As the great granddaughter of a Kendal Innkeeper I thought it appropriate to share with you some local knowledge of fine Cumbrian hostelries, breweries & tipples.
Jennings Ales are brewed in the traditional way using their own well water. Enjoy a tour of the brewery between 12 noon & 2pm daily until the end of October to see these award winning ales being made. Visit the tearoom, have a look around the shop & pick up some intriguingly named Sneck Lifter or Cocker Hoop to enjoy during your holiday.
Tucked away down a yard off Highgate in Kendal is Burgundy’s which is not only a wine bar but also a micro-brewery and they have a little café too called the Brewhouse. On a warm evening relax on the terrace & enjoy an ‘Auld Kendal’ or a glass of chilled ‘Tenter-hooks’.
Mint Cake Vodka originated at The Punch Bowl at Barrows Green which is just south of Kendal. Read the rather dubious story of how this curious spirit came about on their website. Order online or call into the pub to buy a bottle.
Chances are rural Cumbria near Bassenthwaite Lake does not spring to mind as the place you would expect to find a distillery. It’s actually quite new & boasts The Lakes Distillery with a Visitor Centre, artisan bar, bistro and a shop selling distillery products as well as locally produced goods. One of the many good reviews on Tripadvisor says “Came for a small meal as we just finished our tour at the distillery, and the food and service were amazing! Very recommended!”
Pedros is a Mexican themed tapas bar in Kendal serving tasty little portions to share & cocktails. But which mojito will you choose; classic, raspberry, mango, elderflower, apple or prosecco?
The Lyth and Winster Valleys to the west of Kendal are well known for their damson orchards, the home of the Westmorland Damson. Nearly every farm has an orchard & the valleys look especially beautiful in April when the trees are covered in white blossom. In September the distinctive purple fruit is ripe & sold by the roadside or in bulk to jam makers and of course made into fabulous Damson Gin. Make this in the autumn & it will be ready for Christmas or buy it ready made from Cowmire Hall Farm.