Allium at Askham Hall
“Seasonal cooking in grand country house hotel” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
On the fringes of the Lake District in splendid Cumbrian countryside, Askham dates from the 14th century and is intimate enough to style itself a restaurant with rooms. The Allium restaurant addition, and the kitchen takes a fiercely seasonal view of things, working in harmony with materials reared and grown in the kitchen gardens and the farms within the estate. Expect modern food that is home-grown, certainly, but far from home-spun: texture, flavour and visual appeal combine in style in a starter of crab with lovage, blackcurrant and garden herbs accessorised with a wafer-thin sourdough and squid ink lattice, followed by spiced salt-aged Goosnargh duck breast offset with celeriac, beetroot, plum and a duck fat waffle. Dessert is an intriguing confection balancing the sweet and savoury notes of buttermilk pannacota with apple sorrel and blackberries. Punching well above its weight is the remarkable wine list.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 30
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Days Closed: Sunday and Monday
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 7
- Wines by the glass: 8
- Cuisine style: Michelin star, Contemporary British
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About The area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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