Plumgarths has to be one of my fave foodie shops in Kendal. Purveyors of fine edible delights, this well-known butchers and farm shop is situated just off the Crook Road slap-bang in the southern most gateway to the Lakes. Easy to get to for locals and the perfect spot for a final, impulsive spending flurry from departing tourists…
Primarily a buchers first and foremost, Plumgarths was created by three local chaps: John Geldard, Steve Chambers and Paul Airey. A farmer, meat salesman and butcher it was the ideal ménage à trois leading to business success. Passionate about strengthening the local economy, reducing food miles and the creation of sustainable jobs, Plumgarths is now a thriving farm shop, butchers and café with an ever-increasing following of loyal customers.
The shelves are stacked high with a delectable variety of local produce as well as a smattering of other offerings from afar (you know, places like Yorkshire… Lancashire…).
The usual suspects jostle for prime retail position; it’s a veritable Taste Cumbria battle of the brands showcasing the county’s finest artisan picks and a small but surprisingly diverse selection of local booze.
But it is the butchers that attracts the regular stream of customers through its doors. The majority of meat comes from small scale farms in the surrounding fells and dales with the animals slaughtered only 7 miles down the road in a small, local abatoir run by the same family for over 175 years. It’s all about reducing the carbon footprint and minimising transportation stress in the animals which is reflected in the meat when butchered.
So what’s new? Well, exciting news is afoot. Following the success of their Himalayan salt-aged beef, Plumgarths is expanding; but not as a continuation of the traditional signage you see outside the shop today. The brains behind the brawn have just launched The Lakeland Salthouse with branding so uber cool and modern, it couldn’t be further away from the safe and reliable Plumgarths name we all know so well…. I’ll be investigating shortly so watch this space!
Plumgarths Farm Shop, Crook Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8QJ
T 01539 736300 www.plumgarths.co.uk