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Dramatically situated in the heart of mountainous Whinlatter Forest – an area of the Lake District that drew superlatives from author and fell-walking legend AW Wainwright – this converted
17th-century coaching inn now makes its living as a foodie destination noted for its highly creative modern cooking. Local boy Ryan Blackburn learned his trade at Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh before decamping here and forging links with the local food network. The result is emphatically
seasonal cooking, with big contrasts and lots of wild pickings suggesting that Cumbrian superstar L’Enclume is an inspiration – think line-caught
mackerel with gooseberries, horseradish and borage or braised Cumbrian beef with peas and organic spelt, onion and vetch, followed by local farmhouse cheeses or summer berry crumble with whipped
meadowsweet custard. The inn also offers stylish boutique accommodation.
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