Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere Gingerbread:
Grasmere Gingerbread Shop is next to the churchyard and you will definitely smell it before you see it.
The building was formally the village schoolhouse where Wordsworth taught for a time in 1882.
Gingerbread has been made on the premises since the mid-nineteenth century and the recipe (of Sarah Nelson) is still a closely guarded secret.
As a result, gingerbread is still freshly baked daily to the original recipe.
Part sticky cake, part crumbly biscuit Sarah’s unique recipe has stood the passage of time.
Consequently, she kept the recipe in a bank vault before passing it on to her niece.
The shop is no longer in the family, but the recipe has been passed down through the generations and gingerbread is still sold today.
More recently, Sarah nelson’s shop hit the national headlines over the application to trademark the name of ‘Grasmere Gingerbread’.
The current owners of Sarah Nelson’s have alleged that only their gingerbread has a real right to use the term, a claim hotly disputed by other local businesses.
They believe that the recipe dates back to a least the mid-18th century when spices, rum and sugar first arrived at the Cumbria ports. They conclude that traditional gingerbread existed long before Sarah Nelson cooked up her first batch.
As a consequence of the gingerbread’s fame, celebrities travel here to taste it and brides use it for wedding favours.
The TV chef – Jamie Oliver, among others, swears it is the best gingerbread he has ever tasted.
Due to the coronavirus, the ‘famous green door’ has closed for the first time in its 166 years in business.
The closure follows government guidelines but you can place orders online.