Welcome to Cartmel
Welcome to the official website for the vibrant historic village of Cartmel. This unspoilt village is situated in a quiet valley in one of England’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty.
Offering stunning views of the South Lakeland District fells and countryside, Cartmel has grown up around its famous 12th Century medieval Priory Church. It is a special place where ancient history and tradition mingle effortlessly with the present day.
Although steeped in history, Cartmel is not trapped in time and the village offers today's visitors many modern surprises in the form of fine quality attractions, shops, eateries and places to stay.
Around the village square you will discover a delightful assortment of genuine 16th - 18th century buildings providing, as they have for centuries, friendly inns, well stocked shops and private dwellings.
South Lakeland’s Finest...
Peruse this website to discover the many treasures, activities and attractions on offer when you visit Cartmel. Whenever you decide to visit we guarantee you a warm and friendly welcome.
Take time to visit this medieval village, which was winner of numerous 'Cumbria in Bloom' awards in 2011, and winner of Silver Gilt in the 2012 Britain In Bloom awards. It's also fascinating to explore the limestone pavements and surrounding landscape that reaches out to meet the sands of Morecambe Bay on the edge of the Furness Peninsula.
Latest News 2013...
NEW CARTMEL B&B at Greenbank Farm
Greenbank Farm are now offering B&B in a new annex to the beautiful late 16th/early 17th century farmhouse. Greenbank Farm stands in 70 acres of grazing land interspersed with small areas of ancient woodland. The property sits in a prominent elevated position boasting one of the best views of the beautiful Cartmel Valley and picturesque Cartmel village. Owners, Sandy & Sylvia Alexander offer two double B&B rooms: Farm View - The main bedroom, with en-suite bath and shower room, has its own entrance at the rear of the farmhouse and can be a double or twin depending on your requirements. Valley View - A double bedroom with en-suite shower room. The suite is accessed through the main house. Greenbank Farm is also home of the Black Horses.
Cartmel a Silver winner at Britain In Bloom
Sandra and Philip Pascall, members of the Cartmel In Bloom Group, attended the awards ceremony with the Groups Treasurer David Crabtree at Cleethorpes last Saturday and were delighted to receive Cartmel’s award!
This is in addition to the Tidiest Village award and the trophy for the Best Sustainable Development for the region already won in this year’s Cumbria In Bloom.
The RHS judges had visited Cartmel on August 1 and very much enjoyed their tour of the village which concluded with a buffet reception at the Priory with speeches from the Cartmel In Bloom Campaign’s Patron, Lord Cavendish, and the Group’s chair, Tiffany Hunt as well as food donated by many Cartmel hospitality businesses including L’Enclume.
Amongst their comments, the judges said about their visit:
‘Cartmel is a beautiful village in which to live and visit. The Bloom Group here are engaging in environmental and floral projects that make a real difference, brightening up and improving the place for all. They have started on the second phase of their journey in their Bloom campaign with strategic plans that they are beginning to realise by engaging their partners. Participation in the campaign is very strong and obvious demonstrating the commitment of those involved all the year through. We loved our ‘ribbiting’ visit to the school even if we were upstaged by a frog’.
Cartmel are the tidiest village in Cumbria
At the recent ‘Cumbria in Bloom Awards Ceremony’ Cartmel won the trophy for the tidiest village together with the trophy for the Best Sustainable Development for the region.
To add to these awards they also gained a Silver Gilt and Runner - up in the Best Village category.
In an awards ceremony held at Maryport on 6 September, Linda (Secretary) & David (Treasurer) Crabtree of the Cartmel In Bloom Group walked away smiling, laden with many awards which reflect the hard work of all those volunteers who have worked tirelessly in the last twelve months to keep Cartmel clean, green and beautiful.
In the The Young People's Award category, the pupils of the Cartmel Primary School were complimented for the design and construction of three mosaic panels adorning the Cartmel bus shelter and which in the judges’ opinion “created a bit of local history by accurately depicting aspects of rural life of the area”
Both the Cartmel Primary and Priory Schools won awards in the Schools Gardening Competition.
The new Priory Church Garden, the Town End Meadow borders and the River Eea Walkway & Wildflower Scheme all won awards under the RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ scheme.
The judges commented “The Cartmel in Bloom Group, established in 2011 has rapidly expanded to reach all sectors of the community. The results speak for themselves, an immaculate village of which the community is obviously proud and the thousands of visitors very appreciative of the efforts. It is very difficult to single out the contribution of any particular sector or project as all combine to create an entry in the Cumbria in Bloom competition which establishes a benchmark to which to aspire”.
