Cedar Tree Restaurant by Hrishikesh Desai

“Vibrant and surprising dishes in elegant setting.” - AA Inspector



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Cedar Tree Restaurant by Hrishikesh Desai occupies a central space within Farlam Hall, which Joseph Walter and Kathy Mares bought in 2019 after more than 20 years of visits. They’ve worked tirelessly on the refurbishment of this delightful building, originating mostly from the 19th century but with a history dating back to 1428. It’s a deeply comfortable place, elegantly decorated in greys and silvers, and set in landscaped Victorian gardens complete with an ornamental lake and stream. The restaurant is a light and welcoming area, with high ceilings and impressively opulent touches. Chef Hrishikesh Desai arrived in February 2023 and has put his stamp on the place, producing imaginative and elegant modern dishes with a slight French accent in the style and techniques – this is precise, efficient cooking that also utilises the abundant produce grown in the kitchen garden. The food here is thoughtful, interesting and often surprising. A typical meal might begin with snacks such as garbanzo chaat (garbanzo beans with sweet and spicy salsa), confit tomato, tomato foam and poached rhubarb or venison croustade, venison tartar, smoked potato foam and crispy enoki mushrooms. Starters might bring roasted and pickled beetroot, savoury toasted coconut bavarois and beetroot ‘rasam’, which could lead on to cured, steamed and duck fat-poached loin of cod and white crab meat wrapped in pumpkin with enoki mushroom ragout and smoked butter emulsion. Meat eaters need look no further than Cumbrian Longhorn beef Wellington with an innovative twist inspired by Hrishikesh’s Indian heritage and classical training - the tandoori spice marinated and charcoal-roasted fillet of beef is teamed with classic mushroom duxelles and tandoori jus. A fresh and palate-cleansing pre-dessert of poached pear sorbet, Earl Grey granita and bergamot could precede a light and well-risen hazelnut soufflé with banana ice cream and fudge sauce.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Cedar Tree Restaurant by Hrishikesh Desai
Hallbankgate, Brampton, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA8 2NG


  • Seats: 26
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

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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