Product Type: Grasmere Gingerbread Snacks
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It's gingerbread but not as you know it!
Member Name: Kat1987
Advantages: Tastes amazing, offers a delightful shopping experience,
Disadvantages: The online delivery charge.
Having stumbled across Grasmere by accident we were pleasantly surprised to find this little gem of a place hidden away. Having just been to see Wordsworth's grave we were following the path round when I was hit by the unmistakeable scent of warm gingerbread, this of course required further investigation...
The entrance to the shop is at a funny angle, almost round the back and tucked into the corner. At first I didn't realise the scent was coming from a shop as it looks very much like a family home but it is in fact a tiny shop, so tiny that it's almost one in one out. I would advise against attempting to get a pram or wheelchair inside, which is a shame as being left outside means you miss the experience of purchasing the gingerbread.
Usually buying something in a shop is a mundane affair but not at Sarah Nelson's. They have really put the effort into recreating the original experience. You are served by one of two people, both are dressed in period costume consisting of frilly white aprons and bonnets with impeccable manners, just how service used to be. Gingerbread is offered pre wrapped in simply printed greaseproof paper and is available in packs of 6 (£2.50) or 12 (£4.50) and is popped inside a paper bag and given with a smile. The shop does sell other items but we didn't get chance for a proper look around as the shop was very busy. The rum butter did catch my eye though, maybe next time I'll try some. Some would argue that £4.50 is a lot for 12 pieces of gingerbread but for a traditional product, made with such care I think it is more than appropriate. The ginger bread also makes a fabulous and affordable souvenir.
Prior to opening my lovely little packet of yumminess I genuinely believed I knew what gingerbread was. This stuff is nothing like I imagined, forget the hard, dry, crunchy stuff that gingerbread men are made of this stuff is a complete different experience. The product consists of a crunchy base and a really crumbly top in between which is sandwiched a layer of gooey gingery loveliness. There are chunks of sticky ginger throughout and the crumbly topping is divine. I've never had gingerbread that was this soft and I loved it. The ginger taste is far from overbearing despite the pieces of ginger, it's a warming soft spicy taste with hints of treacle and brown sugar and it's perfect with a cuppa when your freezing in your tent!
*This product is also available to purchase online but with a hefty delivery charge of £5.95 (for upto 8 items). I cannot comment on the online service as I have never made a purchase online.
Summary: An experience in terms of both taste and making a purchase.