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Pomegranate & Sage in Kendal

Festive treats at Pomegranate & Sage

It’s Pomegranate & Sage’s first Christmas in Kendal and we had a quick cuppa with owner, Tony, to find out what’s on the menu.

Before opening the contemporary eatery-come-deli, Tony toured the world for 25 years and his range of salads, soups, sandwiches, cakes and hot dishes are all inspired by his travels.

We were quick to ask if a destination had influenced his first Christmas in his Kendal deli. Whilst many have inspired him, he says the South Pacific, Papua New Guinea and New York are top of the list. So too is a little, relaxed counter-style city deli on the famous 42nd street – one of his favourite places to grab a bite to eat.

Pomegranate & Sage Deli in Kendal

Tony’s ‘round the world’ menu is ever-changing, but December festive favourites include; a pork roll with either apricot and honey, or cranberry and chestnut; traditional turkey, stuffing and cranberry in a hot wrap; lots of different soups, salads, quiches and frittatas.

Sweet treats and desserts include home-cooked Christmas cakes, gingham wrapped Christmas puddings, cranberry and orange cookies, Moroccan spiced tea bread, mince meat slices, pies and tarts.

You can also take-away in larger quantities for special occasions. Tony calls this his ‘P&S Christmas’ and it’s the perfect solution for developing your festive or New Year feast. Everything that is made at the deli can be ordered and collected right up to Christmas eve – so you can add tasty salads and quiches to your Boxing Day buffet, pick a Christmas day marmalade, chutney or Jam. Or buy your gingham wrapped Christmas pudding – we’re a big fan of these as they’ve been cooking for months with a lot of love and care.

You can also take home dahls, hotpots and tagines from the new ‘take it and bake it’ range. These are home-cooked, tasty, ready to bake meals. They’re a perfect easy option over the festive period, plus a break from the turkey.

Kendal Deli Pomegranate & Sage

There’s a really relaxed vibe at Pomegranate and Sage and we love the ethos and that everything is lovingly home-cooked in their kitchen. If you call in for a bite to eat there’s plenty of room for the whole family, plus prams and pooches. We enjoyed sitting in the window with a laptop and a coffee.

Our plan is to liven up our Christmas dinner with the help of Tony and his team.

Christmas Shopping in Wainwright's Yard

Christmas shopping in Wainwright’s Yard – one day, one place.

Last year we planned a really simple way to tackle the bulk of our Christmas shopping. We were as organised as Santa’s elves, but we only worked for a single day and in one location; Wainwright’s Yard in Kendal.

It worked – so we want to share it with you. Here are our top tips…

Start with a really good list

Make some time to sit down with friends or family to write your list. Include everyone you buy a gift for, a firm idea of what you want to buy for each person (or what they like) and a price tag you’re happy to spend. What did we do? Planned it over a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie from Booths.

Christmas Shopping Wainwright's Yard

Set a date for your Christmas Shopping trip to Wainwright’s Yard

Know when you’re coming, who with, and what you need to bring. You can find location information and lots of different parking options if arriving by car here. What did we do? Parked in Booths supermarket and arrived really early to beat the crowds and enjoy the day.

You’re here. What next?

As well as looking for gifts for others, take a little time to embrace the festive spirit and plan in your pit stops. Try sharing mezze boards, platters and homemade cakes at Pomegranate & Sage deli. Work your way through the festive menu at Pizza Express with one of our favourites – ‘snowball dough balls’ or pop into Slate Bar for a mulled wine or cocktail – we recommend ‘winter old-fashioned.’

Christmas Shopping in Kendal

In need of some fresh inspiration for present ideas?

Look out for…
Armstrong Ward for traditional wooden toys, Maileg collectables, Christmas candles – Neom, Lakeland Gingerbread and SKOG (which reminds us of freshly cut Christmas trees). There’s also John Sankey furniture and Emma Bridgewater pottery. Maya Maya for women’s scarves, shawls, handbags or even to treat yourself – let the ladies help you create your own Christmas wish-list. Crew Clothing Company for a classic British made chunky knit or hat for your other half, and La Maison for on-trend home decor, furniture and jewellery.

Christmas Shopping in Wainwright's Yard Kendal

And remember…

Many of our shops are small independents, so we’re all really grateful for any local shopping support.

Have a wonderful Christmas. With love from the Wainwright’s Yard family.

Pizza Express Kendal Festive Menu

Pizza Express festive menu

Pizza Express is undoubtedly one of the most popular restaurants in Kendal. Their regular and piccolo menus provide something suitable and delicious for everyone – young and old. Every few months they make tasty new additions and that’s exactly what’s happened recently. The new festive menu has launched and Christmas is definitely one of our favourite times in their food year!

