17 April 2014


Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 6PZ

£72.00 Modern European Cumbria

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  • Wine: £21.00
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 12N-1.30pm Mon-Sun 6.30-9pm

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Nothing could be further from nostalgic Lakeland sentimentality than this strikingly transformed stone smithy – now a world-class restaurant-with-rooms boasting two Michelin stars. Chef/proprietor Simon Rogan’s passion for local food and ‘nature’ is never in doubt: he now focuses exclusively on the raw materials available in this lush part of Cumbria, and has acquired an organic farm to produce most of the raw materials for his kitchen’s daily output. Forget printed menus, just relish the experience and marvel at his pitch-perfect, beautifully controlled artistry: a visually stunning creation involving two varieties of carrot, presented with slivers of ham fat and a sprinkling of nasturtium flowers, for example, typifies his talent for drawing pure, undiluted flavours from uncompromising ingredients. Otherwise, you might be treated to anything from ice-cool marinated mackerel with thyme flowers, pennyroyal leaves and droplets of radish essence to musky meadowsweet ice cream with hazelnut and apple. This is astonishingly subtle cooking, matched by informed service and a thoughtfully collated wine list.

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  1. L'Enclume

    Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 6PZ
    Overall rating:
    Jon B.

    Lunchtime treat


    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  2. L'Enclume

    Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 6PZ
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    Move over Heston, Simon Rogan is about to sprint passed…….

      Gold Reviewer  (102)

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 10

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  1. Published : Thursday, 16th 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. The drive to the village of Cartmel takes you on a journey from urban to rural, leaving the motorways to narrow countryside roads. L’Enclume is located on a side street just off the main square. We were one of the first tables to arrive at 6.30pm and were seated at a table with a view of the pass, or theatre seats as they were described. After a quick tour of the state of the art kitchen we sat down to begin the 22 course culinary adventure. The menu for the night was contained in an envelope on the table, but we decided not to look until the end, but truth be told I kind of knew what was coming from countless drooling at other blogs! ...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 20th 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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