Allium at Askham Hall

“Kitchen garden produce showcased on the menu.” - AA Inspector



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A family-owned estate less than eight miles from Ullswater, Askham Hall hotel occupies a 12th-century country house surrounded by 40 acres of gardens along the River Lowther. The light and airy Allium restaurant is the only modern addition to the building, and it overlooks the magnificent gardens. Tables are not clothed, which adds an informality, but crisp linen napkins are used and locally made bespoke pottery provides a contemporary touch. The kitchen garden features heavily on seasonal, six-course tasting menus and other produce arrives from tenant farms on the estate. Start with roasted Isle of Man scallops, butternut squash and smoked cod roe before moving on to Shorthorn beef tartare with truffled egg yolk and pickles. Next might be roasted John Dory, langoustine bun, fennel and lemongrass followed by Creedy Carver duck, celeriac and elderberry. A refreshing hibiscus set cream with Askham rhubarb, blood orange and Campari granita makes an innovative dessert. There’s also a separate tasting menu for vegetarians. A notable wine list, including bottles from the family’s cellar, features a number of vintage French stunners.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

AA Wine Award (England)
AA Notable Wine List
Allium at Askham Hall
Askham Hall, Askham, PENRITH, CUMBRIA, CA10 2PF


  • Seats: 30
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Closed: See website for details
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 7
  • Wines by the glass: 8
  • Cuisine style: Contemporary British

About the area

Discover Cumbria

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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