Allium at Askham Hall
“Worth a detour for the wine list.” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Surrounded by 40 acres of gardens along the River Lowther, Askham Hall hotel occupies a 12th-century country house less than eight miles from Ullswater. A popular wedding venue, 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 the seasonal menus and other produce arrives from tenant farms on the estate. Start with Lincolnshire smoked eel, brown shrimp, garden pickles, onion and sea kelp broth before moving on to a carefully cooked salt-aged duck with melt-in-the-mouth duck liver, sour cherries, celeriac, caramelised chicory and a hint of orange. A refreshing finale of tropical fruits, sea buckthorn, passionfruit sorbet and coconut foam is one of the well balanced desserts. A notable wine list including bottles from the family’s cellar features a number of vintage French stunners.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 30
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Closed: 25 December, 4–21 January
- Wines under £30: 7
- Wines by the glass: 8
- Cuisine style: 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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