Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Cartmel
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Cartmel restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 5 restaurants in Cartmel and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Cartmel restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Cartmel Restaurants
1. L’Enclume British, Modern restaurant in Cartmel Cavendish St - LA11
“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.
2. Rogan & Co British, Traditional restaurant in Cartmel Devonshire Square - LA11
Is Simon Rogan spending less time in Cartmel? – this previously formidable brasserie spin-off inspired much more criticism this year. Many reports do still acclaim its “lovely”, “different” cooking, but there’s a strong sense that “it used to be better, and is becoming very expensive for the type of food served”.
3. Pig & Whistle British, Modern restaurant in Cartmel Aynesome Rd - LA11
A revamped gastroboozer that was, until recently, part of Simon Rogan's empire. The chef (of nearby L'Enclume fame) surrendered the lease in February 2015 and new owners took possession in August, too late for our survey.
4. Aynsome Manor British, Modern restaurant in Cartmel
2010 Review: “Not adventurous, but reliable”, this “very comfortable” and “efficient” country house hotel is tipped for its “value-for-money” cuisine.
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