Allium at Askham Hall

“Modern British food in an authentically historic setting” - AA Inspector

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ASKHAM, CUMBRIA

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Our Inspector's view

Askham dates from the 14th century and describes itself as ‘an intimate, unpretentious home from home’ – and you might very well wish your home was as lovely as this delightful place. Owned by the same family since the 1830s, it has a real feeling of authenticity and heritage. The restaurant, Allium, is in the only modern addition and overlooks the gardens, with wonderful natural light, unclothed tables with linen napkins and lots of bespoke tableware from a local potter. The modern British menu changes daily, as appropriate due to the seasons and what’s available from the kitchen garden and the farms on the estate. An autumn meal might begin with fresh white crab on a bright green lovage gel, given a sweet kick with blackcurrant and freshness from garden herbs. Accurately timed breast of salt-aged duck is accompanied by clean, crisp turnip fondant and puree, a bitter note from lingonberries a perfect counterpoint, while pine smoked sea trout has a subtly smoky flavour with texturally spot-on beetroot and fennel and a larch emulsion adding further complexity.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
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AA Notable Wine List
Allium at Askham Hall
Askham Hall, Askham, PENRITH, CUMBRIA, CA10 2PF
Phone : 01931 712350

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 30
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Days Closed: Sunday and Monday
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 7
  • Wines by the glass: 8
  • Cuisine style: Michelin star, 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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