NW Good Food Guide Entries 2014: Rogan's Run
(Photo: Simon Rogan left, with General Manager of The Midland, Mike Magrane)
It's been Simon Rogan's Year when it comes to awards, and they just keep coming!
In the NW Good Food Guide Entries 2014, Rogan's The French has just won 'best new entry', L'Enclume beats Fat Duck to best in the country.
Simon Rogan’s restaurant The French, based at the Midland Hotel, has also been awarded the impressive accolade of Best New Entry in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014.
The restaurant has gone straight into the guide’s Top 50 restaurant listing, making L’Enclume the best restaurant in the country according to the Good Food Guide 2014.
GLORIOUS SUNSHINE FOR CARTMEL SHOW - WED 7 AUGUST 2013
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Cartmel In Bloom
The RHS Britain In Bloom judges visited Cartmel on 1st August and during their visit at the Primary School garden where many edibles are being grown by pupils in a joint venture with Cartmel’s 2 Michelin star restaurant L’Enclume, were left standing talking amongst themselves as all the young children got over excited by a small frog that decided to seek refuge amongst the vegetables.
Experienced judges Mark Wasilewski and Mel Henley later joked in a brief speech during the reception given by the Cartmel In Bloom Group in the Priory church about the fun part of their job, upstaged by a frog being one such example.
Lord Cavendish, patron of Cartmel In Bloom, welcomed the judges and paid tribute to all the volunteers who have given their time and effort and the local businesses for supporting the cause.
The Chair of the Cartmel In Bloom Group, Tiffany Hunt thanked the judges, Lord Cavendish, the Rev. Nick Devenish for hosting the event, the members of the group and all the volunteers and supporters for their input as well as all the businesses who had again this year offered free food and drink for the reception. She quoted visitors on Trip Advisor who had marked ‘a gem in the Lake District’ when referring to Cartmel and ‘stunning’ when talking about the gardens they had visited during Open Gardens Day.
The day was marked with great success with the judges route including areas such as the Village Allotments, the Village Hall border, the bus shelter decorated by mosaic panels made by the pupils of the primary school and the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ projects of the Town End Meadow and the Priory Church New Garden amongst other.
Those present at the reception had the chance to sample stunning canapés by L’Enclume which were inspired by this year’s ‘Edible Britain’ theme, and savoury and sweet treats donated by the Cartmel Village Shop, Hales Chocolates, Cartmel Cheeses, Cartmel Coffee, Cartmel Bakery, The Kings Arms pub, the Mallard, Cartmel Valley Game and Furness Fish and Game.
The results of the Britain In Bloom campaign will be announced at a ceremony in Cleethorpes on the 12th October 2013.
NEW ARRIVAL IN THE VILLAGE - Sjouke the Friesian Foal
NEAR tragedy was averted by a fast acting vet at Cartmel’s Black Horses Friesian Stud when their MODEL Friesian mare, Femma L, gave birth to a female foal on Sunday July 7.
Owner, Tracey Venter, said: “We were concerned that Femma had suffered a difficult pregnancy so we called out the vet from Frame, Swift & Partners, and we are so thankful we did as it suddenly turned into a life-threatening situation.”
The vet, Jess Gillon, arrived just minutes after the foal was born and found himself dealing with a uterine prolapse.
“There was so much blood and it looked like the mare was slipping away from us, so Jess had to work fast to expertly separate the placenta from the uterus, before easing the organ back inside Femma,” Tracey explained. “He kept us calm throughout and worked with such great care and we cannot thank him enough for saving her life.”
The female foal was given a clean bill of health and named Sjouke fan de Groenbank.
“Femma has made a remarkable recovery and will be resting in the stable whilst she nurses Sjouke, but we have allowed them out briefly to stretch their legs in the sunshine,” said Tracey. “Although Femma’s natural breeding days are now over, we may consider an embryo transfer in the future, where the foal would be carried by a surrogate recipient mare, and this is something we have successfully done in the past.”
For information about carriage rides around Cartmel village in this beautiful summer weather go to the Black Horses website
Tracey Venter is the President of the Friesian Horse Society of Great Britain & Ireland, who have just launched a new website full of fascinating information about the Friesian breed: www.fhagbi.co.uk
AWARD WINNING SIMON ROGAN
Simon Rogan scored doubles at the 30th Cateys 2013 awards, collecting two trophies at the hospitality industry’s most prestigious awards ceremony in July. Mr Rogan, chef-patron of L’Enclume in Cartmel, won the Chef Award, as well as Restaurateur of the Year – Independent.
