Damson syrup, jam and gin liqueur made by Lakeland Artisan using Lyth Valley fruits have been shortlisted for the Great British Food Awards 2019.

The company has a shop in Windermere and a kitchen in Staveley.

Managing director Geoff Monkman said: “We’ve grown from small beginnings but the inspiration for all that we do is here in the Lakes.

"Whether it is Lyth Valley damsons or local honey, the recipes start with the amazing produce we find in the area.

"It’s a formula that has helped Lakeland Artisan to achieve national recognition in the form of numerous Great Taste Awards: the Oscars of the British food industry, year after year.

“We’re proud of what we do here and proud to have helped to put Cumbrian flavours firmly on the map.

"We’ve achieved a lot in our first thirteen years, but there’s still more we can do.”

Lakeland Artisan has produced Damson Extra Jam for several years and the directors were inspired to produce the fruit syrups after putting the damson syrup into glasses of fizz on their wedding day to welcome guests.

The Lakeland Damson Gin Liqueur uses the Damson Syrup which is blended with London Gin.

Lakeland Artisan, which began in 2006, has a dedicated shop on Crescent Road, Windermere, which opened its doors in February 2019.

The winners of the awards will be announced in October.