This restaurant, with rooms, converted from a former smithy, is now a smart, airy place to enjoy the best (and unusual) food for miles around. L'Enclume being the French word for anvil, and indeed, there's one on display.
Menu offerings stretch from three courses through 14 to a 20 course Gourmand temptation. The food is innovative, but at the same time, almost 100% local - to the point where herbs (some unusual) come from the local moors.
Expect the likes of 'Warm-glazed Pigs Cheeks, with shallots and sweetcorn'; or 'Flaky Crab, curried Avocado with Parmesan Yoghurt Sorbet' as starters; perhaps 'Long Lamb braise, with Sweetbreads and spelt wheat risotto' or 'Fillet of Sea Bass, baked in parchment, with a flan of courgette, squid and chickweed' to follow. Herbs, such as Painted Lady, and spices - such as Agastache (a form of sweet anise) crop up here and there.
A dessert of Fig fondant, cassia bark, fennel and spices, is a good example.
Relaxing, but professional, service adds to the enjoyment.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Weds-Sun; set L £49 (3 courses) to £130
- Dinner: all week 18.30-21.00; set D £130
- Seats: 50
- Wine: An enormous, but carefully-chosen, wine list is mainly centered on France. Eight house wines kick off at around the £30 mark; and there are about 8 which can be ordered by the glass.
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes (but not Lavatory)
- Directions: leave the M6 at junction 36. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: All Mon & Tues
- Outside eating
- Rooms available