Rogan's group executive chef Mark Birchall left the company on 31 July 2015 to start his own restaurant. December 2015 Marcus Noack was appointed group executive chef of Rogan's Umbel Restaurant Group.
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“At the top of UK gastronomy” (No. 3 in our Top-100 Restaurants this year); Simon Rogan’s converted smithy in a “hard-to-find” Lakeland riverside village provides an “exciting and unique” venue, “full of Cumbrian stone, Scandinavian furnishing and eye-catching art”. The “exquisite” menu is “ever-changing to reflect the seasons”; presentation is “worthy of a Turner prize”; and “no-one uses way-out ingredients to such eye-opening effect” (although nowadays “a foraging ethos now prevails, with no foams to be seen, thank goodness)!”. “Genuine” staff led by “star of a maître d’”, Sam Ward, “prove the English can do high-end service as well as the French or the Italians” (although the run-down of each dish can risk appearing as something of “a well-practiced spiel”). Stop Press – In July 2015, long-standing chef, Mark Birchall, quit to open his own restaurant.
“In the shadow of the ancient Cartmel Priory”, Simon Rogan’s “stunning” former smithy provides the setting for “an unforgettable and superlative experience”, but not a formal one; “the staff notice everything”, and the “adventurous but ungimmicky” cuisine is “constantly improving”.
Simon Rogan’s sheer “artistry” – “mixing innovation, tradition and local produce” in an “astonishing range” of dishes, delivered by “passionate” staff – produces one of the UK’s most “divine” culinary experiences, at this “beautiful and remote” former Lakeland smithy.
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"One of the most memorable meals we have had. The food was delicious,so many different flavours. The staff and service was some of the best we have ever come across, combining politeness with a relaxed, informal and fun approach. Nothing was too much trouble. It was so nice to see the Chef Patron, Simon Rogan, the in the kitchen,plating up the dishes and to be able to say thank you for giving us such a memorable experience. Worth every penny."
Cavendish St, Cartmel, LA11 6PZ
lunch noon - 1.30 pm, dinner 7 pm - 9.15 pm
Last orders: 9 pm