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 6 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.
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1. L’Enclume British, Modern restaurant in Cartmel Cavendish St - LA11
“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”.
2. Rogan & Co British, Traditional restaurant in Cartmel Devonshire Square - LA11
“Michelin star standards at bistro prices” inspires some hugely enthusiastic reviews for Simon Rogan’s brasserie spin-off near the main HQ, with fans noting “excellent, balanced and indulgent small dishes with some remarkably bright flavours”. It provoked descriptions of almost as many ‘bad trips’ though, with naysayers dissing a variety of shortcomings including “overbearing service (never mind ‘too many cooks’, this was definitely a case of ‘too many waiters/waitresses)” and “poor execution”.
3. Pig & Whistle British, Modern restaurant in Cartmel Aynesome Rd - LA11
2016 Review: 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.
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