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“Idyllic, inventive, inspirational”, Simon Rogan’s strikingly transformed, hewn-out stone smithy is, quite literally, a force of nature – a matchless two-Michelin-starred restaurant-with-rooms that is hard-wired to the local landscape. Rogan’s increasingly productive organic farm, foraging trips and unswerving commitment to Lakeland produce show in a multi-course tasting menu, devised on the day and delivered in style by “wonderfully knowledgeable staff” who are always on top of their game. It’s all about inspired artistry, subtlety and pure, undiluted flavours – from nibbles of squid ink crisp with crunchy chicken skin and tart redcurrant gel to delicate salt-baked turnip “wallowing in turnip soup” with a set Maran egg yolk, cured pork strip and nasturtium flowers or “sublime” grilled langoustine with a parsnip crisp, purée and some briny scurvy grass. Elsewhere, readers regularly applaud the Cartmel venison tartare (perhaps dressed with mustard cream and a gorgeous “boule” of charcoal-infused fennel). Finally, a galaxy of mind-blowing (but “surprisingly light”) desserts promise sensory astonishment all the way – from beetroot in apple jelly with mint-flavoured apple and marigold leaf to spectacular ewe’s-milk ice cream with granité, chunks of Yorkshire rhubarb, sweet wafers and sorrel. A thoughtfully collated wine list adds the final gloss to a life-affirming tour de force.

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  1. Published : Thursday, 16 January 2014

    Nomface :: L'Enclume

    It is fitting as we reach the century blogpost milestone that it belongs to a special restaurant. Much has been written about L’Enclume, the flagship Simon Rogan restaurant that sits in the charming village of Cartmel. As well as being the 100th post it was also the venue for Mrs Noms birthday back in December, I can’t reveal her age though as I risk not being able to finish this post otherwise! The booking was made months in advance, increasing the anticipation as the date drew nearer. L’Enclume holds two Michelin stars and scored a rare perfect ten alongside topping the charts in the Good Food Guide 2014.

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  1. Published : Thursday, 20 December 2012

    Samphire and Salsify :: L’Enclume

    L’Enclume is a two Michelin star restaurant which resides in a little medieval village called Cartmel in the Lake District. Owner Simon Rogan (who also owns Roganic in London) is known to many as the chef who cooked his dessert at the final banquet on BBC’s Great British Menu.
    The restaurant has plenty of character and blends modern dining furniture with old fashioned exposed beams – it’s a lovely space. We were seated in the restaurant’s conservatory which had views to the garden – perfect for watching the rain pour down and it poured down for our entire visit!...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 11 March 2015

    Scotland Eats Out :: Scotland Eats Out: Review: L'Enclume

    The drive from Glasgow to Cartmel takes roughly three hours, for us a journey like no other. A rather nostalgic feeling of excitement; the feeling of being a child going to Disney land for the first time or waiting to open your presents on Christmas morning, that’s how we felt on the trip to Simon Rogan’s much acclaimed L’Enclume. Awarded a perfect 10/10 with the good food guide 2014, L’Enclume took over from the Fat Duck as the best restaurant in the country. Michelin has also acknowledged the restaurants credentials awarding the first star in 2005, followed by a second in 2012...
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Simon Rogan

The control centre of Simon Rogan’s mini-empire is the Cumbrian village of Cartmel, where, in 2002, the Southampton-born chef opened his world-class restaurant L’Enclume. Rogan now has his own farm nearby, which produces obscure heritage ingredients for his highly innovative cooking. In 2013, Rogan branched out, launching The French and Mr Cooper’s House & Garden in Manchester’s Midland Hotel. A year later, he opened Fera at Claridge’s, and further projects are in the pipeline.

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