The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop
4.5
9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Established in 1854. Grasmere Gingerbread was invented in 1854 by Victorian creator cook Sarah Nelson who mixed and baked her spicy-sweet chewy concoction inside her neat Church Cottage home - now The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop - and sold it to villagers and visitors from a table top on a tree stump outside her front door. One hundred and sixty five years after the creation and launch of Grasmere Gingerbread, Sarah Nelson's remarkable, unique legacy lives. Her wonderful spicy-sweet cross between a biscuit and cake enjoys a worldwide following and it is still baked fresh every day to her original secret recipe inside her former home, now The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.
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  • Ariane
    Urmston, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worlds best gingerbread
    Cute little shop lovely staff the smell as you walk in wow. Best gingerbread ever I love it got myself 1 then went back got 12 pack. It's great that they stick to the old recipe.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Jmama1804
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dont eat a whole pack like i did
    I love this place, queue is always big but does go down quick. Shop is very small so I would recommend only 1 person go in from your group/family. Ginger bread is ridiculously addictive I kept eating one after the other. Needless to say I ended up with a hellish stomach ache but it was worth it. They do post it out if you order online
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Fayfilsell
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ammmaazzzziiing
    Amazing gingerbread and fun in the ques seeing everyone smiling and licking their lips at the amazing smell coming from the shop. Had to get the bus back to Grassmere to restock before I went home. Beautiful little shop and friendly staff.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • sstapleton06
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth queuing for
    Every time we have visited Grasmere , this Gingerbread shop has always been so busy with ques . Finally got to try this scrumptious Gingerbread - well worth the que . If you can go during the week the ques aren't as bad . Very reasonable, priced & so delicious 😋 . If you are ever visiting Grasmere , this shop is well worth visiting
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • Vanessa
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom3,354 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Ginger Bread. Quaint.
    Even if you don't like gingerbread, you have to join the queue and buy some! It's quaint, it's lovely inside, the smell of gingerbread is amazing. It's £7.95 for 12 pieces or £4.5 for 6 pieces, you can buy 1 piece for 90p. I think the queues can get long, but there was only about 4 in front of us.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Bee
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very quaint and interesting
    This was my first trip to Grassmere but I had been told about the gingerbread. We waited in a little queue and then headed into the tiny shop which doesn’t have anything other than a counter. They didn’t stock all the flavours of gingerbread that are advertised online but we bought some of the regular original one and it was delicious. It was a very nice experience and the staff were lovely.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Cat C
    Glasgow, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful little shop takes you back in time
    We were lucky not to have to wait too long as the queue can get long if a coach of tourists gets there before you. I absolutely loved the quaint little shop and the biscuit/cake gingerbread was as lovely. It put me in mind of a ginger shortbread and is slightly chewy. I’m trying to order some for the Christmas period as it’s so good. We walked up from the shop to see Wordsworth’s cottage and the quaint village street and it was a really lovely trip. I can’t admit to how many bits I ate as I took in the sites of the little village. I also bought fudge but accidentally bought one with blueberry or blackberry which didn’t work for me at all. I’ll maybe order the fudge to try at Christmas.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 21, 2023
  • AB
    67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Good
    Worth the queue wait as the gingerbread exceeded my expectations. However, the tea didn't taste anything special. AN added bonus was the queue went fast and the people behind the counter was vintage outfits that they would have worn at the time the shop opened. I do think it makes it less special to have a second shop. Maybe just have this shop.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 1, 2023
  • redscarfox
    Redcar, United Kingdom976 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit location
    Staying in Grasmere so a visit to the Gingerbread Shop was a must. As it was November there wasn’t much of a queue , so even though it’s a relatively small space we I were in ant out fairly quickly. I’m back home now so have still got the taste of the Gingerbread to look forward to.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 22, 2023
  • Antony J
    Blackpool, United Kingdom59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Gingerbread
    Visited as it had a good writeup anyway and we were very pleasantly surprised. It's a very small shop bursting with many gingerbread items, fudge and sauces. The person serving was extremely helpful and talkative. An item we wanted was not on display as it was only available for pancakes day yet still showing on their website, he spoke to his supervisor who then disappeared to wherever there stockroom is and get what we wanted. The gingerbread is absolutely beautiful! You will also find William Wordsworth's grave out back in the church cemetery. Well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2024
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Secert Traveller
Liverpool, UK24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
The shop is tiny as it’s old and the queue can be quite long at times but you are there because it’s something new to try.
There is a small selection of gingerbread products and chocolates but personally I think the time spent queue is worth it. I would recommend having a look at what they sell and prices before entering.
Some prices have gone up and still marked at a different price
Written March 19, 2022
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Louis-Courtney J
Prestatyn, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We knew this shop was here when we visited Grasmere for a few hours and even though we'd just had lunch we headed right for it afterwards. We came in the Easter holidays and there was a small queue, but this is because the shop is the original one and so small.

