Cumbria & the Lakes shopping

Top Choice Food in Kendal

Low Sizergh Barn

A prodigious selection of Lakeland goodies are available at this farm shop, just outside Kendal on the A590. There's also a farm trail and woodland walk to follow if the weather's nice, and you can watch the cows be…
Top Choice Sports & Outdoors in Keswick

George Fisher

Quite possibly the most famous outdoors shop in the Lake District, founded in 1967 and still the place where discerning hikers go to buy their gear (even if it is a bit more expensive than the chains). There are thr…
Top Choice Food in Grasmere

Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread Shop

In business since 1854, this famous sweet shop next to the village church makes Grasmere's essential souvenir: traditional gingerbread with a half-biscuity, half-cakey texture (six/12 pieces for £3.50/6.70), cooked …
Top Choice Food in Cartmel

Cartmel Village Shop

This upmarket village shop developed the recipe for sticky toffee pudding – accept no substitute. You can buy it to cook at home and it also comes in ginger, banana and chocolate versions. Lots of other Cumbrian goo…
Food & Drinks in Penrith

JJ Graham

There's been a grocer here since 1793 and this endearingly old-fashioned deli is still the place to pick up treats such as local cheeses, homemade chutneys and loose-leaf teas.
Sports & Outdoors in Ambleside

The Mountain Factor

High-end outdoor gear (including premium brands like Paramo, Icebreaker, Fjällraven and SmartWool) with very knowledgeable staff.
Cheese in Cartmel

Cartmel Cheeses

Fromage fans will be in seventh heaven at this fine cheese emporium, with a particular focus on producers from northern England.
Books in Grasmere

Sam Read Bookseller

A bookworm's delight, with a super selection of Lakeland-themed books, as well as scores of fiction and non-fiction titles.
Food in Hawkshead

Hawkshead Relish Company

This village chutney company sells an enormous choice of relishes and jams.
Sports & Outdoors in Ambleside

Gaynor Sports

Compston Rd has enough equipment shops to launch an assault on Everest. The largest shop in town is Gaynor Sports, just round the corner on Market Cross, with several floors of outdoor gear.