WE shared the news that the first episode of Rick Stein's Food Stories saw the famous chef travel to Cumbria.

Monday's episode (February 12) saw the famous chef begin his new UK food tour in 'one of the top foodie destinations in the country'.

Rick has been a chef for over 50 years and lives in Padstow in Cornwall, where he opened his first restaurant in 1975.

We asked our readers what their favourite Cumbrian delicacy was.

Trevor Henderson said: "Homemade tattie pot takes some beating," and Colin Flack said: "Cheese XL on a ham sandwich with salad cream or Branston."

Garth Hamer said: "Higginson's meat and potato pie from Grange Butchers."

Marco Berti commented: "Cumberland sausage and sticky toffee pudding."

Donald Ellis said: "Liver and onions in gravy with roast potatoes cooked in beef dripping."

William Hutchison said: "Bacon and sausage from Woodhalls of Waberthwaite. The best pies are from the little shop in Gosforth. Roast Mutton butchers in Kendal has fantastic meat. There are a lot of high-quality producers of good local ingredients throughout Cumbria."

Vincent Parker said: "Cranstons thick Cumberland sausage is a world's best with fresh eggs and butter mash."

Derek Boardman and Steve Wilkinson both mentioned rum butter, and Zoë Costelloe added: "Potted Silloth shrimps and rum butter - both on toast, but not at the same time."

David Cairns, Jo Angel Cork and Pat Lashmar all mentioned Cumberland sausage.