L'Enclume

“Triumphant, dazzling dishes from one of the UK’s best chefs” - AA Inspector

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CARTMEL, CUMBRIA

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One of the UK’s best-known sites of culinary pilgrimage, L’Enclume (that’s ‘anvil’ in French – it’s housed in the former blacksmith’s) is set in the rather idyllic medieval village of Cartmel, which comes complete with narrow streets, foodie shops, and a priory (saved by the villagers during the Dissolution of the Monasteries). L’Enclume is in many ways the ultimate destination restaurant and you probably deserve to stay in one of the comfortable, classy bedrooms dotted round the village. Inside, the interior is plain – with beams, stone floors, unclothed tables, whitewashed walls, and windows overlooking a small but perfectly manicured garden. Table appointments are bespoke, with an array of stunning dishes and serving vessels designed to highlight the food. Many chefs these days are interested in keeping things local, but the level of control over the ingredients here is obsessive, with some coming direct from chef Simon Rogan’s own organic farm while others are foraged from the surrounding fields, hedgerows and woods. The wine list is superb and recommendations come with real depth of knowledge, while the daily and seasonally changing menus are complex productions that you’ll be guided through by the polished, switched-on staff. What you’ll experience here is triumphant levels of skill and invention, very refined, dazzlingly contemporary cooking, every perfect miniature dish bursting with dynamism and creativity and allowing the tremendous quality of the ingredients to speak for themselves. A mere recitation of dishes will give the faintest hint of what you might expect, with lunch offering the likes of native lobster and gooseberry tart, with Cherry Belle radish and rosehips; fritter of Duroc pig and smoked eel, with lovage and fermented sweetcorn; Jersey Royal potatoes in onion ashes with pickled walnut and, melted Westcombe cheese; scallops from Orkney glazed in XO with salt baked Snowball turnips, smoked pork fat and nasturtium, and Cornish Texel Cross lamb loin with white Lisbon onions, ramson leaves and flowers. The signature ‘Anvil’ dessert is a caramel mousse with miso, apple and spruce.

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5 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
L'Enclume
Cavendish Street, CARTMEL, LA11 6PZ
Phone : 015395 36362

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Days Closed: Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 8.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 28
  • 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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