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Fresh From The Farm – Askerton Castle Estate

Do you know where your meat is coming from this Christmas? As the season of eating, drinking and making merry fast approaches, Christmas markets pop up across the region and Cumbrians prepare festive fare to serve at their table. It’s the busiest time of year for Askerton Castle Estate. Situated on the outskirts of Brampton, […]

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Country Style Fruit and Veg

For one family, supporting local produce and helping others do the same, is a full time job. At Country Style Fruit and Veg, their motto is to provide fresh fruit and veg, straight from the fields and much of their produce is sourced from within 30 miles of Carlisle. They encourage eating in season and […]

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Home Comforts at The Fox and Pheasant

New Owners Bring Home Comforts to the Fox and Pheasant  A local family have taken on a second Cumbrian pub and look set to make it a soaring success. Situated in the heart of the Eden Valley, the Fox and Pheasant at Armathwaite offers home cooked food, real ale, fine wines and comfortable accommodation. New […]

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A Wee Slice of Irish in Carlisle

A former nurse is bringing a taste of Ireland to Carlisle, with the opening of the city’s first traditional irish cafe.  A qualified nurse, until recently Lynda Robinson worked full time at the Cumberland Infirmary. She would occasionally turn up at the hospital with homemade breads for her colleagues and their fondness of them eventually […]

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Kitchen Reporter – Carol Blamire – Aikton Arms

Head chef and owner at the Aikton Arms, Carol Blamire unexpectedly stumbled upon her love of cooking while in Europe. She worked in France before returning home to train and now enjoys nothing more than bringing everyone together over a prime cut of meat, with all the trimmings. How long have you been a chef? […]

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Saddleworth Cheese Company Comes to Supermarkets Near You

From the Weatherfield cobbles, to the Saddleworth Cheese Company, Sean Wilson has come a long way and now cheese lovers can pick up his products in their local supermarket. It’s a long time since Gail’s hapless husband Martin Platt, waved farewell to Weatherfield and challenged himself to become an artisan cheesemaker. Driven by his fascination […]

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Recipes by Jean-Christophe Novelli

Over the last 10 years, the Guide has had the pleasure of working with some brilliant chefs, both locally acclaimed and otherwise. French chef and frequenter of Whitehaven, Jean-Christophe Novelli has featured in these pages many times with his delectable dishes and last month he returned to Cumbria to show off his skills at Carlisle’s […]

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BBQ Tips

The sun is out, everyone’s been invited, it’s time to crack open the beers and heat up the barbecue. However, as much as we all like to think we know a thing or two about the barbie, how can you be sure to cook up a treat? Our tips for summer barbecuing will ensure you […]

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Kitchen Reporter – Francisco, Lorca Restaurant

Originally from Granada in Spain, Francisco Aparicio, brought a taste of his home cuisine to Carlisle when he opened his restaurant, Lorca, last year. Working in the industry since he was 15, Francisco has almost two decades of experience and is just as passionate front of house, as he is in the kitchen. Did you […]

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Tara’s Seasonal Delights

The welcoming change of the Season brings new and fresh ingredients to the table and more importantly, allows you to get resourceful with what Mother nature is offering up. Between May – June something truly charming happens with signature fruits, juicy berries and fragrant herbs suddenly growing in abundance. The humble rhubarb makes an appearance, […]

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