Food and Fun in Cartmel England

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Cartmel, England. As Food Travelists, we are always on the lookout for small places with big flavors. We love local establishments with eats and memorable dishes that provide an insight into the culture of a place we are visiting. Sometimes they come in the shape of unique and local ingredients. Perhaps they have a Michelin star or more. Maybe they have big personalities behind them or combinations we’ve never thought of before. And once in a while, we discover a place that encompasses the best of all of those.

We love encountering memorable destinations that offer delicious treats that are forever etched into our memories. When we’re super fortunate, we discover something that tickles our imagination so much that we dream about it long after its come into our lives.

Kings Arms Restaurant England

The wonderful village of Cartmel in Cumbria The Lake District of Northern England has it all. From Michelin star dining to classic British pub grub and ultimately the quintessential version of favorite British treats, this tiny town filled us with food and stories to tell for years.

Cartmel is a historic village that is chock full of interesting things to do and amazing food to eat. In our brief visit, we only scratched the surface. That’s an exciting thing to share with our fellow Food Travelists!

Priory Church in Cartmel England
Priory Church in Cartmel

First, let’s explore what’s happening in Cartmel. If you’re a horse lover you’ll want to be sure to go when some of the important races take place at the Cartmel Racecourse. If you’re planning a wedding or special occasion, the venue is also available. You can even tie the knot at the 800-year-old Priory Church just a short distance away from the track. The place is also suitable for other special parties and celebrations or even conferences and business events. You’ll feel like one of the globe-trotting horsey set in this gorgeous and historic setting.

L'Enclume Food and Fun in Cartmel England Food Travelist
Hidden L’Enclume

Michelin Stars in Cartmel

Feeling very elegant and looking for one of the world’s best-hidden treasures? Trot on over to L’Enclume, located by the river in Cartmel. If you’re looking for a beautiful and exclusive place to stay, this is it. One of the 16 rooms in this luxurious setting will surely suit you. The rates include breakfast. Looking for a Michelin star dinner? Dining at this Simon Rogan restaurant highlights local produce from their own farm will surely tantalize your taste buds. Creative seasonal dishes such as broth of artichoke, Westcombe, pork fat and fennel to grilled lobster and parsnip, nasturtium and apple or guinea fowl, runner beans, beetroot and tarragon will thoroughly delight you. Noting that the restaurant has two Michelin stars, we’d agree that it’s exceptional cuisine worth a detour. The prices are surprisingly reasonable for the quality you will find in both accommodation and dining. Check it out here.

Local Cartmel Sausages at Kings Arms Food Travelist
Local Cartmel Sausages at Kings Arms
Cheese and Meat Pie at Kings Arms in Cartmel Food Travelist
Cheese and Meat Pie at Kings Arms in Cartmel
Kings Arm Brew Selection Food And Fun In Cartmel
Kings Arm Brew Selection

Traditional Food & Pubs

As often happens when in the UK, we got an overwhelming urge to have a pint and a traditional classic meal. Fortunately for us, the Kings Arms in the village square welcomed us with open arms and flowing taps. Local sausages, meat pies, huge sandwiches and much more will fill even the hungriest belly. Many local beer selections are available on tap. The atmosphere is suitably comfy with lots of dark wood and cozy lighting. You’ll enjoy friendly service and good prices there too. And if you over-indulge a bit, don’t worry about it. They have accommodations available as well.

Unsworth Yard Brewery Food and Fun in Cartmel England Food Travelist
Unsworth Yard Brewery

For a taste of local cheese, wine, baked goods and brews, head over to Unsworth’s Yard near the Priory. There you’ll discover a little cavalcade of shops around a lovely courtyard. The creative and delicious Unsworth’s Yard Brewery is making some tasty beers indeed. The dedicated cheese experts at Cartmel Cheeses will hook you up with something you’ll love from their painstakingly cultivated supply of delicious cheeses. There’s also the Mallard Tea Shop for tasty teas and baked treats. Discover Hot Wines, a place to stock up on not just wine, but also an expertly curated range of liquors and artisanal libations. Overseen now by brothers Peter and David Unsworth, the Unsworth’s Yard has been owned by their family since 1922. That personal touch and family feel is evident in every part of this fun area.

 Cheeses Food Travelist
Cartmel Cheeses
International Gin Selection at Hot Wines
International Gin Selection at Hot Wines in Cartmel

Many Shops To Explore

There are lots of fun places to shop around Cartmel as well. You might just find a knitted cap, an interesting book or even perhaps a life-sized sheep statue for your garden, should that be your fancy. But for us, of course, the ultimate shop is the one that has the food.

