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Cumbrian Produce - Grasmere Gingerbread

It sounds like a bit of a cliché, but on this occasion the use of a cliché is justified; You can’t pay a visit to Grasmere without paying a visit to the world famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop.

You don’t need a sat nav or an internal compass to navigate your way towards your supply of one of the Lake District’s finest examples of locally produced confectionary – all you need to do is follow your nose. Ok, it’s the second cliché in as many paragraphs, but again – it’s justified.

Sarah Nelson’s top-secret recipe for “not quite a biscuit, not quite a cake” has been attracting people to the front door of her home in the village of Grasmere for 164 years, where it’s been baked at the same location since she perfected her blend of ingredients back in 1854.

In fact, the recipe is such a well-guarded secret, it’s kept inside a South Lakeland bank vault – much to the chagrin of rival gingerbread makers who’d sell their soul to know just what goes into Grasmere Gingerbread to make it taste so good.

Sarah passed away in 1904 at the age of 88, but production of the spicy treat - for which she became the most popular resident in the village, continued. More than 100 years on, it’s still being produced at the same location, sold from the same iconic little shop.

You’ll know you’re in the right place if you just look out for people queuing out of the front door; a common sight as visitors flock towards the famous cottage to stock up on supplies for themselves, friends and family around the world.

Now run by Grasmere locals Joanne and Andrew Hunter, stocks of one of Cumbria’s best-known exports can be enjoyed across the world, although there’s nothing quite like the experience of nibbling on a piece or two in the village from where it came.

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