The Cottage in the Wood

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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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Ryan Blackburn

young chefs_ryan blackburn 2013 Heading up the kitchen in one of Cumbria’s most beautifully situated restaurant-with-rooms, Ryan Blackburn really is sitting pretty. Cumbrian born and bred, he is passionate about his native county’s produce and supports local farmers and producers whenever he can. Blackburn has cooked at Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart in Edinburgh, but his talent for producing modern food with startling flavours is really starting to shine through at this former 17th-century coaching inn.

Essential Details for The Cottage in the Wood

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Cumbria
  • Price: £36.00
  • Wine: £19.50
  • Champagne: £32.50
  • Lunch: £18.95/22.95 (2/3 courses)

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