See also Aulis at L'Enclume: Billing itself as a "unique and interactive dining experience going ‘behind the scenes’ of L’Enclume’s kitchen", Aulis has just six seats, is open only on Friday evening and Saturdays, and has one menu, at £150. A veritable 'bucket list' chef's table experience.
Harden's survey result
“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!”
“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”.
“A mind-blowing experience!” – Simon Rogan’s converted smithy in a gorgeous Lakeland village remains the north’s pre-eminent foodie Mecca. A degree of “art and theatre” add to its appeal, but despite the potential to seem “show-off-y”, the dominant theme running through most reports is the “exceptional” combination of “hard-to-beat innovation” – producing “light, clean dishes, packing huge flavours” – juxtaposed with a style that’s “natural, and not at all pretentious for a restaurant of such high calibre”. Enthusiasm too for a “delightfully simple and clean-lined setting that puts you instantly at ease, along with staff who were knowledgeable but approachable”.
“Worth driving the length of the country for lunch!” – Simon Rogan’s “beautiful old building in a stunningly romantic Lake District village” is “superb all round, and it’s not hard to understand why it’s such a powerful attraction” (the survey’s third most commented-on restaurant outside of London). “Every course is a conversation starter”, and the cooking delivers “pure theatre”; “the most indulgent, understanding, fun, exciting, tasty gastronomic journey ever – 17 courses so perfectly balanced, and so packed with flavour that it left me fully satisfied yet begging for more!” The year has not been without its challenges – ex-head chef Mark Birchall’s departure is noted by the odd regular (who feels the menu is more “stagnant” as a result), but Sam Ward’s promotion from his post as maître d’ has done little to dent the “impeccable”, “almost choreographed” service, and for most guests this is “an astonishing, clever, occasionally challenging, and brilliant” experience.
L’Enclume Restaurant Diner Reviews
"A couple of probably personal taste issues, with temperature and seasoning, several "creamy foamy" dishes but excellent presentation and service. Not the "wow" it was on previous visit 6 years ago."
"Incredible experience. "
"One of the top restaurants in the UK, if not the world... the food, service and ambiance are incredible... dining here is a real treat for the senses and something if you are a foodie, you will always remember... if you’re in the area (or even if you aren’t) and if you can get a table a visit to L’Enclume should be high on your list! "
"Time for this concept to change? 2nd visit and, like the first, not impressed. Pricing is beyond unreasonable: staffing is a case of 'too many cooks' and the real joy was at brunch in the associated 'cafe'."
"Great experience ( except the waiter who thought it funny to photo- bomb our only picture). Loved the flight of wines with the cheese course (hic)"
"It was good, it was very expensive, but, when hoping to enjoy "the best" food around, I would appreciate some of the better dining conditions accoutriments. A little white starched tablecloth and knapkin would be well appreciated. If I want to eat off cheap unclothed tables of this type I can do it in the motorway cafe. Why do you think "the French" at Manchesters Midland Hotel failed? And this comment is after spending several hundreds of pounds trying out L'enclume in January."
|Wine per bottle||£28.00|
Cavendish St, Cartmel, LA11 6PZ
|Tuesday||12 pm-1:30 pm, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-1:30 pm, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-1:30 pm, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-1:30 pm, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-1:30 pm, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-1:30 pm, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm|