British, Traditional Restaurants in Cumbria
1. George & Dragon British, Traditional restaurant in Clifton
This “cosy and relaxed gastropub” near Penrith serves “reliably good” food “using produce from their own farm and garden”. With its “simple rooms and reasonable breakfast”, it makes “a great overnight stopping-point just off the M6” – and dogs are welcome, too.
2. The Highwayman British, Traditional restaurant in Nether Burrow Burrow - LA6
This “very lively pub” in the gorgeous Lune Valley offers notably “good food and welcoming atmosphere”. Its recent acquisition by the growing Brunning & Price empire seems to have “sparked it up” to general satisfaction.
3. L’Enclume British, Modern restaurant in Cartmel Cavendish St - 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!”
4. Mrs Miller's British, Traditional restaurant in Culgaith Hazel Dene Garden Centre - CA10
“Continuing to turn out some really quality cooking at remarkably low prices” – this surprise find is to be discovered behind a garden centre in the Eden Valley. “Inflation has reached the tiny village of Culgaith and the two-course set lunch (say parsnip soup and a mighty good looking fish ’n’ chips) is now a whole £9! That doesn’t even get you a starter most places. Service superficially seems a bit tea-shoppy, but is efficient and well trained. The décor isn’t going to win any restaurant design awards, but the loos provide some excellent reading matter, as they are papered with menus from a number of illustrious restaurants”.
5. Rogan & Co British, Traditional restaurant in Cartmel Devonshire Square - LA11
“Friendly” bistro-style fixture that’s the little sister of nearby L’Enclume, and with a similarly picturesque Lakeland setting. Despite its possession of a Michelin star, and reports of some “fantastic” meals here, it’s not aiming for culinary pyrotechnics in the same way as its stablemate, and its relatively conventional offering “suits any occasion”, most particularly a “romantic” dinner.
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