Recently a guest asked me for some foodie day trip suggestions – and I immediately thought of Cartmel, a half hour’s drive away from Sykehouse cottage. The village has the famous L’Enclume restaurant run by Simon Rogan (Lunch £45 and Dinner £120) with its sister brasserie, Rogan & Co. And now his empire has extended to the local pub, The Pig & Whistle. It also has a very beautiful priory to wander around.
But I bet most people visit Cartmel for the PUDDING.
Cartmel Village Shop started baking Sticky Toffee puddings in their back kitchen about 20 years ago. They have now moved to a bigger kitchen but it’s still handmade and there’s still nothing to match it for rounding off a Sunday lunch. If you don’t have a chance to visit, their puddings are sold at the local grocers, Melville Tyson, in Broughton-in-Furness. Look out for their distinctive pale blue packs in the chiller cabinets.
And rather wonderfully, they also do mail order from their website here.