This Christmas, diners have been treated to new dishes in each section: starters, mains, desserts, drinks. What’s even better is that they’ve also added to their vegan and gluten-free selection, which makes it even easier for anyone with special dietary requirements to join your party.

Well-known for their starters, especially the more-ish doughballs, Pizza Express have expanded their opening choices even further this festive season. The already difficult decision of what to order has only been made harder! Four new options are lemon and herb chicken wings, pestorissa and mozzarella flatbread, prawn and rosquito insalata, and the Christmas classic: pigs in blankets.

Pizza Express Kendal

We firmly believe that the main course is the star player in any meal. In the run-up to Christmas, they have introduced 8 new options for this important course. We recommend the “La Festiva” pizza. As the name would suggest, it’s a festive twist on a classic pizza with amazing ingredients. Marinated, pulled turkey partners with stuffing, spinach, mixed peppers, pine kernels, fresh rosemary, mozzarella, tomato, red onion and garlic oil. It’s then sprinkled with fresh parsley and Gran Milano cheese. All of that comes on a Romana base so it is the perfect combination of a classic British Christmas dinner and an Italian pizza!

Every good meal should be washed down with an equally delicious drink. So how about sticking with the festive theme for your drink? The new praline hot chocolate is simply perfect for dark winter evenings.

The best way to finish a great meal is with dessert. Brilliant new additions include lemon tart and raspberry sorbet, carrot cake, and golden ginger cheesecake. Savoury Dough Balls get a sweet makeover at this time of year too. They are sprinkled with cinnamon and icing sugar and served with your choice of dip: fruit coulis, salted caramel, or vanilla cream with a chocolate straw. These fabulous snow doughballs also come in doppio (double the serving) and vegan options.

3 courses and a glass of fizz at Pizza Express Kendal

Arranging a last-minute office party, a get-together before the festivities begin or a big family do between Christmas & New Year? Book a table now and enjoy the set menu at Pizza Express: three courses and a glass of fizz from £20.95 per person. You can choose from their delicious festive specials or enjoy your all-time favourites, it’s up to you!

Available Tues 20 Nov 2018 to Tues 1 Jan 2019, from £20.95 to £22.95 per person – please contact the restaurant directly for price. Simply ask to dine on the Christmas set menu when you arrive.

Kendal lanes

Kendal town meanderings

My name is Ian wood and I am a professional commercial photographer in Kendal.

I was born in Kendal but grew up on the outskirts, returning to live here in my late teens. Having lived and worked around the UK, there is no place I would rather call home.

When not out on assignments, which could be anywhere in the UK / worldwide, my job is largely office based, which affords me the luxury of being fairly mobile as I often just need a laptop to do my tasks. I am also an expert in procrastination, so tend to ‘meander’ rather than rush around!

I’m a creature of habit too – when I leave home in the north of the town, I go over Queens Road and down Fellside. I love the view and its real ‘Old Town’ feel, one of my favourite photographs was the view over the chimneys, early in the morning on the day my son was born. I took it for him and I hope that the picture will be in the family for generations.

Kendal rooftops

I always take a peep over the wall walking down Fellside. There’s loads of wildlife whizzing around over there, and also lots of Damson and old fruit trees.

Kendal squirrel

Kendal Fellside fruit trees

I drop down the cobbles to end up in Wainwrights Yard. A walk through Booths. It’s always great to see the guys at Armstrong Ward. I poke my head through the door at Maya Maya (they were topless last time I went!). I am partial to a nibble in Pomegranate and Sage and down through the yard to Stricklandgate, making sure to check out the window display in Lakeland Leather, as they are also one of my fashion clients.

Kendal maya maya

I think my favourite #secretkendal hangouts are: ‘About Time Espresso Bar’ for a Penningtons flat white, lunch in Pomegranate and Sage, Yard 46, Relish, Comida, Brew Brothers, or Café Olive… Kendal will definitely see you spoilt for choice when it’s time for a brew, a pint or a nibble!

My return journey is normally along the river to Dockray. My studio is on Dockray Hall and the calmness of the area under the railway bridge is magnificent, often nearly silent, with the odd flash of a Kingfisher – wonderful!

After some work in the studio, I meander back up the shallow Horncop Lane to the North of the town past Kendal Green, or back along the river for a pint in The Union – can’t beat it!

Quite simply, open your eyes, wander – Love Kendal!

Ian Wood is a commercial and fashion photographer with a large commercial photography studio in town. He has appeared as himself in BBC1’s recent drama Age Before Beauty alongside Robson Green and Kelly Harrison. Ian also founded and is one of the admins on the local Facebook page ‘Love Kendal’ promoting positivity in the town and sharing great events, mostly with a business edge.