Yes, it's gimmicky, yes it's small but it's wonderful.

As you queue outside next to the churchyard wall where William Wordsworth was laid to rest, you can smell the gingerbread wafting out of the windows, and boy is it enticing! The queue goes fast and once inside the walls of this tiny shop you can read about the history of Sarah Nelson, the creator of this lovely ginger bread recipe, before rounding the corner into a small room where you are greeted by a couple of staff members dressed in Victorian attire ready to serve you. These ladies were extremely busy and ran like a little production line. Others have said that you didn't get a chance to look at things in the shop but in truth there isn't that much to see other than the gingerbread, rum butter, some preserves and other sweets like fudge and Kendal mint cake, and as the room fits the person being served and the next person in line I didn't see the problem. I had a little chat with the serving lady, bought a pack of 6 pieces and a single piece to share with my dog and wife outside and paid and left.

The shop is contactless only but so is most of Grasmere. There are no banks in the village anymore and as someone that lives in a tourist driven town in North Wales where all the banks have recently left, I get it.

The ginger bread is delicious, it's more crumbly than a regular biscuit might be but super tasty. All three of us loved it (dog included). Highly recommended for a quick stop off to purchase some goodies and a lovely little experience!
Written April 23, 2022
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PaulBr00ks
Freckenham, UK500 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
This was my first ever visit!
Be prepared to stand in a well organised Covid secure que, card payment only, and the have a traffic light in / out system which works well.

This historic cafe is close to many other close by shops, art galleries, hotels, etc. A walk round the lake would take about 2 hours depending how many legs 🦵 you have, my 🐕 could probably do it in an hour!

PS the actual Gingerbread is ok and tastes fine and considering the same recipe has been used for the last 250 years I suspect
the Gingerbread is a health food for the lack of “E” numbers 🤗.

Only two things smell like fish and
gingerbread is not one of them 😂
Written October 19, 2020
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Helpful Reviewer
Leeds, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The shop is going to be amazing - it always is. But this time, the small shop had the challenge of becoming COVID safe. This shop has managed it. It is operating on a red/green light system, allowing one group of up to 3 people in at a time.

The gingerbread is amazing as always and, as I cannot resist it, I brought two x12 packs, one x6 pack, and a pack of ginger truffles. Will be returning on my next visit to the lakes!
Written August 7, 2020
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Russinradcliffe
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Visited the famous Gingerbread Shop in Grasmere and stood outside in the rain for 20 mins to get in, due to Covid, only to be greeted by the most miserable man who you would have thought should have been overjoyed that the business is thriving in these uncertain times.

This guy gave the impression he was fed up with the constant queues and then refused to put three blocks of Ginger Bread in three paper bags, even though they we all going to be gifts.

Won’t ever go again even though the products are delicious.

They should count themselves so lucky they have a great business even during Covid. Get a grip The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.
Written November 3, 2020
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Geoff C
Lytham St Anne's, UK7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Having queued for twenty minutes and watched a one in one out traffic light system I entered and from behind a screen two persons in unison told me to put a face mask on. I hadn't got one with me, and put a handkerchief over my mouth. I was told this wasn't good enough, and was told they wouldn't be serving me. I said that it was no longer a legal requirement in England, and the man said it was a legal requirement in his shop! I left disgusted. P.S. I have had two jabs.
Written July 28, 2021
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Mrs_S_06
Darlington, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We visit here every year and always grab some of their delicious Gingerbread. It can be busy but even with covid, the queue moved quick and they had measures in place for entry, exit, hand sanitising etc. Glad we've stocked up the Gingerbread is so tasty!
Written August 20, 2020
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Jacqui F
London, UK281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Oh, the gingerbread in this shop! It’s absolutely delicious. The shop is tiny, so expect long queues. They are operating a one-way system due to COVID and we had to wait a bit to get in. But it’s worth it to come away with some carefully packaged gingerbread, baked (according to the shop lore), to an original recipe concocted by Victorian masterchef Sarah Nelson. This entrepreneurial baker kept her recipe a closely guarded secret, which it remains to this day. The shop also sells ginger-themed preserves, which make for pleasant gifts.
Written August 17, 2021
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973SimonR973
Barrow-in-Furness, UK716 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Tasty very very tasty!
Lovely freshly made gingerbread and related souvenir items. Small shop with traffic light entry system in the current climate, face masks must be worn which is fair enough, still wearing ours most of the time anyway. Unfortunately the queue was 50-60 yards into the churchyard, so this time we came home and ordered some online!
Written August 10, 2021
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Craig D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Not allowed to enter the shop as I did not have a face covering , despite telling the baker who accosted me that I was medically exempt doesn’t deserve the business it gets - extremely disappointed - stood in a queue in the rain for 45 mins to be refused entry. I’m sure that any business breaching the Equality Act needs to have poor reviews like this written about them. Won’t be returning
Written August 6, 2021
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