The Cottage in the Wood
“Great views and epic Lake District-inspired menus” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Located at the top of the Whinlatter Pass, deep in the Lake District National Park, this restaurant with rooms is in a building that dates partly from the 17th century and is surrounded by forest; from the terrace and front half of the dining room there are wonderful views down the valley. The bare wood tables with round slate place mats prove the perfect foil for very pretty dishes, inspired by Cumbria’s wonderful produce. There’s a six-course tasting menu that takes you on a culinary journey through the woods and along the coastline of this stunningly beautiful region, while the well-balanced set-price menu is equally exhilarating. From the fabulous canapés and amuse bouches to the confident, joyful dishes on the menus – a carefully-constructed crab starter is both a thing of beauty and completely delicious – there’s plenty of evidence here that the kitchen is really hitting its stride.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 40
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 12
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 8
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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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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