London Tea Time Special: Sarah Nelson’s Original Celebrated Grasmere Gingerbread
men and ginger snaps are the only associations I am familiar with when
it comes to ginger confectionery. I love my ginger teas just as much.
All along the gingerbread men-women-boy-girl-house
only make their annual appearances at christmas but Marks and Spencers
made christmas all year round with their gingerbread boy and girl
selections. Ginger snaps are pretty much the usuals.
Ripped off their website:
Grasmere lies in
the heart of the English Lake District National Park, just north of Lake
Windermere. This world famous village is a classic tourist attraction;
here is Dove Cottage, the home of the English
Poet William Wordsworth, it is also the home of Sarah Nelson’s Grasmere
Gingerbread. Fans of their gingerbread include celebrities like Jamie
Oliver, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
1854, Sarah Nelson’s Original Celebrated Grasmere Gingerbread has come a
long way and it started out with a lady called Sarah Nelson who baked
to earn a living. Rum Butter is what they
sell as well but I didn’t get my hands on that. They also specialise in
gingerbread wedding favours as ginger has
been associated with love, passion and fertility – How novel!
was surprised to find my gingerbread double wrapped in a paper package –
almost as if I was back in the olden times where packaging was neutral
and minimalistic. Peeling open the wrappers
to unveil browned squares that remind me of rye bread was a greater
surprise. Biting into one gave the jaw some good exercise but this was
easy to love. Crumbly and hard, it was almost like a gingerbread rock to
some extent and brown sugar shavings but the
flavours captured were beautiful. Loved the candied ginger bits folded
in and how old fashioned this way. Who ever said gingerbread men had to
taste the way they do now? Crunching my way through the delight made tea
For the interested, Sarah Nelson’s Original Celebrated Grasmere
Gingerbread can only be purchased from The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop -
tucked away in the corner of St. Oswalds’s Churchyard, next to the
Wordsworth Hotel. There are apparently knock offs around
Grasmere so beware of imitations!
National Grid Reference; Easting: 33370, Northing: 50740.