Grasmere Gingerbread Shop: Grasmere Gingerbread
You can smell the shop before you see it, it's delicious. The building (built 1630) was aparently used by William Wordsworth to teach in as it used to be the village school; it's tiny! I don't know how they managed it but it's now their shop and factory.
You walk in and there are a lot of notice boards on the history of the company and a few shelves with jams and sauces and then the gingerbread and fudge on the counter.
What to buy: Their ginger fudge is lovely; nice chunks of crystalised ginger in a buttery fudge, and, of coures, the gingerbread (x6 pieces £2.20, x12 pieces £4).
The gingerbread comes wrapped in lovely waxed paper with a rubber band around.
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Swarbrick & Dean: Kendal (!) Mint Cake in Grasmere
This Kendal mint cake is made in Grasmere, a large bar (170g) costs £1.20 (2011). I brought a pack back with me to give to the people on my office and ended up eating most of it myself!
The shop is in a mini-arcade and also sells Grasmere ginger bread (the rival to the 'origional' gingerbread), it has a fudge and toffee counter too.
The items are lovely to take away, buy a coffee from a local shop and eat and drink either in the daffodil garden or by the river.
What to buy: Kendal mint cake and grasmere (the rival) gingerbread.
Their ginger bread differes from the other Grasmere gingerbread in that it is thicker and has a more crumbly topping, in my opinion is not as gingery.
Grasmere Gingerbread: Grasmere Gingerbread
A Gingerbread shop - been here since 1854 and still making the same recipe!
What to buy: Gingerbread.
I dunno what your expectations of "gingerbread" are, but probably the stuff sold here isn't what you're expecting. "Bread" is almost a misnomer for a start, it's more like a buscuit - quite hard, although not crunchy. I find it delicious and love it, and the smell from the shop is delightful.
The shop is small though, and there's not a lot to see, and nothing of the manufacturing process. The staff wear Victorian costumes to give the place a period feel.