Look local: Kendal’s sweet services

Mint cake, lakes and first-class opticians can all be found in Kendal. Zoe Wickens reports

The Cumbrian town of Kendal is arguably best known as the gateway to the Lakes and for its famous mint cake, invented in the 1800s. Since then, the town has grown, particularly in terms of its optical services.

Independent optical practice Anne Irving Optometrist has been based in Kendal since 1984. A native of Cumbria herself, Irving has been the working optometrist ever since opening, and has one testing room that serves NHS and private customers alike of all ages. She offers OCT and field tests, as well as a free contact lens trial, lens fittings and after care service.

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