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A Taste of Cumbria
In the 18th and 19th century the busy West Coast ports of Maryport, Whitehaven,
Workington and Harrington were used to bring into the country exotic sugars,
spices and the like, that only travellers to foreign parts had ever had
the opportunity to sample.
Cumbrians were not slow to understand the benefits to be had from using
these 'new' products. Muscavado and Barbados sugars, rich and dark, were
used in the preservation and curing of hams instead of the more traditional
system of salting and smoking. Dark rum, direct from the distilleries
on the sugar plantations of the Caribbean, was used along with nutmeg
and other spices to preserve butter to be eaten on scones and bread during
the winter months when milk production was at its lowest.
Rum Nicky, using crystallised ginger, spices, dates and rum butter in
a pastry shell, became a favourite, as did sticky toffee pudding using
dates, dark sugar, vanilla and cream.
It's no wonder Cumbria has subsequently become the gastronomic centre
of the UK, its food history is steeped in good old-fashioned traditions.
Meals all day
Relax amongst the rafters, drool over the Cumbrian home-bakings and take
time to ponder over the impending purchase downstairs.
We serve home-made health food which is wholesome and as far as possible,
Waitress service. Licensed. No smoking