The best sticky toffee pudding ever at the Cartmel Village Shop

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Perhaps it’s a little extreme to drive all that way up to the north to have some cake and a cup of tea, but you’ve gotta understand that this is, possibly the best sticky toffee pudding EVER and yes, as usual, it must be tasted to be believed.

And yes, the drive was justified. It is, the best sticky toffee pudding ever.

Cartmel, a small village in Cumbria, just outside the borders of the Lakes District, is the home to the sticky toffee pudding.

Looking out to the village of Cartmel from the cafe's window
Looking out to the village of Cartmel from the cafe’s window

The Cartmel Village shop calls itself the home to this deliciously sticky cake, even though Francis Coulson claims that he developed the popular dessert at his Sharrow Bay Country House Hotel in the Lake District in the 1970s.

The history of the sticky toffee pudding may be contested, but that doesn’t take away the fact that the sticky toffee pudding served at Cartmel Village Shop is absolutely divine.


And trust me, as a sticky toffee pudding lover, I’ve had my fair share of sticky toffee puddings! And when the shop has had a good number of celebrity chef endorsements (Rick Stein, Nigella Lawson…) you know it’s good.

One key thing about these puddings is that it must never be dry, and each bite of the pudding in Cartmel oozes the deliciously moist centres with the sticky toffee goodness.

Add ice cream on top and I am in heaven.

Conveniently, take away puddings can be purchased, along with other country gourmet goodness such as jams, chutneys, cheeses and sauces, from the shop to enjoy at home.

Visit: Cartmel Village Shop

Parkgate House, The Square,
Cartmel LA11 6QB

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