Thursday 18 February 2016

A Weekend in Cumbria.

Cumbria really is a wonderful region to visit as a food lover. They have the obvious advantage of having so much wonderful product on their doorstep. Apart from a few obvious suspects (like The French) you can as a whole, I think find better top end restaurants here than in cities like Manchester. As I've reviewed a few of these places previously, I'll do a post on the region, specifically Ambleside where we recently stayed for the weekend. The whole area is still very much open for business following the recent floods.
Lake Road Kitchen. Fresh from that amazing Marina O'Loughlin review in The Guardian. Always interesting and different Nordic inspired food.
Favourite Dish: Aged Beef. Also the bread is world class.
Old Stamp House. 
This is a lovely restaurant with reliably fine food. We had a very similar taster menu as last time which is excellent value at just £35 for five courses. Favourite Dish: Yew Tree Hogget.
The Samling.
Just outside Ambleside in Windermere, the food from new chef Nick Edgar is fantastic and it can only get even better as they settle in. Definitely the one to watch for the future.
Favourite Dish: Veal Sweetbread, Celeriac, Truffle.
The Drunken Duck Inn.
This is a fantastic pub with proper great food to match. 
Favourite Dish: Try the fish such as the Stone Bass.
L'Enclume. One of the best restaurants in the UK, I think there will be big changes afoot with new executive chef Marcus Noack and as they push for a third elusive star.
Favourite Dish: Venison Tartare.
Places to try next time. 
Talented ex- L'Enclume chef Kevin Tickle at The Forest Side is one of the most hotly anticipated openings of the year, I hope to visit very soon.
Holbeck Ghyll. Has a new head chef Darren Comish so definitely looks worth a visit. 
Cottage in the Wood. As recommended to us by their ex chef, Ryan Blackburn of Old Stamp House.

For more in depth Lakes reviews check out Cumbriafoodie

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