Find this destination restaurant with rooms, beautifully-set in a former drovers inn in Britain's only mountain forest. The conservatory dining room really makes you feel part of this beautifully countryside.
The kitchen, headed by Christopher Archer offers skilfully-cooked seasonal dishes, based around carefully-sourced local produce.
An early Spring snapshot of their dinner menu, brought 'Organic Spelt Risotto of Scottish Yellow Chanterelles & Parnesan'; 'Line-Caught Mackerel with Pickled Beetroot, Watercress & Horseradish Cream'; 'Seared West Coast Scallops with Jerusalem Artichokes, Mutton Belly & Chestnuts' and 'Riverside Artisan Smoked Salmon with Chicory & Apple Salad' amongst the starters.
'Roasted Wild Sea Bass with Cauliflower, Samphire, Curry & Sauternes'; 'Braised Beef Cheek with Celeriac Purée, Chantenay Carrots & Scurvy Grass'; 'Loin of Cod with Trotter Cromesquis, Marsh Samphire & Cockle Vinaigrette' and 'Yew Tree Farm Hogget with Pink Fir Apple Potatoes Cooked in Herdwick Fat, Roasted Leeks & Glazed Salsify' listed among the mains.
Desserts maintain the high standard with maybe 'Yobago Chocolate Bar with Pistachios & Passion Fruit Sorbet'; 'Parsnip & Walnut Cake with Honey-Roasted Figs & Curthwaite Curd Ice Cream' on offer.
Lunch offers similar fare.
If you plan ahead, the restaurant's comfortable rooms make the perfect base from which to explore the area.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Weds-Sat 12.30-14.00; set L £25 (3 courses); mains about £9 to £14
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.00-21.00; set D £50 (3 courses), Tasting Menu (Taste Cumbria) £65 (7 courses)
- Seats: 40, plus about 20 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible, but no Children under 7 years of age during the evening
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Penrith (Rail 20 miles)
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes, adequate
- Closed: all Sun & Mon, L Tues, a few weeks in January
- Outside eating
- Rooms available