The Black Bull , Sedbergh.

`The Black Bull` –  What is it ? –  A 17th Century Coaching Inn with 18 Bedrooms, Bar, and Dining room / Restaurant. Where is it ? –  The Black Bull is right in the centre of Sedbergh (Sed-Ber) in Cumbria. Staying here will situate you perfectly  for venturing into the Lake District and the…

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…

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 Pentonbridge Inn – Cumbria.

Pentonbridge sits on the very edge of the Scottish Borders about 20 minutes North of Carlisle. The inn, surrounded by 360 degrees of flat moorland is well off the beaten track and basically there`s a couple of houses and not a lot else. The closest town (Longtown) is several miles away and so The Pentonbridge…

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…

Rogan & Co , Cartmel Village.

I head back down to the delightful village of Cartmel for lunch at Chef Simon Rogan’s restaurant, Rogan & Co , little sister of the wonderful L`Enlcume (5 minutes’ walk away). Newly appointed Chef Tom Barnes joined the L`Enclume team in 2011 and went on to win the Roux Scholarship 2 years later in 2014….

Temple Sowerby house

Cumbria , once again turning out these little delights for the destination food traveller. Thanks to social media and our very own Taste Cumbria foodie magazine i`ve managed to add yet another wonderful restaurant to my list “Temple Sowerby House” . One hour drive from home and 10 minutes off the M6 motorway and i`m…

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…

Sharrow Bay , minus the Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Back once again to eat at a great Cumbrian culinary institution. Sharrow Bay country house hotel on the banks of Ullswater sits in the heart of our wonderful Lake district.Time stops still at Sharrow , it always has and with only an extremely narrow lane accessing the hotel , the silence and peace are totally golden…

Gilpin Hotel – One word `Perfection`

  Cumbria is firmly rooted in history as an important part of the World Spice trade. Gingerbread, Whitehaven Rum and spicy Cumberland Sausage all have intriguing connections stretching back to the 1600s. Gilpin Hotel  (built as a family home in 1901) offers its diners unusual menus from two very different restaurants using the very best…

Linthwaite Hotel , Big plans and big smiles.

Linthwaite country house hotel perches itself upon high ground looking out over England’s longest `Mere`, Windermere (remember, it`s a `Mere`, not a lake). My visit to Linthwaite coincided with the onset of a late Lake District Autumn, the leaves were just starting to fall and the colours under a low setting sun were straight out…

Michelin Star for the Samling.

Michelin announced their awards for the 2017 guide yesterday and the  results  were superb  for  the  Cumbrian dining scene with 3 new Michelin Stars for The Samling , Forest side and Gilpin hotel. Chef Nick Edgar has only been cooking at the Samling for a few months now  after a 15 year stint at Raymond Blancs Le Manoir. Nick has…

Forest Side , The Lake Districts multi million pound hotel opens.

My first experience at Forest side was a year ago. I popped in on my way past to see chef Kev Tickle. I was expecting a sample of freshly baked Bread with his latest Cheese discovery. Instead i walked into a mudbath full of contractors and civil work. Exactly a year later and after almost…

The Samling set their bar at top level.

When something happens in Cumbria it really doesn`t take long to get around the houses. Recently though it`s taken just that wee bit longer than usual due to half the roads and bridges being out of service as a result of the flooding . News reached me on the West coast of Cumbria pretty quickly that The…

Tarantella…… and Tarantula bites ???

                         It seems only right that i should be mentioning nice eating places that are on my own doorstep  so let me introduce our local Italian restaurant,  Tarantella to all the Cumbrians out there who haven`t yet experienced it. Formerly known as Cheers wine bar it now goes under Tarantella on the high street of Cockermouth…