Our Food

Food, glorious food!

What a great topic, something we really enjoy, to make, to eat, and to talk about!! Below is a brief description of our food sourcing, for details of the different meals, please click on the links to the left. Let’s hope there is something that can tempt you!

Homemade

Most of the food we serve is homemade in our kitchen, where we spend most of our time. Breads, jams and marmalades, muffins and cakes, and granola are all made at Lowthwaite.

Local Cumbrian suppliers

The Watermill at Salkeld supplies our organic flour for the homemade bread. It’s a lovely place to visit if you like baking and/or vegetarian food.

Our bacon all comes from Cranstons, a local butcher in Penrith, who have also established a “local food hall” that includes a greengrocer and fishmonger.

Deer ‘n Dexter provide our Cumberland sausages, made to their own recipe. Jane and Peter live on the northern side of Little Mell Fell. They work with several local smallholders that keep small numbers of free ranging pigs.

Organic and Sustainable Food

Quite some of our food is organic, but we don’t claim to be 100% organic. We choose to use organic produce where we think it provides the best value. The best example is the organic flour, an important staple which makes really good bread.

Suma Wholefoods stock a range of their own brand products as well as natural and responsibly sourced products from many other wholefood suppliers. We purchase many of our staple groceries from them, a large part of which are organic and/or Fair Trade. Suma is one of the largest workers cooperatives in England.

Fairtrade

Fair Trade

After having spent years in Tanzania, Fairtrade is very important to us, so we try to get as many Fairtrade products as possible. This means not only tea and coffee, but also sugar, sometimes bananas, vanilla, drinking and cooking chocolate, sometimes honey, and whatever else we can find.

Storing food

We have a fridge in the breakfast room that always has fresh milk for hot drinks, but you are also welcome to use it for wine, your own packed lunch, food for children, or whatever else you might want to keep cool.