Continuing our series of posts sharing some of Kendal’s best-kept secrets, we chatted to our next door neighbour from Elephant Yard, Debbie. Read on for her recommendations on places to shop and eat in Kendal!
“As the Shopping Centre Manager, I obviously rate Elephant Yard and the shops there highly within my favourite places in Kendal. However, on the rare occasions when I have spare time with no particular task or mission there a few #SecretKendal places I’ve discovered, where I LOVE to escape and lose track of time. Having grown up in the north of Cumbria, I was less familiar than most with Kendal’s wonderful maze of little yards and ginnels. When I began working in the town, I didn’t even know there was a major supermarket on the outskirts, so in the last year I’ve explored a lot and have discovered some absolute gems in and around Kendal.”
“One of my favourite ‘go to’ places is Dockray Hall Mill where I can happily wile away hours at the Butterfield & French Antiques Emporium and Edmondsons Furniture (pictured above). There is a plethora of affordable, retro, antique, old and simply shabby wonders to peruse and purchase. I’ve taken home such treasures as old school benches, vintage typewriters and to my delight a pressed glass plate which is the other half to one I purchased years ago on the South Coast.”
“I also enjoy a meander on the cobbles through the New Shambles, across Finkle Street and down to Berry’s Yard for an unnecessary but nonetheless essential purchase of fabulous freshly baked sourdough bread from the Staff of Life (pictured above). I often pop into Kitten and Goat crafts and the amazing Iridium to browse for things I don’t need but ‘must-have’ and if I’m going to Berrys Yard then I just have to check if Baba Ganoush has their incredible Arnold Bennett on the specials board, quite simply the greatest omelette I’ve ever eaten!”
“I couldn’t write about my favoured places in Kendal without mentioning Abbot Hall, Low Sizergh Barn and the Brewery Arts Centre but it seems my mind is clearly focussed on ‘talking shop’ and as such there is one final special gem to mention and that’s the undeniably fabulous Armstrong Ward store in Wainwrights Yard. Neom candles, Maileg and Moulin Roty toys, John Sankey furniture and Emma Bridgewater pottery. Two floors full of home and lifestyle aspirations and an awesome flat white available in the in-store café…when can I move in?!”