Find this good hideaway restaurant and comfortable hotel, about 3 miles from the town. It's beautifully set at the foot of Cat Bells in the Newlands Valley - close to Derwentwater.
Their menu follows the seasons, with nearly all the food being locally-sourced, including some soft fruit from their own garden.
Chef, Clive Imber offers a four course menu with no choice until the dessert stage; local cheeses being offered as an extra.
Expect the like of 'Seared Scallops with Black Pudding, Hawthorn Shoot, Garden Herb & Apple Salad'; 'Asian-style Fishcakes with Sweet Chili & Yoghurt Dressing' or 'Pan-fried Red Mullet with Provencale Vegetables' as a starter; to be followed by a soup - maybe 'Vine Tomato & Coriander'.
Main courses have included 'Rosemary-roasted Fillet of Lamb, Parcel of Braised Shoulder, Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto-Rosti, Kumquat Relish & Red Wine Jus' and 'Roast Breast of Pheasant with Chestnut Stuffing & Root Vegetables'.
While for dessert 'Warm Chocolate Mousse (or Dark Chocolate Brownie) with either Kirsch Cherries or Praline Ice Cream' or 'Rum Pannacotta with Pineapple & Passion Fruit Compote' set the style.
After your meal, you can relax with coffee in the sitting room, or if you have the foresight to book ahead - stay in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
Unless you are lucky, booking necessary for both dinner and a bedroom.
- Lunch: Closed
- Dinner: all week, 19.30-21.00; £38 (4 courses)
- Wine: a concise, mainly French, list kicks off at around the £20 mark
- Children's portions: No children under 12 years of age
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Penrith
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L all week, 25th Dec.
- Rooms available