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February 2022: The restaurant gains three Michelin Stars – the first outside the South East of England to do so in the 49 years of the UK Michelin guide.

Harden's says

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survey result

Summary

£219
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“What a stunning culinary experience in a lovely part of the world” – Simon Rogan’s inspired Lakeland “epic” is “absolutely the best culinary adventure ever” for very many reporters. It occupies a converted smithy in a beautiful and remote Lakeland village, and is often tipped as a place for a romantic milestone (“you must really love the person you've taken, given the time and effort it takes to get there!”). On practically all accounts, though, the results are “worth the long trip” – a 16-course menu providing “some of the best seasonal joy you can eat in England, served up in a divinely inventive manner, full of fresh edible flowers, and non-edible rocks and pebbles” (and with a significant proportion of the produce coming from Rogan’s own farm in the surrounding countryside). Cuisine of this type can seem “complex” and rather “technical” but such thoughts are seldom voiced and most accounts are of a “stunning journey for the senses”.

Summary

£189
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Phenomenal… superb… food, wine, service: everything was magical. Please go!”. Simon Rogan’s “Fat Duck of the North” inspired stunningly consistent reports last year, practically all of them unadulterated hymns of praise, and collectively confirming its position as one of the country’s very top gastronomic destinations. A converted smithy in an out-of-the-way village, it has such a “cute” and “beautiful” location and a “very romantic” interior to match. Superlatives abound in descriptions of its “engaging and surprising” tasting menus: “sixteen courses providing incredible mouthfuls of pure culinary bliss with every element utterly excellent”. “Highly recommended if you’re in the Lakes… or not!”

Summary

£189
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Phenomenal… superb… food, wine, service: everything was magical. Please go!”. Simon Rogan’s “Fat Duck of the North” inspired stunningly consistent reports this year, practically all of them unadulterated hymns of praise, and collectively confirming its position as one of the country’s very top gastronomic destinations. A converted smithy in an out-of-the-way village, it has such a “cute” and “beautiful” location and a “very romantic” interior to match. Superlatives abound in descriptions of its “engaging and surprising” tasting menus: “sixteen courses providing incredible mouthfuls of pure culinary bliss with every element utterly excellent”. “Highly recommended if you’re in the Lakes… or not!”

Summary

£198
£££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Worth the journey from Brighton to Cartmel – in fact I’d go twice as far!” Simon Rogan’s “gloriously located” converted smithy “has made a sleepy Lakeland village into a foodies’ delight” and reports of “magical and extraordinary” meals (e.g. “one of the best meals I’ve ever had”) are the norm here. Even one or two who “were expecting it to be quite pretentious” are “blown away by the whole experience”“service is good-humoured, knowledgeable, and spot-on”, while the tasting menus feature a “memorable and absolutely divine” series of small plates, featuring “fascinating combinations”, which “subtly exploit the best local ingredients”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
No dress code
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L’Enclume Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of L’Enclume Restaurant in LA11, Cartmel by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of L’Enclume restaurant.
Mike E
As always, the food is inventive - and ofte...
Reviewed 4 days ago

"As always, the food is inventive - and often exciting. The wine pairings are expensive but remarkably well-matched to each course, so worthit. The service is polished, professional and friendly - nothing seems like too much trouble"

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Nick C
Astonishingly good. The first time I’ve e...
Reviewed 4 months, 28 days ago

"Astonishingly good. The first time I’ve enjoyed a non alcoholic drinks flight with a tasting menu. "

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 175.00 Always available 15
Menu2 79.00 Lunch only 9
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £39.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Cavendish Street, Cartmel, LA11 6QA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:15 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:15 pm
Thursday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:15 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:15 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:15 pm
Sunday12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑8:15 pm

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