Cartmel – The Culinary (and Horse Racing!) Capital of Cumbria

Cartmel, tucked away out of site but most definitely not out of mind. Within easy reach of the M6, Kendal and Grange Over Sands yet secluded, peaceful and quiet.

cartmel racecourse
Cartmel Racecourse

This weekend however, it will be far from peaceful and quiet but in a very good way. One of the reasons Cartmel, despite it’s diminutive size and quaintness, is the famous Cartmel Racecourse. Cartmel races are on this weekend Saturday 20 July and Monday 22nd July and it is tipped to be a sell out being the first week of the summer holidays and with quite frankly, stunning weather forecast throughout the whole weekend. Cartmel Races has grown in popularity over the years attracting some big name riders and spectators now. Pimms and champagne a regulation!

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L’Enclume restaurant in cartmel

But in even more recent years, Cartmel has become famous for another reason. The reason being food and most notably, Simon Rogan and the 2 Michelin star L’Enclume restaurant. Within the village Simon also owns Rogan & Co and the latest attribute The Pig & Whistle. Each venue offers a different cooking and menu style as well as ambiance. In the Cartmel Valley he also owns a farm where produce is grown for the restaurants.



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Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding

But food doesn’t stop with Simon Rogan. Cartmel is home to the world famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee pudding. Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding is revered by chefs, by the biggest STP aficionados and can be found worldwide! A few years ago, who would have thought making puddings in the back kitchen of a village shop could result in worldwide recognitions and success, a true testament to a fantastic product.

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Cartmel Sheeses Shop

Other excellent places to visit when in Cartmel are Cartmel Coffee and Cartmel Cheeses. As with all the businesses in the village, these two offer the highest quality produce and service and really make the most of the area and sourcing locally. Cartmel Coffee has been awarded 4 Cup ‘Exceptional’ by BSA and serves home baked cakes and Cartmel Cheeses is a proper cheese retailer being cheesemakers themselves. Having only opened 3 years ago, Cartmel Cheeses range has now grown to a cheese-tastic 50 cheese.

And all these businesses wouldn’t be as popular if it wasn’t for the setting of the village, the architecture and the surrounding landscape hence why property in Cartmel village has long been very sought after to purchase, desirability of the highest order.

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A cottage in Cartmel from LCC

In terms of places to stay when visiting Cartmel then a self catering cottage is a top choice in my eyes. Just think of the great choice of places to eat and the great food and produce outlets. A cottage in Cartmel means you can enjoy the freedom of dining where and when you wish as well as having a fridge to jam pack full of sticky toffee pud and cheese! The Lakeland Cottage Company offer a great range of Cartmel cottages with some being 5 star gold award properties but that isn’t any surprise in a village such as this.