British, Modern Restaurants in Cumbria
1. Allium at Askham Hall British, Modern restaurant in Penrith Askham - CA10
Talk about ticking the boxes! Set in beautiful Cumbrian countryside, check… “historical” mansion that looks a bit like a castle, check… wonderful grounds with kitchen garden, check – this Lakeland hotel makes a marvellous and “romantic” destination, and boasts a “fantastic restaurant in the old hall” serving Richard Swale’s highly accomplished cooking, with the option of a tasting menu format. And as of October 2019, Michelin star, check…
2. The Punch Bowl Inn British, Modern restaurant in Crosthwaite
“This is how you do great pub food” – “full of flavour”, using seasonal ingredients from the owner’s farm and with “generous helpings as befits as a gastropub”. “They don’t try to be too clever but they are still a step above everyone else nearby”, hence their “excellent” local reputation.
3. The Black Bull Inn British, Modern restaurant in Sedbergh 44 Main Street - LA10
A stylish £2.5m refurbishment complete with Japanese influences adds pizzazz to this 17th century coaching inn with rooms at the heart of this lovely town, in beautiful countryside, bordering the Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales. Reports are not as numerous as we would like, but the well-sourced cooking (with an emphasis on local beef) is uniformly well rated.
4. Rothay Manor British, Modern restaurant in Ambleside Rothay Bridge - LA22
Innovate Fine Dining cuisine in a relaxed country house setting. Recently awarded 3 AA rosettes for culinary excellence. There are plenty of menu choices from a la carte to 5 and 9 course Tasting menus. Specific Vegetarian menus, and other dietary requirement...
5. Henrock British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Linthwaite House, Crook Road - LA23
Simon Rogan is running this October 2019 newcomer at Windermere’s extensively revamped Linthwaite House which, since 2016, has benefited from over £12m of refurbishment and expansion. Under head chef, Brian Limoges, the culinary style is much more straightforward and inexpensive than L’Enclume.
6. 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms British, Modern restaurant in Pooley Bridge Elm House, High Street - CA10
Small (about 30 covers) Lakeland bar-bistro with a high level of ambition; feedback was too limited for a rating last year – the cooking seems dependable, but if there’s a complaint it’s over portion sizes.
7. Langdale Chase British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Ambleside Road - LA23
2019 Review: Few venues enjoy as stunning a location as this hotel within a Victorian mansion, overlooking Lake Windermere (which for a year now has been part of the House of Daniel Thwaites hotel and pub portfolio). Feedback was too limited for a rating this year, but such as we had was all positive, including for afternoon tea.
8. Hipping Hall British, Modern restaurant in Kirkby Lonsdale Cowan Bridge - LA6
“A splendid addition to the growing Lake District circle of fine restaurants” – the first of the Wildsmith Hotels has a “gorgeous” country setting, but “being south of the main tourist areas makes it more accessible from the major population centres”. With its “beautifully decorated and luxurious bedrooms”, it’s “perfect for a foodies’ romantic break”, and the highlight is the cooking: “clever and heartfelt food, served with care and warmth by Oli Martin and his crew” (from an eleven-course tasting menu, with a vegetarian but not a vegan alternative).
9. The Black Swan British, Modern restaurant in Kirkby Stephen Fell Road - CA17
A comfortable stone inn set far from the madding crowds in a picturesque Eden Valley village, handy for the market town of Kirkby Stephen; food is in the safe hands of Scott Fairweather, whose hearty and occasionally inventive cooking makes the most of prime local sourcing (including pheasants from the Helbeck estate down the road).
10. Cedar Manor British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Ambleside Road - LA23
2019 Review: Small boutique hotel a short walk from Windermere with an attractive, traditional dining room serving a good-value, prix fixe menu of straightforward, enjoyable dishes.
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