Chef Ryan Blackburn really impressed me on the last series of Professional Masterchef and as soon as I got the opportunity i had to go and see what his Ambleside kitchen was turning out. I found Ryans food to be creative , accurately cooked and I really did enjoy it. Why have I taken so long to eat there ? Beggars belief.
Ryans cooking earned him a `Cumbrian Chef of the year` award when he was cooking at the Cottage in the Wood in Keswick . He opened the Old Stamp house a short time later and he`s been gaining strength and confidence with his cuisine ever since. I`ve now sampled both an Autumn and a Winter menu at the Old Stamp house and I now anticipate an even more exciting visit when the Summer menu begins.
Here`s the Autumn menu which actually changed a couple of weeks later. I booked straight in and returned for a Winter menu….. another fabulous meal – Here`s both the Tasting menus below.
Tasting Menus – £65Herdwick Lamb Broth served by Chef Ryan upon our arrival.
Black Pudding bonbons
Loin of Wild Red Deer , Smoked Celeriac puree , Truffle , sauce Forrestier. This one dish made our visit worthwhile , absolutely stunning and best main course of the year.
Cumbrian Gingerbread Souffle , Rhubarb , Yoghurt.
Coffee and treats.
2nd Menu – Appetisers.
Old Stamp house Bread.
Chalk stream Trout , Cucumber , Apple , Buttermilk , Elderflower Vinegar and Dill.
Cartmel valley Pheasant Tortellini , Parsnip , Kale and Truffle.
Hand dived Scallop , Celeriac and Trotter Ragout , Pickled Walnut.
Roasted Halibut , Charred Cauliflower , Paysanne of Leeks and Brown Shrimp , spiced Mead Veloute.
Salt aged Goosnargh Duck , Beetroot , Salsify , Confit leg and Lentil Stew , Black pudding sauce.
Yew Tree farm Herdwick Hogget , Artichokes , Wood Blewits , Confit of Pink Fir , Mint and Anchovy emulsion.
Yorkshire Rhubarb , Baked Meadowsweet Custard , Ginger Beer.