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Food, locality, nature and architecture gel harmoniously in this strikingly transformed, hewn-out stone smithy – now a uniquely affecting, world-class restaurant-with-rooms touting two Michelin stars. “Nothing could be further from nostalgic Lakeland sentimentality”, observed one reader. Chef/proprietor Simon Rogan’s passion for hard-wired ‘terroir’ is never in doubt – witness his increasingly productive organic farm, foraging trips and unswerving commitment to seasonal Lakeland produce. Multi-course tasting menus are devised on the day, so sit back and marvel at the beautifully controlled artistry and pure, undiluted flavours. We’ve sampled many extraordinary creations here, from wild venison tartare seasoned with smoked salt and embellished with beads of candied fennel or ice-cool marinated mackerel with thyme flowers, pennyroyal leaves and droplets of radish essence to a high-definition combo of crimson raspberries on crumbled lemon verbena cake with blazing green cicely granita. This is astonishingly subtle cooking, matched by informed service and a thoughtfully collated wine list. In short, it’s a sense-tingling tour de force – or, quite simply, “perfection”.
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.The...
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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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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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