Grasmere Gingerbread - a spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and a cake - is 'the best gingerbread in the world' according to one leading newspaper critic, and it is feted by leading chefs, royalty and celebrities.
Sarah Nelson, a brilliant Victorian cook, invented Grasmere Gingerbread in 1854 and its reputation steadily grew through word-of-mouth testimonials as more and more people visited the Lake District.
The dramatic Lake District fells of Helvellyn and Helm's Crag, with its 'Lion and the Lamb' rock formation, overlook Grasmere and attracted Victorian tourists eager to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities.
The original distinctive blue and white logo for Grasmere Gingerbread reads 'None Genuine Without Trade Mark' and is still used today on Grasmere Gingerbread wrapping.
Sarah Nelson was often outside Church Cottage, selling Grasmere Gingerbread and refreshments from a table top that sat on a tree stump.
Sarah Nelson, who died in 1904 at the age of 88, is buried in St Oswald's churchyard, just a few yards from the grave of poet William Wordsworth.
Romantic poet William Wordsworth, author of 'Daffodils' lived and worked in Grasmere and occasionally taught at the village school.
Victorian tourists used the rapidly expanding railways and romantic steam trains to reach the Lake District and The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop in the 19th century.
Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, which may have evolved from Norse wrestling brought to Britain by Viking invaders, is one of the highlights of the annual Grasmere Sports sponsored by The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.
Grasmere Gingerbread is popular with celebrity chefs, TV and Radio personalities and even Hollywood actors like Tom Cruise and Renee Zellwegger. A host of Coronation Street stars have made a pilgrimage to The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.
Grasmere village is one of the most unspoilt locations in the Lake District. It is an ideal starting point for stunning scenic walks around lakes and across fells.
Joanne Hunter is a third generation owner of The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop whose great-grandparents entertained the Wordsworths for tea. She runs the business with husband Andrew and the couple have three children, Yasmine, Eden Rose and Eamont.
Charity begins at home and The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop supports the conservation of local wildlife, the landscape and life-saving organisations by fund-raising for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Nurture Lakeland and the Great North Air Ambulance.
To buy Grasmere Gingerbread or any of our wonderful foodstuffs and gifts please visit The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop in person (open every day except Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day) or make your purchase here from our online shop.
Our award-winning Cumberland Rum is delicious - a delicacy whose exact origins are shrouded in mystery! It first appeared in West Cumbrian larders in the late 18th century after rum arrived into local ports via merchant ships. Rum Butter quickly became a mainstay of the humblest homes.
Utterly unique, devilishly moreish and so mouth-watering one slice will never be enough; Grasmere Gingerbread is only available to buy inside The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop or here via our online shop.
Grasmere Gingerbread® wedding favours are available in either heart-shaped or traditional pieces. Descended from historical 'bonbonnieres' - gift boxes given out at 18th century aristocratic weddings in Europe - ours are presented in a variety of pouches and boxes.
Our fantastic hampers and gift boxes, packed with high-quality foodstuffs and, of course, Grasmere Gingerbread make stunning gifts. Choose from our selected range or create your own bespoke hamper with favourite ingredients from our online shop by calling us on: 015394 35428.
Third generation owner Joanne Hunter has dedicated her life to The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. “I am committed to preserving the reputation of Sarah Nelson, a real-life woman of substance, and her wonderful Grasmere Gingerbread.”