A thriving Lake District business has branched out into the world of fudge.

Andrew Kaye, who runs Chestnut House and The Barn, in Pooley Bridge, with wife Emma has begun producing the sweet treat.

Andrew opened Chestnut House in May 2016, which sells local food and drink, including a range of over 400 gins.

The Barn stocks outdoor clothing, food and gifts, and has begun selling its own handmade fudge, which uses ingredients from Winter Tarn dairy in Crosby Ravensworth, near Penrith.

"It's selling really well and people like the fact it's made on site and that it uses local butter from Winter Tarn Dairy," said Andrew.

"We do special editions with mint cake and we will do gingerbread fudge made with gingerbread from Pooley Bridge and we might look at doing something with rum or gin.

"It complements the ice cream we already sell at The Barn quite nicely."

Andrew said that over the years Chestnut House has become more and more popular with visitors - who were particularly keen on the range of spirits it stocks.

“When people are on holiday they are looking for something different," said Andrew.

"So we started with all the local gins and vodka and things like the Mintcake liqueur and then it just expanded from there.

"We noticed there was more and more interest in the gin and the more we stocked, the more people wanted.

"Initially it was a bit of a novelty, but the demand just grew.

“It has just grown from there and now we have big focus on all the great Cumbrian-made food and drink you can get, as well as our collection about 400 gins.

"We host our own gin tasting sessions with local bars and restaurants, because we’ve built up such a knowledge of it.

"And people will drive all the way from places like Newcastle or Manchester specifically to see us."