Our new shop in Hawkshead opened in June 2023. With woodwork painted in the same familiar ‘green’ as used at our main shop in Grasmere, it is easily spotted in the historic Grade II Listed ‘Corner Shop’ building on Main Street, a short walk from the main car and coach park. Built in the early 19th century as part of a row of three-storey townhouses, it was later converted into a shop. With its slate floors and quaint period windows, the shop exudes the atmosphere of bygone days.
We are open Tuesday - Sunday (closed on Mondays) 10am to 4.30pm. Winter hours may vary so please check first.
Note: Closures are always posted on our social media channels or alternatively please telephone to check.
Our Hawkshead shop sells freshly basked Grasmere Gingerbread® but unlike our main shop in Grasmere it also offers customers a full menu of freshly roasted local artisan takeaway coffee including cappuccino, Americano, espresso and latte and iced coffee in the summer. All our coffee is supplied directly to us by Duffin’s Coffee of Staveley, near Kendal, which only imports eco-friendly and ethically sourced beans from South America.
We also stock and sell an array of high-quality artisan foodstuffs and crafts made by small and family businesses in Cumbria (see our Working Together page). These include rum butter, fudges, chocolates, toffees, sauces, conserves, cards, drink kits, body products, books and ornaments. Due to space restrictions we are unable to sell these in our shop in Grasmere but at Hawkshead there is room to browse and buy at your leisure.
In summer we sell delicious Grasmere Gingerbread® ice cream made with Jersey milk from the Abbott Lodge farm near Penrith and in winter we offer hot mulled and ginger wine.
Hawkshead is a popular and charming visitor destination. Originally owned by the monks of Furness Abbey, it was a vigorous wool centre in medieval times and developed into a thriving market town following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII. Founded in 1585.
Hawkshead Grammar School was known for its vigorous teaching of Latin, Greek and geometry and William Wordsworth was a pupil in the late 18th century. Today, the building is the Hawkshead Grammar School Museum, a popular visitor attraction.
Beatrix Potter, globally famous for The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other anthropomorphic children’s stories, lived at nearby Hill Top.
With traffic banned from the town centre, Hawkshead has a timeless ambience with its interlocking alleyways, overhanging gables and ancient squares. It has many excellent pubs and teas shops, offering a variety of food and cream teas.
The ‘Corner Shop’, Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS