Grasmere Gingerbread® has opened a second shop in Hawkshead; 169 years after its inventor Sarah Nelson first sold her world-famous famous spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake from her Church Cottage home – now The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop – in the village of Grasmere.
The new venture sells freshly baked Grasmere Gingerbread® and takeaway coffee supplied by artisan roaster Duffin’s Coffee, Staveley, near Kendal.
It also offers Grasmere Gingerbread® ice cream and stocks dozens of other foodstuffs and gifts – many of them ginger themed – made by fellow Cumbrian small businesses.
“The response from customers has been overwhelming,” said Andrew Hunter, co-director of the 169-year-old business.
“Our Hawkshead shop does not simply replicate The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop experience in Grasmere; it provides terrific takeaway coffee and consciously showcases lots of great products made by other small and family Cumbrian businesses, many of whom we have been working with for years but whose products we may have only sold online due to a lack of space in our original shop.”
“Duffin’s Coffee provided all the barista training for our staff and they have been a joy to work with.”
The Staveley-based artisan roaster is known for its commitment to eco-friendly and ethical coffee bean production in South America.
“As we already produce Sarah Nelson’s Comfort Coffee for Grasmere Gingerbread® we were absolutely thrilled to collaborate with them on this exciting venture in Hawkshead,” said Steven Duffin.
The Hawkshead shop, which is located at Corner Shop, Main Street, is open to the public seven days a week, 10 to 4.30 pm.