Lake District Michelin Restaurants 2019

Lake District Michelin Restaurants

4 Michelin-Star restaurants in Cumbria

2019 saw a record-breaking twenty-one new Michelin stars awarded in the UK, with the Lake District gastropub, Rogan & Co, entering the star-studded fold this year. 

Cumbria is now home to four Michelin-starred restaurants: L’Enclume and Rogan & Co are in the upmarket village of Cartmel, just outlying the South Lakes border. The other two Michelin-starred restaurants are rooted close to famous Lake District locations, yet occupy locations just outside the main throb of the crowds, making them real destination restaurants. Forest Side is just outside Grasmere and HRiSHi lies on the outskirts of Bowness-on-Windermere.

In the summer of 2017, the Lake District gained UNESCO status as a World Heritage Site. A nod to the importance of the region’s culture, as well as landscape, on the global stage. The Lake District has long been the global mecca for walking, indeed its heritage as the birthplace of rock climbing brings many people from around the world to test themselves against famous climbs like the alluring Napes Needle. 

Following the 2019 Michelin star announcement, 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).

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. From May, the all-important National Hunt (jump) horseracing fixture kicks off at Cartmel Races and over the winter months, the racetrack hosts musical acts such as Tom Jones. Cartmel Village is also home to the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding and Unsworth Yard has become quite the foodie hub, with a superb wine and beer store and artisan cheese shop. 

Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume restaurant in the magical village of Cartmel.  Showcasing the finest seasonal, local ingredients including produce from ‘Our Farm’ in Cartmel.

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 Morecambe 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.

Head Chef of the Gilpin restaurant, HRiSHi, Hrishikesh Desai, combines great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver unbelievable textures and flavours – modern British cuisine with a twist.

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 philosophy is pivotal to the menu, which is designed around maximising flavour from local ingredients as well as nutrient content. Located in 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.

Forest Side restaurant is a magical retreat surrounded by the stunning countryside of Wordsworth’s beloved Grasmere.

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.”

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