More casual than L’Enclume, and awarded its first Michelin star in 2018, Simon Rogan’s neighbourhood restaurant in Cartmel offers high-end comfort food with a laidback vibe. Head chef Tom Barnes, previously at L’Enclume, showcases the style and techniques that Rogan has become known for whilst using local Lake District produce as well as some from further afield.
The à la carte menu features dishes made with carefully sourced ingredients from trusted growers in the region, some of which are nurtured on Rogan’s farm in the Cartmel Valley. Our lamb croquettes were crisp and golden, served with ramson. A rich, smooth velouté of pumpkin and lovage was laced with flavours of autumn including Cox’s apple and chestnut. Roasted Valley mallard, perfectly pink and gamey, came with Riesling cabbage, quince and roasted celeriac. A side of roasted new potatoes with hazelnut and fragrant rosemary was simply delicious.
Desserts are elegant yet comforting. We enjoyed a creamy baked cheesecake with lightly spiced pineapple poached at 40 degrees until delightfully sweet and tender, and a rich, indulgent dark chocolate fondant, gooey within and topped with apple marigold custard foam.
A hearty yet refined Sunday lunch menu offers the likes of roasted skate wing, confit lamb shoulder, pork belly or beef short rib, while a regularly changing weekday set-lunch menu offers superb value for money. Service is friendly, and the wine list offers a sound choice from around the globe. A local gem.