Food, Drink and Shopping
One of the best reasons to base yourself in Appleby is the convenience! You will be able to walk to local pubs, restaurants, take-aways and shops. No need to bring the contents of 2 shopping trolleys with you....no problem if you forget to buy the milk...no need to worry about who is going to drive. Stroll down for the paper and fresh bread in the morning, spend the day out and about and the evening exploring the town and it's hospitality. There are a good range of shops in town, with bigger centres not too far away, including Penrith, Kendal and Carlisle.
Carlisle - the Border City - is the main shopping and commercial centre in Cumbria. Carlisle has a compact, historic centre, including a fine castle, unique museum, excellent cathedral, and semi-intact city walls. Catch a train from Appleby station, and be there in 45 minutes.
The Romans established a settlement here - primarily to serve the forts on Hadrian's Wall. In the 12th century, King Henry I allowed the founding of a religious establishment, later making the town a diocese, and thus making the Priory into a Cathedral. The Prior's Tower is next to the Cathedral and houses a small exhibition in the pele tower.
Carlisle Castle is a great medieval fortress that has watched over the City of Carlisle for over nine centuries.
The Village Bakery - Since 1976 Andrew Whitley has been making outstanding organic bread and cakes using traditional baking methods and the retained heat of wood-fired ovens. A converted stone barn beside Melmerby's rolling green, with the Pennine hills behind, is the setting for the innovative village bakery and restaurant dedicated to baking bread and serving food with naturally vital ingredients.
The Restaurant enjoys a reputation for its good home cooking which makes use of produce grown on the 5 acre organic smallholding behind the bakery. Produce can be supplied by mail order, and also bought from shops throughout Cumbria, and further afield. Some of the flour used in the cakes comes from the nearby Little Salkeld Watermill.
Also available are two day training courses on bread-making, suitable for the experienced home baker, or the absolute beginner.
Eden Holidays - Holiday Cottage, Appleby, Eden Valley, Cumbria