs are welcome in all and the village as a whole is extremely dog friendly as well as the surrounding countryside for walks.

For somewhere to stay amongst the foodie frenzy The Lakeland Cottage Company have a large selection of luxury self catering cottages in Cartmel and the surrounding area.

Onion rings as big as hands seen at Lake District inn!

I have to say, I’m personally not a fan of taking photos of the meals I eat when I go out. The main reason being I don’t want to break off from the enjoyment of devouring the dish and also my photographic skills in often dimly (atmospheric obviously) rooms never does the food justice.

If you looked purely at the images taken by most of the reviewers on Tripadvisor, I’d bet you’d go to hardly any of the restaurants anywhere in the country, Michelin or take away. But it is what people love doing now and Tripadvisor along with all the social media platforms are swarming with pics taken mid meal.

But this one I stumbled upon is just brilliant from a review left last month………

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My kind of onion rings at the Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey

You’ve got to give it to the person who left a review with accompanying images, the lighting is very good but the composition, fantastic. The said onion rings and chips are from the Cuckoo Brow Inn & B&B at Far Sawrey and from personal experience I can confirm, this image has not been photoshopped in any way, they really are gigantuous. This is not a criticism in anyway, when it comes to onion rings, providing they are homemade and crisp like these, big is beautiful. I would recommend them as a side order to any dish, even if you’re just going for a sandwich.

It is worth booking a table at the Cuckoo Brow Inn if you’re wanting to eat in the evening to avoid missing out on these onion rings. Visit for the menu, contact and location info.