The awards keep on coming with Mr Rogan rpicking up the Tourism Personality of the Year accolade at Cumbria Tourism’s AGM.
The man behind L’Enclume, Rogan and Co and Roganic was presented with the award, which recognises an individual’s service to tourism. Previous winners have included mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington and writer and journalist Hunter Davies.
Simon Bennett, chairman of the commercial members committee, said: “We wish to congratulate Simon Rogan on being presented with the Bernard Gooch Award for his outstanding contribution to the visitor economy of Cumbria and we look forward to hearing a little about his future plans for L’Enclume and further developing Cumbria’s food offer.’’
Preparing for Britain in Bloom 2013 - Support Cartmel In Bloom
Part of our success in the forthcoming Britain In Bloom judging will be our performance in communicating the work with do with horticulture, community and environment.
In addition to the website www.cartmelinbloom.co.uk, we now have a Facebook page the success of which will be seen by the judges partly in terms of how many people see it or are linked to it.
We would be grateful if, as part of your friendship and support towards us, you could take a minute to see the page www.facebook.com/cartmelinbloom and ‘like’ it or even better become a friend or ask people you know who are related, visit or like Cartmel to do the same.
The Cartmel in Bloom Group has joined forces with Simon Rogan of L’Enclume to create a dish in celebration of Edible Britain, which is this year’s theme for RHS’ Britain In Bloom Award.
The dish called ‘Spring Offerings’ showcases the very best seasonal vegetables, leaves, herbs and flowers grown at Simon’s Cartmel farm, bringing together different tastes, textures and temperatures. It will be served to diners at L’Enclume’s research and development kitchen – ‘Aulis’ – and at Simon’s newest restaurant – ‘The French’ at The Midland Hotel – in Manchester.
Mr Rogan said: “The dish perfectly represents our food philosophy, drawing on the very best of our own seasonal produce. It’s a real celebration of stunning seasonal ingredients and captures the theme of Edible Britain perfectly.
“Our aim is to grow and forage the most amazing produce, we are working with a quality and variety that you simply cannot buy, to cook the best we must grow the best. Our farm here in Cartmel was built by chefs and is run by chefs, this unique approach gives us ultimate control of our product”
Cartmel Primary school are also getting involved with regular school trips to the farm and hands-on workshops in which pupils create their own grow projects to take back to their vegetable garden at the school.
Yew Tree Barn - The Big Change
Yew Tree Barn at Low Newton has been busy revamping the displays upstairs to downstairs & vice versa!
They've been busy moving masses of stock and have painted, cleaned, titivated before moving everything around for a complete re-display of relocation.
Pamela and Clive Wilson are now delighted to able to greet people as they arrive, and it's easier to pop in for the smaller purchase and much better to browse in the spacious upstairs galleries.
LOWER ALLITHWAITE COMMUNITY PLAN –
The Community Plan group is currently drafting an action plan to address the key issues arising from last year’s survey. The aim is to present this draft to the public at two local drop-in meetings. A full report of the findings from last year’s survey will also be available to view.
The meetings will take place between 10 a.m. and 12.00 noon on Saturday February 23rd at Allithwaite Community Centre and Saturday March 9th at Cartmel Village Hall. (Details for both villages will be available at either meeting.)
At the meetings local residents and traders will be able to study what is being proposed, talk to members of the Community Plan group and feed in their own ideas. Those interested can also volunteer to join one of the action groups which are to be set up to move our work from planning to implementation.
Community Plan group
MAIN FINDINGS FROM CONSULTATION
284 questionnaires were completed. 64% of respondents were aged 51 or over. 69% had lived in the area for at least 11 years. Given the length of the questionnaire some people did not answer all questions.
Clearly there were high levels of satisfaction with living in this area. Time and again respondents commented on the quality of the countryside, its scenery and its peace and quiet. Equally they valued the nature of the community itself and the quality of village life including its relatively crime free nature.
The most frequently voiced hope for the future was that the area and the respondent’s village would stay very much the same. Where change was necessary, it should be for such things as improvements in parking and some small scale provision of affordable homes for local families. The local countryside should be preserved from intrusions such as significant wind farm development and the villages should not become more commercialised than they are. The community needed to remain vibrant with young families continuing to live here.
