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. L’Enclume British, Modern restaurant in Cartmel Cavendish Street - LA11
“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!”
9. HRiSHi, Gilpin Lodge British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Crook Rd - LA23
“The best local ingredients are married with spices and great originality” at Hrishikesh Desai’s swish dining room – the posher of the two eating options at this plush hotel, set “in a gorgeous Lake District setting” (see also Gilpin Spice). It offers a variety of modern British menus which provide “a hint of Indian influence in some of the dishes, but the resulting food is in no way overpowering: rather it is delicate and full of wonderful flavours”. “From the moment of arrival up to the moment of departure you are cosseted in a traditional but not suffocating way – a real pleasure”.
10. The Samling British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Ambleside Road - LA23
“Magnificent views over Lake Windermere” are part of the appeal of this celebrated county hotel, which gained a fancy new glass-walled restaurant, wine cellar and chef’s table a few years back. It attracted the odd middling rating last year, but most feedback has remained very upbeat as chef Robby Jenks (from Newbury’s Vineyard at Stockcross) succeeded Peter Howarth in spring 2019, and we’ve maintained its ratings as an “amazing” all-rounder.
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