While hiking, walking and mooching about the Lake District on our holidays, it was only fair that we should reward our exertions with some delicious local food!
Luckily we found plenty of places to rest our weary legs and fill our tummies. Here’s where we loved and what we ate:
The Pig & Whistle in Cartmel – local fare, served in new ways, including a most delicious starter of soughdough topped with a paste made from cheese and beer. Mmmmm. Our other starter (or sharer, as they inevitably became) was anchovies. One of my favourite dishes ever. With tartare sauce. Sadly the girls liked them too, which meant fewer for me!
For mains we had a really rather delicious burger, and trout. The girls had burger and fish and chips. All the plates were very well presented.
And pudding. Oh yes, we love pudding in this family. It had to be crumble. And this crumble was a very, very good crumble, pairing the oooo of gooseberries with the ahhh of sultanas. A match made in heaven.
The Pig & Whistle is owned by Simon Rogan, who also has two other restaurants in Cartmel: L’Enclume (with its two Michelin stars) and Rogan and Company. Maybe on our next visit we’ll try one of those ;-).
A lunch favourite was the Hazelmere Cafe and Bakery in Grange over Sands. All the breads, cakes, pastries and pies are made on the premises, and the chioce is flummoxing! Their chia bread was absolutely amazing. The girls had Peter Rabbit-shaped sandwiches, with carrot sticks. Cute!
We ate twice more in Cartmel, at the King’s Arms and the Royal Oak, and the Royal Oak in Lindale. All served us delicious food. Having already mentioned that we love our puddings, it’s unsurprising that we enjoyed some very good sticky toffee pudding, a Cartmel delicacy, at the King’s Arms.
Of course there were plenty of ice creams scoffed during the week too, especially as they prove to be a good incentive for a three-and-a-half year-old who’s complaining of tired legs during a fell walk! We found a great place in Bowness-on-Windermere which sold 36 different ice cream flavours. We tried plum and cinnamon, gingerbread, cookies and cream, and rhubarb and custard.
All in all, a jolly good foodie time was had by all.