Cumbrian Food and Dialect

Click on the photo to hear a Cumbrian accent.

Cumbria is the province that is home to Kendal and the Lakes District, and it reportedly has distinctive characteristics–though they might not be the ones that follow in this post.  I mostly like the word “Cumbria” and want to get it into the blog!  

Northern England clearly has a dialect—a country twang, one might say—and regular Brits think it harder to understand than the educated English of business London and Southern England.  Since I’m still looking for my “London Card” and I still don’t have a hearing aid, I agree.  You can decide for yourself by listening to the butcher.

Final day’s lunch: Lamb Henry (not to be confused with Henry Lamb, English painter) turns out to be slow-cooked lamb over mashed potatoes in a mint, currant and vinegar gravy. It was very tender. The “lite dish” salad featured a full pound of local cheddar cheese, which answered our question of what to have for dinner.



The regionality of food dishes is less certain to novice UK travelers like us, but when Black Pudding and Lamb Henry repeatedly showed up on Cumbrian menus, Betsy and I thought we should give them a try.  They are Cumbrian to us.  Lamb Korma and Tom Kha Gai also show up frequently in Cumbria, but I know better than to try to convince you that they are Cumbrian!



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