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 general efforts, for details of the different meals please click on the links to the left. Let's hope there is something that can tempt you!
Most of the food we serve is homemade in our kitchen, where we spend most of our time - and it's usually not half as tidy as the above picture! Breads, jams and marmalades, muffins and cakes, granola, and of course, the dinners, are all made at Lowthwaite.
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 sausage and bacon all comes from Cranstons, a local butcher in Penrith, who also supply the delicious lamb shanks for dinners.
For our dinners we get beef and venison from Deer 'n Dexter. It is as local as it can be, some of the cows are currently grazing just behind our car park. The animals are responsibly farmed and locally butchered, AND the meat tastes great so we are very lucky.
|After quite a lot of tasting and consideration we have changed our sausages, so the meat now comes from Brackenfell Rare Breed, which is over by Hutton-in-the-Forest. The sausages are made by Deer 'n Dexter (see above) and taste delicious, and are as local as can be. We are very lucky to have such a good choice just "next door".|
Last, but not least, we get our eggs from Raymond Clark, a smallholder in Matterdale who keeps free range hens. This summer he has also provided us with plenty of blackcurrants and gooseberries, which are used for jams and puddings.
A relatively large part 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, and at the same time, it makes really good bread.