THERE’S nothing quite like returning from time away to fully appreciate a local delicacy.

From main dishes to sweet sides, Cumbria has a long list of yummy goods made in the county.

The News and Star, Times and Star and Whitehaven News came together to ask their readers what they think are the 10 best delicacies on offer in Cumbria.


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In no particular order, your favourite local delicacies are:

Cranstons Cumberland sausage – A very popular choice. The butchers’ best-selling sausage is packed full of coarsley cut pork, breadcrumb and their own unique spice blend.

XL Crisps – A lunchtime staple. Without the aid of online shopping, you’d be hard pressed to find these cheesy flavoured delights anywhere else in the world.


News and Star: CHEESY: A packet of XL Crisps is seen as a lunchtime stapleCHEESY: A packet of XL Crisps is seen as a lunchtime staple


Mawson’s ice cream - If you take a trip to Seascale’s Drigg Road you can enjoy delicious ice cream made with the milk from Mawson’s herd of cows to enjoy right by the beachfront.

Bryson’s sunflower bread – The Keswick craft bakery started hand baking bread from locally milled flour over 70 years ago. They use natural local ingredients whenever they can and their flour is largely sourced from Carrs in Silloth.

Pasty barm – Although native to Bolton in Greater Manchester, some Cumbrians just can’t say no to a meat and potato pasty-filled barm.

Cromer crabs – The west of Cumbria used to be a hub for Cromer crabs, with factories in Whitehaven, Seaham and Amble bought over by food giants Young’s ten years ago.

Tattie pot – Similar to a Lancashire hotpot, the meaty dish is accompanied with potatoes and vegetables and sometimes some black pudding. Delicious!


News and Star: YUMMY: A tattie pot makes its way to the ovenYUMMY: A tattie pot makes its way to the oven


Potted Solway shrimps – You can collect these at fishmongers across the county. Pop them on top of some toast and you are onto a winner!

Grasmere gingerbread – Invented in 1854 by Sarah Nelson, the sweet cross between a biscuit and a cake quickly gained a large reputation and is enjoyed by food lovers across the globe.

Cartmel sticky toffee pudding – First appearing in the village shop over 20 years ago, the handmade treat has turned the village into the home of sticky toffee pudding.


News and Star: TREAT: Cartmel sticky toffee pudding goes down well with ice cream!TREAT: Cartmel sticky toffee pudding goes down well with ice cream!



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