Lake District Michelin Restaurants 2019

Lake District is Top Luxury Dining Destination 

As well as walking and outdoor adventure guides, food and drink guides have now become a staple when visiting the Lake District, as the area is now firmly on the map as a top foodie destination in the UK.

And the revered 2019 Michelin Guide announcements have confirmed this status further, with Cumbria now home to 4 Michelin starred restaurants: two in Cartmel, one in Grasmere and one in Windermere.

Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, said: “The latest announcements by the team at the Michelin guide once again demonstrates just how much choice our visitors and residents have when it comes to luxury dining. With such a concentration of food excellence right across the county, it’s little wonder that the Lake District, Cumbria is just as well-respected for its food and drink offering as it is for adventure, culture and relaxation.”

Rogan & Co and L’Enclume, Cartmel

The medieval village of Cartmel, just on the edge of the south Lake District, is now home to Cumbria’s longest-standing Michelin-starred restaurant (two-star L’Enclume) as well as the newest addition (one-star Rogan & Co) to this select Cumbria culinary club.

Rogan & Co and L’Enclume are both owned by chef Simon Rogan, who’s third culinary concern,    Roganic in London also received Michelin-star status in the 2019 Guide. And all are largely supplied by Rogan’s Cartmel farm – Our Farm.

Both occupy central riverside locations in the village of Cartmel. Rogan & Co is set-up as the more relaxed establishment to the culinary wizardry of the L’Enclume set-up, which has held Michelin status consistently since 2005 and includes a development kitchen and chef’s table, Aulis seating only 6 dinners.

Whilst the dining experience is more a more casual affair at Rogan & Co, as are the prices and availability, the signature precision and creativity of the Simon Rogan brand is central and well worthy of its one-star Michelin status.

HRiSHi restaurant at  The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere 

Tucked away in the lush green Lyth Valley on a quiet B-road between Kendal and Bowness-on -Windermere, enter the HRiSHi restaurant at The Gilpin Hotel, a world of colour, fun and culinary passion.

The HRiSHi restaurant is inspired by the Lake District’s spice trade history, offering dinners a subtle Asian twist on British cuisine. You will find local Cumbrian ingredients as the hero’s on head chef Hrishikesh Desai’s menus, including Cartmel Valley venison, Cumbrian pancetta and Morcambe stone bass, alongside other top produce. Desai combines local produce subtly with his Indian heritage and delivers with precision evident from his classic French training. The final result is a very unique dining experience that is full of energy and excitement.

Entering Michelin Guide 2017, HRiSHi offers dinners ‘POSH SCRAN’ in a stunningly contemporary Afternoon Tea, a new take on Sunday Lunch, lots of ‘twists’ in a Tasting Menu as well as a very exciting Dinner Menu.

The Forest Side, Grasmere

Another Lake District Michelin restaurant taking advantage of its location is The Forest Side, which, like Simon Rogan’s brand, also has its own Grasmere Kitchen Garden. Here a foraging approach to cooking allows Head Chef Kevin Tickle to deliver maximum taste as well as nutrient content to his dinners. Located in the the poetic heart of the Lake District, The Forest Side sits just outside of Wordsworth’s former home, the village of Grasmere. Menus are unashamedly 100% ‘inspired by the local landscape’ and knowledge of the local dialect may help when browsing the quirkily named menus; The L’al ‘Un and the Grand ‘Un. Whilst it is the unique rough and rugged charm of the Lake District landscape that so inspired the likes of William Wordsworth, the food at The Forest Side is as delicate and precise as you’d expect from a one-star Michelin restaurant.

Famous Lake District Produce

Cumbria Tourism’s Managing Director Gill Haigh continued, “As well as our quality restaurants, Cumbria is also famous for stunning original produce like Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding, Herdwick Lamb, Grasmere Gingerbread and of course, Kendal Mint Cake.


Have an appetite for a foodie break in the Lakes? Browse our Lakelovers Gold collection of truly delectable cottage holidays in one of the UK’s top culinary destinations, the Lake District. We look forward to hosting your foodie break in the Lakes.

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