Local meat producers, cheese makers, bakers and others all have regular stalls at the Saturday morning market. Many of the local farmers also have open days where you can go to see round their farms. Slack House Farm at Birdoswald sells its own Birdoswald cheese and has a tea room; Gelt House Farm just off the A69 at Hayton sells its own Cumbrian Cottage dairy ice cream and sorbets in a variety of delicious flavours in its tea room and has a gift shop which sells foodie gifts and also ‘Made in Cumbria’ products.
Local pubs and restaurants serve a range of food from the traditional ‘pie and chips’ to more upmarket fare. However you don’t need to go far afield to find good food: Brampton boasts two good restaurants, Capernaum (‘for fine dining’) and Brambles Bistro, as well as various cafés and pubs. There is also a tea rooms, with a gift shop and visitor information centre at nearby Lanercost. Beware though: many of the cafés stop serving food at about 4.30pm and some venues are closed on a Monday evening.
Nor is the cultural scene dead. Live music is often performed in local pubs, clubs and restaurants, Brampton Community Centre has a monthly Film Club, and there are various local festivals such as Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones at Kirklinton Hall, Music on the Marr at Castle Carrock and the Lanercost Festival. culture