Rothay Manor , Ambleside.

  What is it ? – A Country house hotel and Restaurant in Ambleside , Cumbria (Right in the centre of the Lake district) 10 minutes walk from the shops and bars. Who`s Cooking ? – Chef Dan Mc George formerly of The Michelin starred Bath Priory. What should I expect ? The hotel is…

The House at Temple Sowerby.

What is it ? – A beautiful little country house and walled Garden (with lots of history) tucked away in a “Blink and you`ll miss it” Cumbrian village. Where is it ? – 5 Miles East of Penrith. Leave the M6 Motorway at junction 40. Who`s Cooking ? – Chef Jack Bradley (Ex Hipping Hall)…

The Ryebeck , Windermere.

What is it ? – A traditional English country house hotel / Restaurant. Where is it ? – Just outside Bowness on Windermere , a very busy tourist town right in the heart of the Lake district. Who`s Cooking ? – Nick Edgar spent 15 years working for Raymond Blanc at 2 Michelin starred Le…

L`Enclume , Cartmel.

What is it ? – Cumbria`s jewel in the crown , 10\10 in the good food guide , 2 Michelin stars and Cumbria life magazine`s Restaurant of the year 2019. Where is it ? – The tiny Cumbrian village of Cartmel in the South lake district….Blink and you`ll miss it. Head Chef – Simon Rogan,…

Restaurant MCR – Aiden Byrne.

What is it – Restaurant MCR (previously Manchester House) – a busy , modern city centre restaurant . Where is it ? – Spinningfields , Manchester city centre. Head Chef – Aiden Byrne (Ex head Chef of the Dorchester , Tom Aikens , Roscoff , Church Green , Hillbark , Adlards) What should I expect…

Mizu – Pan Asian food in the Lakes.

What is it ?-  A stunning £10 million Asian Restaurant and Spa extension to the existing Lodore falls hotel. Where is it ? – Borrowdale valley , near Keswick , right in the heart of the English Lake district. Head Chef – Kasun Jayasooriya from Sri Lanka spent 10 years working in Tokyo. He hopes…

The Ritz , London – High end delights.

We`re in London , it`s Sunday lunchtime and as always there`s only the one choice for us…. The Ritz. As always , it`s the 12.30 arrival ,the usual window table and the first diners to be seated in the dining room. Our first course arrived at 1pm and our Petits fours arrived at 5.30 pm….

Bibendum , London – As good as they say it is ?

  There are those that say that Bibendum is so good that it will be be the next 3 star restaurant whilst most other diners agree that it`s quite an accurately placed 2 star. I booked in to eat the food of Chef Claude Bosi and to see for myself how the food rated on…

Restaurant 1863 , Ullswater.

1863 Bistro and Bar sits in the Cumbrian village of Pooley Bridge on the fringes of Ullswater (it`s not a Lake) . The property was originally the village Blacksmiths shop , later becoming the Pooley Bridge post office. Only recently (2016) it was transformed into what it is today – 1863 Bistro and Bar with…

Summer at the Samling , Windermere.

    We went to the Samling to celebrate our Wedding anniversary with a quick 4 course set Sunday lunch menu. Don’t ask me how we ended up on Tasting menus with Wine pairing , a  4 hour lunch and a tour of the Wine cellar. All in all it was a fantastic afternoon amongst…

Askham Hall , Lowther Estates.

It`s taken me far too long to get myself over to Askham hall and after staying there for a night I really can`t wait to return again. For those wanting a hidden escape in a romantic little Cumbrian village then this is definitely the place to head to. The 13th century hotel (formerly the family home…

The Old Stamp House – Ambleside

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…

Castle Dairy , Kendal – Tucked away cooking wonderful food.

I wouldn`t mind betting that virtually none of you have ever heard of Castle Dairy in Kendal , Cumbria`s South Lakes. I keep on repeating myself on here and so i`ll say it once again – “Yet another hidden Lake district gem appears on my radar” . Really good restaurants are popping up all over…

The Good Food Guide celebration dinner.

The Good food guide celebration dinner with Simon Rogan and Jason Atherton at Lenclume , Cartmel. Opportunities like this don`t tend to crop up every week  up here in Sunny Cumbria, so as soon as this special Good food guide celebration dinner came up on my radar i grabbed the chance to sample what two of the…