On the whole respondents appreciated how their village looked and how its buildings were cared for. However, one criticism was pavement clutter, including A boards. Open spaces within the villages were greatly valued - 91% respondents said such spaces were very or fairly important. The surrounding countryside was if anything even more important to people. Nobody ticked the not at all important option, either for open spaces within the villages or more widely.
As regards green issues, although major infrastructure projects were strongly opposed, interest was nevertheless expressed in local renewable energy development: 54% of respondents felt this was very or fairly important. There was quite a strong demand for improved recycling arrangements.
Respondents viewed road traffic (57%), parking (53%) and safety (39%) as serious concerns, which were very much intertwined. These issues particularly affected the centre of the villages but also, to an extent, the wider area. The volume and speed of traffic were a concern and a reduced speed limit, particularly within the villages, was the most supported of the presented options.
Car parking was a significant problem, especially in the centre of the villages, where pedestrians felt particularly vulnerable. It is a daily issue and it applies all year round. Indiscriminate parking was one of the main bugbears. A range of solutions was supported, the most popular being additional parking provision on the edge of the villages.
Housing was a burning issue. It was felt that any housing development should be small scale: 57% were in favour of just 1 to 3 houses, whereas just 9% would support developments of 10 or more. On the other hand, the great majority of respondents showed strong support for affordable housing, 75% regarding this as very or fairly important. 71% of respondents supported the principle of building for local occupancy, particularly for people connected with the parish.
The value of having local businesses was recognised and the importance of attracting visitors was understood. Local events were popular and well supported (67%), ranging from small community based events to the larger scale shows, festivals and race meetings. The vast majority of people felt the number of events should not increase beyond the current level, concerns being expressed by some about noise and, more significantly, road congestion.
Local amenities and services were generally well thought of. However, the gritting of roads and particularly pavements was regarded as unsatisfactory by a majority of respondents: 39% were satisfied against 45% dissatisfied with road gritting; and just 13% were satisfied against 54% dissatisfied with pavement gritting. A narrow majority thought road maintenance satisfactory. Many people were unhappy about dog fouling (32% satisfied with the situation compared with 40% dissatisfied).
Public transport – especially the bus service - was poorly rated to the extent that 18% of respondents said there was nothing which could induce them to use it more often. 70% regarded it as easier to use a car and 25% even thought it easier to walk or cycle than use public transport. Services running at times needed (for example, for getting to work) and with better connections would help.
Provision of faster broadband was supported by 75% of people, 46% seeing this as very important.
There is a general feeling that the needs of particular groups in our community are at least reasonably well cared for, though quite large numbers chose not to offer a judgement. 52% of people were satisfied with how older people are cared for compared with 6% dissatisfied. For families the breakdown was 39% as against 5%, for people with disabilities 26% as against 10% and for younger people 26% as against 17%. A variety of suggestions was offered for improving the picture, including the views of young people from the local primary schools and of a small number from Cartmel Priory School.
The full plan draws out a number of ways in which the responses of Allithwaite and Cartmel residents differed from each other. Obviously some of these differences will want to be reflected in the action plan to be drawn up in the New Year.
Community Plan group
Cartmel in Bloom’s herbal fusion
‘Cartmel in Bloom’ is living proof that the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) ‘Britain in Bloom’ campaign is much more than immaculate gardens and pretty floral displays.
Taking on board the theme ‘Edibles’, which the RHS is promoting in 2013, the Group have initiated and will continue to facilitate a scheme of close collaboration between the coveted, 2 Michelin star L’Enclume restaurant and the Cartmel Primary School involving learning and growing herbs by the pupils at Simon Rogan’s Cartmel farm.
Following meetings with Dan Cox, director of Aulis RD the research facility behind L'Enclume , thirty pupils were invited to visit the farm. Initially, they learnt about the activities at the farm and the herbs & vegetables grown there. In the Spring they will be helped to grow their own herbs so that they may use them in their cooking classes.
Sarah Firth, Head teacher of Cartmel Primary explained:
“We have a well established school kitchen garden that has been developed over the past few years with support from both parents and members of the local community. Our staff and children are very keen to be involved in this project which we believe will continue to motivate our children to grow and eat their own herbs and even provide them for use in our school kitchen.
Dan Cox said:
“We will create a special area at the farm where the children can cultivate their own herbs in trays, each labelled with their own name. At the right time, the herbs will be transferred to the school garden for the pupils to take full ownership. Simon Rogan and all of us at L’Enclume love using herbs and it will be our pleasure to organise demos and short talks to the pupils about the benefits and value of herbs. Who knows: One of these youngsters may one day be working with us!”
