Michelin Star Restaurants in The Lake District for 2020

Michelin Star Restaurants in The Lake District for 2020

Cumbria has always been a favourite destination for Foodies but perhaps this year will be its best yet with three new Michelin Star Restaurants in The Lake District added in 2020 to an already impressive list…

There are now seven restaurants with Michelin Stars in The Lake District, including the two star L’Enclume in Cartmel and three new entries for 2020 – The Cottage in the Wood in Braithwaite, The Old Stamp House in Ambleside and Allium at Askham Hall.

The Forest Side, Grasmere, Cumbria

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The Forest Side restaurant in The Lake District

The Forest Side is a Michelin starred restaurant within a country house hotel of the same name set beneath steeply sloping woodland on the road between Grasmere and Keswick in the Lake District. Head Chef Paul Leonard has designed dishes that stem from his love of the countryside, combining unusual flavours and the fabulous ingredients of Cumbria into his six course La’l ‘Un, or the ten course Grand ‘Un tasting menus.

The Forest Side has a one-acre vegetable and herb garden in the grounds planted with over 100 varieties of vegetable and 25 types of herb and aims to supply 60-70% of the produce used in the restaurant alongside ingredients found on their regular foraging trips.

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L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria


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L’Enclume holds two Michelin stars, five AA Rosettes and was named the number one restaurant in the UK by The Good Food Guide 2020. Whilst there’s no accommodation at L’Enclume it does have 16 bedrooms located around the village of Cartmel, each designed in their own unique style.

As you’d expect from a two Michelin star restaurant, L’Enclume uses the best seasonal and local ingredients, such as organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers grown on the restaurants own farm along with the finest produce from the surrounding Cumbrian countryside. There’s also six-seater chef’s table Aulis at L’Enclume, where guests can expect a unique, interactive and ‘behind the scenes’ dining experience.

Rogan & Co, Cartmel, Cumbria


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If two Michelin stars weren’t enough for a small Cumbrian village, greedy Cartmel has another! Also owned by Simon Rogan, Rogan & Co is a more casual dining experience compared to L’Enclume although the same principles of precision and creativity, using exceptional Cumbrian, as well as home-grown, ingredients still apply.

There are regularly changing menus including an a la carte, an everyday lunch menu and a separate Sunday lunch menu, which feature comfort food made with carefully sourced ingredients from trusted growers in the region and there’s also the opportunity of staying in one of the same 16 bedrooms around the village of Cartmel that are available to diners at L’Enclume.

Michelin Star Restaurants in The Lake District for 2020

The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Ambleside, Cumbria

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The Old Stamp House in Ambleside, The Lake District

Situated in Ambleside in the Lake District National Park, The Old Stamp House Restaurant was once the work place of William Wordsworth, but is now a newly crowned Michelin Starred restaurant. Opened in 2014, it didn’t take long for The Old Stamp House Restaurant to start winning awards culminating in a Michelin Star in 2020.

There are many local speciality dishes on the menu using ingredients like the herdwick sheep that roam the local fells, seafood from the small fishing fleets at Barrow and Whitehaven and wild herbs, mushrooms and game from the surrounding woodlands, forests and hills.

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Allium at Askham Hall, Askham, Cumbria


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Head chef Richard Swale grew up in Cumbria and after various spells in London and France and even at NOMA in Copenhagen, he has returned to run Allium, the Michelin starred restaurant at Askham Hall. The philosophy is provenance and working with the seasons with the gardens at Askham Hall along with surrounding farms and woodland producing much of what appears on the menu.

Allium has a six course tasting menu available for £75 per person and there’s 19 individually styled rooms at Askham Hall to choose from. All the rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and bluetooth radios with rooms in the Pele Tower featuring mini bar larders and Nespresso coffee machines. All overnight guests also have access to the outdoor heated pool during the summer months and a Swedish sauna.

The Cottage in the Wood, Braithwaite, Cumbria


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As the name suggests, The Cottage in the Wood is a beautifully restored 17th century cottage in the Whinlatter forest, and now a Michelin Star Restaurant with Rooms near the village of Braithwaite in the Lake District.

Head chef Ben Wilkinson has a passion for local produce and sources much of the restaurants ingredients from the surrounding Cumbrian countryside, creating sophisticated flavour pairings such as Wild Turbot with sea spinach and a saffron mussel cream and Eden Valley Pork with Langoustine, Parsley and Lardo Sauce.

HRiShi at The Gilpin Hotel, Windermere, Cumbria


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Hrishikesh Desai, head chef at the Michelin starred and four AA Rosette, restaurant HRiSHi, combines great Cumbrian produce with classic cooking methods to achieve what’s described as modern British cuisine with a twist.

HRiSHi is sited within the Gilpin Hotel which also has the two AA Rosette Gilpin Spice restaurant which serves tapas-style pan-Asian dishes, so it might be worth making a weekend of it! The Gilpin Hotel has 25 bedrooms, all with Lakeland views, six of which come equipped with their own cedarwood hot tubs, and five new detached Spa Lodges, each with their own en-suite spa!

We hope this guide to Michelin Star Restaurants in The Lake District for 2020 has had your mouth watering and maybe even lead to a Gourmet trip of your own. There’s lots more where that came from with an ever expanding list of Foodie places to stay in England in the Gastronomer directory. So for the latest Foodie articles, offers and places to stay, please keep checking back, follow us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter and sign up to our email newsletter.