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 Kingdom58 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Jmama1804
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom99 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 August 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • sstapleton06
    11 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Vanessa
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom4,093 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Bee
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom24 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Cat C
    Glasgow, United Kingdom28 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 October 2023
  • AB
    59 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 November 2023
  • redscarfox
    Redcar, United Kingdom925 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 November 2023
  • Antony J
    Blackpool, United Kingdom56 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2024
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CK_Kate
California91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We randomly heard about this place when asking locals about the Lakes District. We weren't sure it would live up to the hype, but since the line wasn't too long we bought a package of six cookies. I'm not even sure we made it two blocks before the cookies were gone and we were back in line for more. A gingerbread cookie like we've never had before! Chewy, crunchy, very gingery and oh so delicious. Glad we don't live closer!! Lol!
Written 18 May 2024
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Clare
Beccles, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Genuinely the best gingerbread we've ever tasted! When we visited this gingerbread shop, my expectations were actually quite low, knowing it was such a tourist spot, i thought it would probably be overpriced and not that good, but i was so wrong! When you arrive, the little shop looks so cute, and although there was a queue, it moved quickly. Inside the shop is like stepping back in time. The cost of the gingerbread is surprisingly affordable and not overpriced at all. We also purchased some broken bits that we were able to try the moment we left the shop! This gingerbread is not your standard gingerbread man type gingerbread, its so much better! Its full of flavour and texture, i can see why they keep their recipe a secret! It is absolutely worth a visit. I've even looked at their online shop since getting home, to get some more!
Written 15 May 2024
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ladyita
Windsor, UK142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A must visit place for the gingerbread and the fudge. You do have to queue and it is always busy but it is well worth it. Staff are dressed in period costume which is lovely.
Written 14 May 2024
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Stewart C
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I see the shop is now cashless, shameless and clueless, let's hope they lose customers for failing to run cash along side of other payments to cater for all age groups. We shouldn't be pressured to use cards.
Written 13 May 2024
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meza
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Wth happened to the ginger bread here !?????
I had it in 2022 was absolutely effing the best sweet thing I have ever tried and, 2 years forwards back again today to try the same delicacy and its effing horrible,
Absolutely worse in taste …

Can see loads of negative comments people talking about the same thing !!

That’s a mystery…defintely needs investigating !!
Written 7 May 2024
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Alex O
Bury, UK224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Quirky little place in lovely quaint village.

This gingerbread is the best you will ever taste. We bought 6 pieces for a fiver.

Wish we would’ve bought lots more !!
Written 4 May 2024
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7Blatters
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Fantastic traditional little shop selling the most delicious gingerbread and other confectionery. It is like stepping into the past. This is a good thing as a warm welcome and customer service was normal when this shop opened!
Written 30 April 2024
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HolidayTravellerForever
London, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is the third time we have visited Sarah Nelson’s Gingerbread Shop , The Smell of the Gingerbread hits you from metres away , lovely taste to the gingerbread and they have stayed to the original recipe from the 1800’s , friendly staff , plus rich with history and very informative
Written 8 April 2024
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Michelle
Welwyn Garden City, UK38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Not nice at all. Grainy, overpriced.
First time we went there and wouldn’t go again. Was not nice taste at all.
No tasters so couldn’t try before you buy
Written 16 March 2024
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Antony J
Blackpool, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 5 March 2024
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