Cartmel Village Shop Store Front
Cartmel Village Shop Store Front

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Going into the Cartmel Village Shop is like reaching the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. While they have a full supply of intriguing items, the heart, and soul of this productive shop is, wait for it: Sticky Toffee Pudding. That’s right. We said it. And just putting the words into print make us salivate all over again. But first, just in case you’re the poor sort who’s never heard of, let alone tasted, this amazingly decadent dessert, we need to properly introduce you to it.

Cartmel Village Shop Sticky Toffee Pudding Food Travelist
Cartmel Village Shop Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding consists of a dense but moist cake, often filled with chewy chopped dates. It’s covered or soaked in an incredibly decadent “toffee” or butterscotch type sauce. Many folks treat it as a blank canvas upon which they add chopped nuts, vanilla custard or ice cream. Any or all of these can be absolutely delicious. But by many accounts, the Cartmel Village Shop is making the best sticky toffee pudding that there is. It’s still handmade (though they did have to move to a bigger kitchen down the road). They use 100% natural ingredients. Extending your delight, they also make pudding flavors such as ginger, chocolate, Christmas and banana. And there’s even a lemon drizzle sponge if you’re feeling a bit more tart. Don’t miss the Toffee+Vodka it’s a unique and tasty spirit!

Sticky Toffee Vodka at Cartmel Village Shop Food Travelist
Sticky Toffee Vodka at Cartmel Village Shop

Wait There’s More

If you’d like to taste these incomparable flavors but don’t have a trip to Cartmel on your itinerary just yet, don’t worry. You can purchase their amazing puddings, sauces, gifts, and goodies online as well. Be sure to check out their tasty treats in their online shop.

Hales Chocolates Food and Fun in Cartmel England
Hales Chocolates Food and Fun

Cartmel is a vibrant village in Cumbria, The Lake District of Northern England. It’s filled with places to go, things to do and, above all for us Food Travelists, amazing food and drink to explore. We heartily recommend you add it to your food travel plans as soon as possible.

Special thanks to Visit Britain! We were guests of Visit Britain on our visit to Northern England. We were not financially compensated. All opinions are our own and reflect our experiences at the time of our visit.

THE QUICK BITE:  The wonderful village of Cartmel, in Cumbria, The Lake District of Northern England offers Michelin star dining, classic British brews and fare, activities and attractions and the ultimate version of sticky toffee pudding all in one place.

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  1. Looks like a fabulous place to explore. I love all the history and architecture, but then I got to the food pictures and now I am starving! Looks like a great place to visit!

    • Hi Kirsten, I often find myself craving food from Milwaukee good thing it’s only a 90 minute run.

  2. Sticky toffee pudding? Wow, I can fill my teeth fillings coming out. 😀 No worries, I can move on to those cheeses and ales.

    Travel Happy from Charles McCool of McCoolTravel.com

    • Ha! Not to worry I think your teeth would be ok. Unless you don’t brush 😉

  3. As you know, I am not a beer drinker, so thank you for showing ALL the other things I could consume! I don’t even know where to start they all look so yummy! Especially the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Have to say, though the Toffee and Vodka intrigues me!

  4. My girlfriend and I took a bus tour of England last year, just to see if we were old enough to be the folks on a bus tour. Turns out that we are…

    Our time in the Lake District was a highlight, and we can’t wait to go back, especially now that we have your advice. Glad to see you had a great trip and are doing well. Hope to see you all again soon. Maybe at the WFC in Florida?

    • Glad to hear you liked the Lake District Chris. You never know when are paths will cross again 😉

  5. I’ve never had sticky toffee pudding but it sounds like heaven. Love all the food stops and the cheese and beer. I need to visit here!

  6. Cartmel sounds like such a great place to spend a weekend! I love when towns pack so much into a small area. I’d love to check out the meat pies and all of that cheese!

  7. Looks like a place for me – at least foodwise 😉
    I’d love this meat and cheese pie with a pint of bitter 🙂

  8. Ohh it’s been so long since I have had sticky toffee pudding. I could totally use a visit here to explore!

  9. I’ve never heard of Cartmel, though I’m sure it is beautiful, with the lake district in its backyard. It is nice to hear that you were able to enjoy L’Eclume without breaking the break. Your descriptions of the food are making me salivate.And the sticky toffee pudding sounds fantastic too!

  10. Ooh L’Enclume looks like my kinda a place. I’m a total foodie and love seeing what people are eating around the world. Yum!

  11. I love all of England and would love to visit again and again. I have never heard of Cartmel though never expected a restaurant with a Michelin star there 🙂

  12. I would be really intrigued with all the history in a place like this. I think that 800-year old church would be my first stop. Still hoping to make it to England in the near future!

  13. That sticky toffee pudding had me! I probably need to take a trip up north! I always love all these local pubs and shops where they sell food produced locally. It makes it all so much more authentic and real.

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