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Michelin Star Restaurants in Cumbria

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20th February 2024

If you think of the Lake District, images of rolling hills, serene lakes and picturesque villages often come to mind. However, in recent years this breathtaking region has become more than just a haven for nature enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. It has become a culinary destination, drawing food lovers from far and wide, thanks to an impressive array of Michelin-starred restaurants

In fact, there are thirteen Michelin Star restaurants in Cumbria boasting a total of fifteen coveted stars. The county already held the highest number of Michelin Star restaurants outside London, but with stars awarded to Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside and Cedar Tree by Hrishikesh Desai at Farlam Hall in Brampton, it has extended that record-breaking total.

Which means, if you’re looking for Michelin star restaurants in the Lake District, you’re actually spoilt for choice. Here’s a roundup of a few of these top eateries which are relatively close to Birkdale House. We’ll start with the closest, SOURCE in Bowness-on-Windermere.

SOURCE, Bowness-on-Windermere

Just a short drive from Birkdale House is Source, located at Gilpin Hotel.

Overseen by Executive Chef, Ollie Bridgewater, SOURCE combines exquisite produce, distinct flavours, seasonality, sustainability and precision, together with exception service, to create a fun, fine dining experience.

What the Michelin Guide says: “The cooking is based around local produce, some from their on-site vertical farm, and harmonious tastes and textures run throughout. Dishes have a clean, sophisticated look and deliver great depth of flavour and a little originality, without ever being showy or over-worked.”

The Samling, Ambleside

The Samling is situated between Windermere and Ambleside and offers a memorable dining experience – amazing food coupled with stunning views of Lake Windermere.

Executive Head Chef, Robby Jenks, is developing and refining menus with clear, bold flavours and wherever possible, these ingredients come from The Samling’s greenhouse, gardens and woodland, or are locally sourced.

L’Enclume, Cartmel

Helmed by renowned chef, Simon Rogan, L’Enclume is the only 3-star establishment outside London and the South East.

The cooking in this lovely old smithy has never stopped evolving and the dishes here are a true celebration of local produce. Ingredients are sourced from the restaurant’s 12-acre farm, from the wild or from fantastic local producers, ensuring only the freshest, seasonal ingredients grace your plate.

Rogan & Co, Cartmel

Staying in Cartmel, L’Enclume’s laid-back cousin sits in the centre of the village and occupies a pretty cottage beside a stream.

Simon Rogan’s influence is clear to see on the appealing menu, which lists skilfully prepared, understated dishes that make great use of creative ingredient and flavour combinations. His clean, uncomplicated approach keeps the focus firmly on each main ingredient.

The Old Stamp House, Ambleside

The Old Stamp House occupies the cellars of an old house where William Wordsworth used to work as the Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland.

The owners have a passion for all things regional, which is summed up in the name of their tasting menu: ‘A Journey Around Cumbria’. The skilfully prepared dishes have been well-thought-through and carefully balance bold and delicate flavours.

New Entry – Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside

Once described as “one of the best and boldest restaurants in the UK”, Lake Road Kitchen is an intimate, dinner-only restaurant featuring 5, 8 and 12-course tasting menus which change often.

What the Michelin Guide says: “Nordic décor meets the Lake District… wooden planks line the walls and sheepskins cover the chairs. The Lakes provides much of the top-drawer produce, although the chefs do look further afield, with a few Japanese influences being incorporated. Dishes often look simple, but are in fact complex, creative and contain impressive depth of flavour.”

If you’re prepared to travel a little further, the county boasts a further seven Michelin Star restaurants, listed below by distance from Birkdale House.

Forest Side, Grasmere
Heft, High Newton
Allium at Askham Hall, Askham, Penrith
Cottage in the Wood, Braithwaite, Keswick
Dog and Gun, Skelton, Penrith
Cedar Tree by Hrishikesh Desai at Farlam Hall in Brampton
Pentonbridge Inn, Penton near Carlisle

Ready to embark on your own gastronomic adventure?

This is just a taste of what the Lake District has to offer. Beyond these Michelin-starred establishments, Cumbria’s culinary scene is thriving with a diverse array of eateries, from quaint country pubs to trendy bistros. So, if you’re planning a getaway to the Lake District, why not treat yourself to more than just breathtaking views and invigorating hikes? Embark on your own gastronomic adventure and discover the flavours of the Lake District for yourself.

If you’d like more information about dining in the Lake District, please get in touch.