My first visit to Miller Howe was way back about 30 years ago when “Celebrity chefs” were just emerging into the public eye. Housewives favourite John Tovey was the chef and owner of Miller Howe at the time and my dining experience there really wasn`t a good one. My only recollection of the food on that occasion was Toveys main course of Local Farmyard Chicken breast stuffed with Cacharel Blue Cheese and served with Coconut, Coriander leaves and a side plate of steamed vegetables.….Need I go any further ? Built in 1916 , Miller Howe sits perched on the banks overlooking Windermere. Catch it on a good day and you`re on to a winner. The gardens stretch over 5 acres and are stunning. The views from the hotel are amongst the best in the lake district so all in all the hotel is a great all rounder for a good treat , a weekend escape and some really nicely priced well cooked food.
Tovey sold up years ago and moved to Africa I believe.The hotel has just ticked away quietly ever since. I went there a few weeks ago to eat Sunday lunch cooked by the current chef Kieran Smith. Kieran cooks in typically modern British style with his own little stamp of individuality on each dish….definitely potential there and I`ll return again soon to eat more of his very enjoyable food.
So here`s Kierans Sunday lunch , great value at £27.50 for 4 courses, A little appetiser to start with
Blowtorched Mackerel fillet with Avocado , horseradish, Star of Persia and samphire.
Slow cooked Duck Egg with Asparagus and Truffle..
Roast 28 day Sirlion of Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Seasonal Vegetables, Red Wine jus.
Brill with Brown Shrimps , Asparagus and Samphire.
Chocolate and Cherries…Chefs take on a BFG……Awesome.
Strawberries , White Chocolate.
Coffee and sweets served in Miller howe lounge.
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Funny about your recollection of years ago. We had lots of holidays to LD and recall when our son was young having fish served with banana. Son still recalls it. Not good. Love your blog. Decor at Miller Howe wants an update.
I heard from dear friends in South Africa last week that John Tovey has sadly died. I’m sad to say that despite being such a well known and well regarded chef and restrauteur in the U.K. in the 1970s and 1980s that there is no mention of this at all to be found in the U.K. press. MAY he restin peace.
Shame, he was a bit of a legend