9 Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2AN | 01524 272299
You’ll find Abrahams in the lovely old market square of Kirkby Lonsdale. Owner Josie Beeson is a designer, she worked in fashion and garden design and has a real eye for curating what has become less of a shop, more a really feel-good lifestyle destination. Exclusive clothing collections, accessories, all manner of ceramics, glass, jewellery, many of which are sourced from Josie’s frequent trips abroad where she finds treasures to bring home and display in the shop for sale. Josie loves colour and this is reflected in the rainbow shades of her wares. I met Josie when I was on a market stall just across the road from Abrahams. She braved the rain to visit my stall and purchased some jam. She now stocks our full range and has the ‘Good Old Gooseberry’ jam on her morning toast most mornings.
Askham, Penrith, CA10 2PG | 01931 712187
Tracey and Simon Perryman run busy village shop which has a deli counter, they serve hot food too. Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee at one of the little tables in the window and watch the world go by (slowly). Askham is one of Cumbria’s prettiest villages with its lovely green, flanked by little cottages. Askham Hall is just down the road, a luxury hotel with a café in an old cowshed and fascinating gardens to walk round. There’s also an open-air swimming pool in Askham.
Norbrock House, Bampton, CA10 2RQ | 01931 713351
Olivia Abbott, Graham Uney and their dog Bert, run the shop and tearoom. The shop sells a very good range of food from local producers, meat and pies, beers and wines, dairy, eggs, Bampton Bathworks skincare products and even toffee vodka from Kin. There’s an informal spot for a cuppa at the table in the shop or the very pleasant Tearoom next to the shop with an open fire in winter. All the food is homemade and delicious. Our preserves are used in the tearoom and are for sale in the shop. Olivia and Graham also have two B&B rooms. Graham makes a great breakfast and our marmalades and jam are there for the toast.
Graham is a qualified mountain and walking skills instructor and is one of the Lake District National Park’s Felltop Assessors, climbing Helvellyn almost every day to assess if the conditions are safe for climbers and walkers. Find out more about Graham at www.grahamuneymountaineering.co.uk
Olivia is an ex-journalist, is a keen (and very good) baker and further is a talented photographer. She is also the postmistress of the full- service Post Office in the shop!
5 Two Lions Square, Penrith, CA11 7FX | 01768 899092
Chris Clough and his team of expert butchers, bakers and deli connoisseurs, have created something new, fresh and very interesting in the heart of Penrith. The Chopping Block wraps into one a butcher, a deli and a café. Chris has invested in special cold chests for dry-ageing the beef, you’ll find herb-fed chickens, traditional sausages, old-fashioned ‘proper’ bacon and much more on the butcher counter. At the deli counter Serrano hams and gourmet salamis hang from the ceiling and are sliced to order – delicious! Try the smoked duck and the pies, also local and continental cheeses. The café serves seasonal home-made treats using their own products. You’ll find a selection of our preserves in store – buy our chutney to enjoy with some lovely charcuterie and cheese or, of course, our jam to partner a freshly-baked scone.
Eagle Road, Glenridding, CA11 0PA
Glenridding suffered catastrophic damage in the flooding caused by Storm Desmond in the winter of 2015. The Minimarket was closed for almost two years for a full repair and refurbishment programme. It re-opened with a lovely new slate floor and smart display shelves. We were delighted to be asked by owner Alan to supply the Minimarket with our preserves. The holidaymakers like to purchase jars to take home as gifts. The locals are loyal preserve customers too, we hear.
6-7 Market Square, Penrith, CA11 7BS | 01768 862281
This fine food establishment was founded in 1793. It’s a lovely old building in the heart of Penrith. Joanne Ashby makes sure the shelves and counters are crammed with excellent breads and cakes, made on the premises. Lots of local cheeses and the much-talked-about Alan’s Ham – are also cooked on the premises. Loose leaf teas and coffees from local producers, interesting beers, wines and spirits, much of which is also made locally. The full range of our preserves is on sale here. Graham’s also make up really lovely gift hampers and deliver them too.
Melkinthorpe, CA10 2DR | 01931 712404
First established in 1984, Peter Stott, his wife Jo and their team of expert staff run a magical garden centre tucked away in the tiny and pretty village of Melkinthorpe. Over the years, Peter has built, much of it with his own hands, a series of garden ‘rooms’, walled in the Italianate style, showcasing thousands of specialist plants for sale. In the gardens is the Red Barn Gallery, selling art, ceramics, jewellery and much more. The Casa Verde Restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean food and the wisteria-clad upper terrace is a fabulous place to dine on fine days, with seemingly endless views across the gardens to the hills beyond. You can buy our preserves in the Casa Verde, they stock the full range.
The Stable Shop, Morland, CA10 3AZ | 01931 714893
This is a great spot. Fiona Stuart and her very jolly volunteers run a very well-stocked local community village store, supporting local charities, with food and drink from local artisan producers. There is a craft gallery selling elegant turned wood items, lovely natural candles, ceramics, knitwear, toys and other gifts, and of course, our preserves. A further quirky space leads off the craft gallery, selling all manner of vintage and pre-loved things, there are books, toys and games all at bargain prices. I got some gorgeous old galvanised watering cans there.
Broadgate, Grasmere, LA22 9SY
Lucia and Ewan have just launched this new venture in buzzy Grasmere. It’s a brand new ‘on view’ bakery with a charming café. From Tuesday to Sunday they make wonderful sourdough loaves, probably the best sausage rolls I’ve ever tasted, try the one with Cumberland Sausage and locally-made Honey Mustard, delicious. Sit in the café and enjoy Red Bank Coffee Roasters coffee and tuck into a fresh breakfast pastry, hearty soup or afternoon tea and cake. They stock the full range of our preserves along with other locally made produce. This is a gem of a place.
We are always on the lookout for like-minded people who would like to stock our jams, pickles and marmalades. Click here to complete our stockist request form and Jeannie will be back in touch to discuss.
114 High Street, Biggar, ML12 6DH | 01899 220125
Ivan and Angela Stott run this brilliant deli with its very friendly café serving delicious home-made soups, Ivan’s wonderful quiches and super-healthy salads. The deli counter is full of interesting Scottish cheeses and speciality foods and then there is a very wide variety of continental deli goods too. The shop shelves showcase lots of Scottish beers and spirits and also a good range of quality foods and drink from around the world. At Christmas time there is a particularly attractive display and on one evening in early December Biggar’s shops stay open late and there is a really party atmosphere as shoppers go from store to store making their festive purchases.