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The Cottage In The Wood Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The Cottage in the wood - 3 Oct 2020 https://www.thecottageinthewood.co.uk/ pics at https://photos.app.goo.gl/7qVsB7iiPD6U5Hm9A On a thoroughly miserable day for weather I travelled over the Pennines to Braithwaite, near Keswick, Cumbria. COVID precautions well in evidence with ring bell for entry (no public - only booked guests), hand sanitiser gels and masked staff. Shown to my table that on a clear day would have had nice views of Skiddaw, but had to settle for the assorted finches and tits at the bird feeder, and a local red squirrel scampering back and forth in the rain. Two menus available, Taste Cumbria (6 courses £55) ot the shorter lunch menu (£40), although an extra course was available (£10 - which I had - details later) To drink I chose a Collie Wobble ale (£5.75) and a caraffe of tap water. Bread A slice of sourdough with a good crust and a small treacle flavoured loaf, both good and good butter. Starter Game Terrine, with salt baked celeriac, pickled grapes and baby mushrooms, crispy walnut pieces, mustard seeds and liver parfait. The terrine wrapped in a thin ham, nicely contrasted pieces of I think pheasant, possibly partridge, some liver and minced game. All very tasty and well complimented with the accompanying garnish items. The liver parfait almost had a cheesey hint to it. Extra course Seared scallop, with artichoke puree, pickled sea purslane, grated fresh truffle and a jus. Again very tasty, the scallops perhaps just slightly over cooked, but a minor point. Main Course Eden Valley Pork. Roasted saddleback loin, braised pork shoulder shredded and wrapped in potato, cauliflower florets and puree, shelled broad beans, hen of the woods mushroom and pork jus. Really tasty. The loin I would have preferred a little more blushing, but good although not the tenderest loin I have had. Cauliflower florets al dente, puree very smooth, beans good, hen of the woods nice flavour and all brought together with a delicious pork jus. Cheese course (£10 extra) Six cheeses from R - L on the photo. A nice goats cheese, a young brie/camembert type perhaps a little too young and chalky, a slightly whiffy soft cheese, next one a little reminiscent of manchego or payoyo, 5th a cheddar style and finally a blue. All very good. The quince jelly went well, one of the better i have had as some can be a little over set. Good homemade selection of crackers. Dessert Poached pear, spiced rice pudding, honeycomb. Garnished with crispy caramelise citrus peel, good, and a little chiffonade of basil. A small ball of icecream with a little white chocolate. A very pleasant dessert, one small let down was the honeycomb was a little chewy. Overall and excellent meal, good service and nice ambiance. I would definitely go again."
Whinlatter Forest, Keswick, CA12 5TW
dinner 6 pm - 11 pm
Last orders: 9 pm