Kendal photographer Ian Wood

Dansk jewellery Maya Maya at Christmas

Maya Maya at Christmas

We called in on the girls at Maya Maya in Wainwright’s Yard to grab some Christmas fashion tips and to check out their autumn and winter collection. Surprisingly we found them knees-deep in Pretty Woman, Shrek and Peaky Blinders’ costumes – all for their fashion fundraiser, which raised an amazing £18,000 for local charity, CancerCare. But they still made time to tell us all about their plans for Maya Maya at Christmas.

Christmas wish-lists and trendy wardrobe refreshes at Maya Maya

This independent retailer is stacked with some really trendy pieces that will most definitely set you apart from others. Amanda tells us her stock is ‘different, but wearable’ and the price point is somewhere between designer and high street. This means that you’re getting a good quality stand-out piece that you can wear over and over again so it’s great value. We love the range of distinctive styles and the shop is a must visit if you’re looking for a pretty unique Christmas gift.

We could have spent hours trying on chunky knits, blouses, posing with a new handbag and shoes or picking a scarf to match each outfit in our wardrobe. And that was without even getting to what we’d wear to the works Christmas do. There are racks of classic and on-trend occasional wear and the shop is one of only a few locally who hire out fascinators and hats.

Maya Maya at Christmas

The mens’ range

Maya Maya Man offers a contemporary and stylish look and there’s an abundance of accessories to jazz up an outfit for every occasion – we loved the tweed Marc Darcy suit with gold paisley waistcoat, floral shirts, leopard print bow ties and Harris tweed flat caps. Really dapper!

Mark Darcy Maya Maya at Christmas

You’d be spoilt for choice at Maya Maya but if we had to pick our top Christmas offers, these are the ones we want to share –

A Christmas wish-list, a bit like the one you’d write to Santa

Set aside some time for browsing, trying on and letting the girls develop your list. We liked this idea for sharing with a partner who could be stuck for ideas.

A personal wardrobe, a bit like the girls becoming your Christmas Elf

The team offer a 2 hour personal wardrobe experience. The list of things they’re happy to help with is endless, but we liked the idea of bringing in some of the items we already wear – perhaps a core Christmas or winter outfit – and giving it an on-trend refresh with a few different pieces from the shop. The charge is £150 but the experience is free if you spend that amount on the day.

Dansk jewellery Maya Maya at Christmas

A £60 spend which comes back to you after the festive period, a bit like having a January Christmas Day

If you spend £60 on full price items before Christmas, you’ll receive this amount in vouchers to use in January and February (terms and conditions apply).

Now back to the fashion fundraiser. The 30 November saw the girls bring ‘if Maya Maya did the movies’ to Kendal Rugby Club. The show was a light-hearted cabaret they choreographed themselves. The fundraiser is in its seventh year and the team have raised a remarkable 35k for different charities. Tickets will be available for the next event in February 2019, so pop in and get your name down on their mailing list.

Maya Maya in Kendal is open from 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Kendal Mountain Festival

Every November, the famous Kendal Mountain Festival is visited by thousands of walkers, climbers, mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts. KMF adopts a new theme annually, and this year’s is ‘connection’, particularly the natural connections that surround us. With talks and presentations from a wide range of speakers – from authors to artists, poets to TV presenters – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Here at Wainwright’s Yard we are connected to our local landscape thanks to Alfred Wainwright – after whom we are named. Though born in Blackburn, Wainwright fell in love with the lakes from his first visit aged 23, writing: ‘Orrest Head cast a spell that changed my life’. In 1941 he moved to Kendal after getting a job in the Borough Treasurer’s Office and he lived here until retirement. His numerous books and guides are still used today by many locals and tourists exploring the Lake District. We’re expecting more than a few festival-goers to come and stand in his footsteps this weekend.

Kendal Mountain Festival

Having grown from just a few people with a shared interest in the great outdoors meeting up in the late 1980s, to a large festival attracting 15,000 people from across the globe, Kendal Mountain Festival continues to go from strength to strength each year. One of the major contributing factors in the festival’s success is it’s International Film Festival. Each year some of the best directors and filmmakers debut their work in the hope of winning one of the 12 awards in the ‘Oscars of outdoor filmmaking’. With over 100 films being shortlisted and screened from 240+ entries, whether you enjoy watching the extremes of paragliding or marvel at a videographer’s ability to capture nature at its finest, there will be a film to interest you!

“We want to bring out the tangible; the everyday connection that keeps us rooted and adventurous”- Mountain Festival Team 2018

If you’re visiting KMF 2019, you’ll find that our restaurant, cafés and bar will have a great atmosphere as the town’s numbers swell over the weekend. Each of our shop pages has opening hours to help you plan your visit.