The intention is for the project to be incorporated in the school blog and a video to be made of the children at work.
David Crabtree, Treasurer of Cartmel in Bloom who facilitates this project said: We all feel very passionately about bringing different groups of the community together and this kind of project not only honours this year’s Britain in Bloom theme of herbs, but also has great educational value for the youngsters of Cartmel.
Notes to the editor: For immediate release
Contact Tiffany Hunt on 07786 112 048 or David Crabtree on 015395 34840
CONGRATULATIONS to Cartmel Coffee, who scooped the Four Cup National Accreditation in the Beverage Standards Association (BSA) annual Awards the Michelin stars of the coffee industry.
Phaedra and Paul Settle, who run Cartmel Coffee, received a certificate from Richard Scorer (left) the representative of the award sponsors, 3M Water Filtration.
Winning the Four Cup National Accreditation means the coffee shop is exceptional in terms of customer service and ambience. Through these Awards, the BSA (www.beveragestandardsassociati on.co.uk) has introduced a UK-wide national grading scheme in beverages from one to five cups, with four meaning exceptional. The general public can access coffee shops in the same way as restaurants by seeing how many coffee cups an outlet has been awarded.
Cartmel Coffee serves the full range of speciality coffees using its own house blend comprising 40% Guatemalan, 40% Indian and 20% Ugandan beans. The Lancaster brand of loose leaf tea is available such as Earl Grey, Egyptian Mint and Ceylon, while hot chocolate in Belgium chocolate melted into the milk. Open from 10am to 5pm seven days a week, Cartmel Coffee serves gluten free and dairy free cakes, as well as gluten free bread and soya milk. Light
snacks are on offer such as bacon and cheese toastie, mushrooms on toast, and maple butter toast, where the maple syrup is churned into the butter.
Paul says 95% of their products come from local suppliers. For
example, the smoked chicken, ham and smoked salon comes from Taste of the Lakes while the chutneys are from Hawkshead Relish.
Be sure to pop in and have a brew next time you're in Cartmel.
Chef Simon Rogan has taken on a Cartmel pub to add to his expanding culinary empire.
The 44-year-old star of BBC’s Great British Menu will add the village’s Pig and Whistle pub to his double Michelin-starred L’Enclume and Rogan & Co restaurants.
He is set to relaunch the venue, owned by Robinsons Brewery, this weekend after refurbishment.
Mr Rogan said: “Having 30 years’ experience and two other hospitality businesses within the village means we have a good hold on things generally.
“We are aware of the trends, peaks and troughs that come within this industry and especially within this area. We also know the locals and have socialised with them at length during our time here in Cartmel.
“They want a presence and a personality in their pubs, and this is exactly what we will give them at the Pig and Whistle.
“The first thing our guests ask us when they check into our accommodation at L’Enclume is, ‘Where can we go for a good drink?’ In the past we have always recommended other people’s pubs, now we can recommend our own.”
The Pig and Whistle has been Mr Rogan’s local pub since he and partner Penny Tapsell moved to the village 10 years ago.
He added: “It’s one of four pubs in the village. It has lots of charm, it’s small and quaint and when it came up for grabs we felt we had to have it.
“And best of all, it’s just a stone’s throw away from our own front door.”
Mr Rogan, already has future plans for the venue, including new carpets, curtains and furniture, a new bar area, and a possible conservatory.
Nick Devenish is the new incumbent at Cartmel Priory. he has settled well into village life. Service Times: Until further notice weekday services are; Holy Communion at 07.30am on Tuesdays and 10.15 on Thursdays with Evening Prayer at 18.00 on Fridays.
Guild of Cartmel Traders
This website and other promotional activites are funded by an enthusiastic group of Cartmel businesses, who work together in partnership. Businesses within a 3 mile radius of Cartmel can email the Secretary, Sandy Kitching, for details of the new Guild of Cartmel Traders.
The New Guild of Cartmel Traders Committee, elected in November 2010
Chairman, Colin Burke
Vice Chairman, Richard English, Cavendish Arms - 015395 36240
Treasurer, Charlotte White, Cartmel Village Shop - 015395 36280
Secretary, Sandy Kitching, Early Bird Design - 015395 36110
Tim Leader, The Scouts - 015395 33270
Martin Gott, Cartmel Cheeses - 015395 32845
Jonathan Garratt, Cartmel Racecourse - 015395 36340
Andrew Walmsley, The Larch Tree - 015395 36275
Steve Chamberlain, Chamberlains’ Gifts - 015395 33252