The gifts of the edible variety never fail to go down well with the recipient. A foodie gift can be luxurious, a real treat, something that the person wouldn’t normally buy themselves. Edible gifts are also quite personal being purchased to suit specific tastes. For foodies in general this time of the year is of much excitement and none more so than the lovers of all things Cumbrian when it comes to food.
Cumbria has such a high number of artisan producers of all things from chutneys and jams to puddings and chocolate. It is now one of the leading counties for the manufacture of gin and vodka in the UK. These clear spirits are really have a hiatus in the world of beverages and with the quality of the water in the Lake District, it’s no wonder the product is high quality too. Lake District gin and vodka is being produced by Langton’s, Bedrock and now the Lakes Distillery. All of which have subtly different tasting notes but all are proving very popular up and down the country.
The combination of a luxury pudding being served or given at this time of the year is pure perfection. With very few people failing to have heard of Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, this comfort desert flies off the shelf at this time of year for eating on Christmas Day as well as for gifts. The range now goes beyond the original pudding and offers choice such as sticky ginger pudding and the seasonal Christmas pudding. The puddings can be found county far and wide and also online.
But treats from Cumbria and the Lake District don’t have to be sweet or alcoholic. What could be better for pie lovers than a box of artisan savoury pastries or a meat hamper? Goods such as these can now easily be purchased online for delivery direct to the friend of relative or alternatively purchased prior and hand delivered. The multi award winning pie producer Higginson’s of Grange over Sands, offer pie variety packs as well as the chance to have a bespoke pie made especially to order.
With Grange over Sands being such a short distance from Cartmel, home of the sticky toffee pudding and home to their shop and where Higginson’s is based, it seems the ideal place to visit and sort out all the Christmas gifts. Make a weekend out of it and head to Holker Hall too and stroll along the prom. B&B’s are readily available in Grange including Bay Villa with spacious rooms for hording purchased gifts and they serve Higginson’s sausages and bacon for breakfast too. For room availability and further details visit http://www.bayvilla.net.