The region around Morecambe Bay is renowned for its local produce, as well as some of the best places to eat in the whole of the UK. In fact, much of the local food and drink, produced around Morecambe Bay, is linked to the landscape and its inhabitants, with many food names featuring the area itself! Who hasn’t heard of Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Salt Marsh Lamb, Lyth Valley Damsons and Morecambe Bay Shrimps?
And you won’t be short of places to eat either! With an abundance of restaurants, pubs, cafes, fish and chip shops and Farmers Markets, Morecambe Bay is certainly THE place for foodies. At the head of the list is the 2 Michelin starred L’Enclume Restaurant in Cartmel, home to Simon Rogan, one of the top chefs in the UK, he also ranks amongst one of the finest in the world too. So, make sure you book early, as it can sometimes be 3 months before you can get a table on a Saturday evening. However, if you can’t wait that long, Simon also has a brasserie style restaurant – Rogan & Co, in Cartmel too, which follows the same ethos on quality and service that Simon insists on, but offers a more relaxed dining experience.
Other noteable venues, with excellent reputations for their food, destination and heritage include:-
Courtyard Restaurant at Clarence House, Dalton-in-Furness (2 AA Rosettes), The Sun Terrace Restaurant & Rotunda Bar at The Midland, Morecambe (Famous Art Deco Hotel of the 1930’s, with local delicacies and amazing views), or the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room, Carnforth Station (for a step back in time and home of the set of the David Lean Classic), or try the Cartford Inn at Little Eccleston, or one of the restaurants within the Seafood Pub Co, run by the Neve family, renowned for the quality of their own locally farmed produce.
However, if you are particularly looking for the best in local produce, then for fish you must try Baxters’ Morecambe Bay Shrimps in Morecambe, the only ones to have the Queen’s ‘Royal Warrant’, or smoked fish from the Port of Lancaster Smoke House at Glasson Dock and Shoreway Fisheries in Lancaster and Galgate.
For pies, fresh meat, game and sausages visit the award winning Higginson’s Butchers of Grange-over-Sands, Plumgarths Butchers on the A591, or Sillfield Butchers in the Market Hall in Barrow-in-Furness.
Homemade bread can be purchased at Hazelmere Café in Grange-Over-Sands, Grange Bakery, or the Bread Shed Bakery in Cartmel. And, if you want to make your own bread, buy stoneground flour from Heron Corn Mill at Beetham.
Local delicacies like Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding can be found at their main home in Cartmel, or at places like Sizergh Farm Barn, Holker Food Hall and Booth’s Supermarkets, as well as at many local pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Don’t forget about Lancashire Hot Pot, or Salt Marsh Lamb, available on menu’s at eateries across the region. And a trip to
Morecambe Bay would not be complete without a visit to one of the many excellent Fish and Chip shops in Bolton-le-Sands, Morecambe, Fleetwood and Arnside.
For the cheese lover, pay a visit to Dewley Cheesemakers of Garstang (who have a shop on site), or Cartmel Cheeses in Cartmel. There are many other independent delicatessens selling great cheese from other local producers for you to enjoy too.
Local Bread – Credit Diana Jarvis
And, who could resist some homemade ice cream? Well you won’t be disappointed, as this region has a great many local ice cream producers, but you could try Holme Farm Ice Cream at Grange-Over-Sands, Brucciani’s in Morecambe (where you can enjoy your gelato in an authentic Art Deco café), or Wallings farm at Cockerham and Cool Cow, from Old Holly Farm, near Garstang.
Why not complement all this delicious local produce with some locally produced ales? Around Morecambe Bay there are lots of breweries where you can try the beer on site, including – Lancaster Brewery, Lancaster, Unsworth’s Yard Brewery, Cartmel, Foxfield Brewery at Prince of Wales Pub at Foxfield, Greenodd Brewery at The Ship Inn at Greened and the Old School Brewery at Warton, amongst many others.
There are also a great many more local micro-breweries, who sell their beers through the many local pubs around the Bay. Look out for Hardknott Brewery and Beckstones Brewery, both from Millom, Abraham Thompson from Barrow-in-Furness, Old Stringers and Ulverstone Brewing Company from Ulverston, Fell Brewery from Flookburgh and The Porterage Co at Greenodd. If gin is your tipple, then don’t miss out on some damson Gin at the HOT Wines Shop in Cartmel
Browsing a farmers market also makes for a great holiday experience. Here is a list of farmers markets and food festivals around the bay:
- Ulverston food fair, monthly – 3rd Saturday
- Cartmel food market, monthly – 3rd Friday
- Milnthorpe farmers’ market, monthly – 2nd Friday
- Morecambe farmers’ market, monthly – 4th Thursday
- Pilling farmers market, monthly – 2nd Sunday
- Poulton le Fylde farmers market, monthly – 4th Saturday
- Lancaster charter market, weekly – Wednesday
- Carnforth charter market , weekly – Wednesday
- Lyth Valley Damson Day, annually – April
- Morecambe beer festival , annually
- Lancaster beer festival, annually
- Lancaster food and drink festival, annually
- Fleetwood beer festival, annually
Just some of the delights for you to taste on a trip around Morecambe Bay:
- Shellfish, particularly cockles, mussels and brown shrimps
- Fish, seabass, flukes and salmon
- Saltmarsh Lamb
- Heritage Beef
- Apples and pears
- Damsons and sloes
- Local cheeses and ice creams
What about something a little bit special? Here are some suggestions:
- The Coach House, Ford Park, Ulverstone
- Gillam’s Tearoom and Grocers
- L’Enclume and Rogan & Co, Cartmel
- Holker Hall food hall and cafe, Cark
- Sizergh farm shop and café, Sizergh
- Pick your own fruit at Parkhouse Farm, Milnthorpe
- Witherslack Community Shop, Witherslack
- Hikers Rest, Beckfoot, Witherslack
- Archers café and farm shop at Red Bank Farm, Bolton le Sands
- Greenlands Farm Shop and cafe, near Carnforth
- Wallings Farm Shop and cafe, Cockerham
- Old Holly Farm Shop and cafe, near Garstang
- Bradshaws Farm Shop, Prospect Farm, Garstang Road
Morecambe Bay Shrimps – Credit Baxters of Morecambe