Lake Road Kitchen
“Northern European seasonal food that rings the daily changes” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
James Cross’s restaurant is deeply rooted in the concept of ‘the North’, and that means an all-embracing passion for Lakeland and Scottish produce, as well as clear Nordic sensibilities, from the stark simplicity of its sauna-like, Scandi-style pine plank walls and bare tables to a fervour for pickling, foraging and fermenting. Daily-changing menus come in eight- and 12-course versions, and the self-styled ‘cold climate cooking’ brings remarkable combinations of taste and texture. A revelatory spring meal opens with slow-barbecued, smoky veal rib with a celeriac ‘taco’, yogurt, fermented cabbage, wild garlic and capers. Along the way, pine nut stew with garlic, parsley purée and oil accompany mussels cooked a la plancha, while gold-standard Skrei cod is simply poached and pointed up with parsley sauce. To finish, the richness of baked New York cheesecake is counterpointed by sea buckthorn sorbet. Home-baked sourdough is a superlative version with crunchy dark crust, served with hand-churned whey butter.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 21
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 65
- 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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