Top foodie picks for summer 2022!

28th June 2022

Our county’s vibrant and diverse food and drink scene has made Cumbria a must-visit destination for all foodies in recent years.

Cranstons Senior Retail Manager – Peter Potts, shares his top foodie picks for summer 2022!

Bread made from their own starter

Applewood and Garlic sourdough from the Coffee Kitchen Bakery is a must try bread!

The Coffee Kitchen started back in 2011 serving speciality coffees, real bread, homemade cakes and different varieties of tea on Cockermouth high street. In 2015, husband and wife Andy and Angela opened The Bakery in Market Place, Cockermouth to focus more on the bread side of the business. Coffee Kitchen Bakery produces amazing quality real bread from locally milled flour with no additives.

This applewood and garlic sourdough made from coffee kitchens own starter has an open crumb and a tangy taste -it’s perfect served as the base for an Italian Brushetta!

Cumbrian Cow-loumi!

This great halloumi from Cow-loumi is produced near Armathwaite in the Eden Valley. It is made using only cow’s milk, fresh from their dairy farm. It has a high melting point and it is perfect for grilling and frying. I suggest using it in kebabs as a great meat alternative.

Hawkshead Lagers – Beer from the Lakes made with Lakeland water

A refreshing, well-hopped, fruity and bitter Golden Ale brewed with soft Lakeland water, English Maris Otter malted barley and a blend of whole cone hops. The signature hop is American Cascade.

Based in the heart of the English Lake District, Hawkshead brews bold, innovative beers inspired both by flavoursome hops of the new world and classic European styles.

Granny Dowbekins Cumbrian Gingerbread

Delicious gingerbridge inspired by the old Pooley Bridge made at the Granny Dowbekins tearoom right in the heart of The Lake District. The gingerbridge was created in 2010 to commemorate Pooley Bridge being 250 years old.

Perfect enjoyed with a cuppa!

Roasted coffee since 1865!

John Watt & Son have been coffee roasters in Carlisle since the original shop opened in Glovers Row in 1865. Their blending recipes are closely guarded secrets which have evolved and been handed down over the past 150 years! The John Watt 1865 is their original house coffee blend. This smooth blend with a medium body and a nutty aftertaste is perfect for drinking all day and every day.

Lake District classic – Cumberland Honey Mustard

Hand-made in small batches by Geoff Cole and Marilyn Avens. Cumberland Mustard has been producing honey mustard since 1983 in the North Cumbrian market town of Alston. Sweet wholegrain honey mustard, fruity & with a bite, delicious with meats & sauces. All handmade in small batches to give the freshest taste and greatest care to quality. In our opinion, there is nothing better than a dollop of this on a piece of traditional Cumberland sausage fried in a pan.

Cranstons Ham on the bone

This old-fashioned hand carved ham, cooked on the bone by us for a fuller flavour is a million miles away from supermarket ‘plastic ham’ it’s the ultimate tasty cold cut, just add pickle and a slab of cheese. I also like to serve it cold with hot home twice baked chips and a fried egg. Pure joy!