This hidden gem advertises itself as a 'restaurant with rooms' but we found it to be so much more than that. We were looking for a special place to spend a birthday. Looking at the menus on the website and reading the reviews we thought the Taster Menu with the 'Wine Flight' looked amazing - so we decided to book in for the night as well.
It nestles in the heart of Whinlatter Forrest just a few minutes drive from Keswick. On arrival we were very warmly greeted and offered help to carry in our bag. We were shown to a smallish but beautifully designed and decorated room and were told that complimentary tea and cake was waiting for us downstairs.
The tea was fresh leaf tea, the coffee locally roasted and the coffee and walnut cake delicious. The lounge was relaxing with books and games to enjoy.
Dinner was served inn the conservatory overlooking the valley with bird tables and red squirrel feeders evident through every window.
We started with an aperitif and Amuse Bouche, and then followed with an amazing meal of Strawberry gazpacho with black pudding and croutons, Duck terrine wrapped in Cumberland ham, King scallops on a bed of satay with lime and coriander, Lamb perfectly cooked and presented in different ways; a delicious local cheese board, Tiramisu and lastly a dessert of coconut, mango and passion fruit - all served with some really interesting wines.
Breakfast the next morning was also wonderful with huge glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice and old fashioned thickly (very thick!) cut slices and white and brown toast along with delicious granola and perfect kippers served with a poached egg - could not be bettered!
The food, the wines, the attention to detail, the understated elegance and the outstanding service from every member of staff made this a truly memorable experience and I can say that this was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. I am not always so over-board with my praise but this was really outstanding!
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