It could be as a result of nearby Cartmel or just the growing popularity of Grange over Sands and the surrounding villages but the quality of food available is growing by the minute. New cafes are opening, new restaurants and it’s hard to get a bad meal in any one of the pubs or inns.
Grange becoming a destination for foodies has been confirmed recently by the intention of Booths to open a supermarket in the town. Sitting along with the fantastic independent suppliers and producers such as Higginson’s Butchers, the Grange and Hazelmere Bakeries and Choco-Lori the artisan chocolatiers.
When it comes to eating out then the choice is vast with the larger hotels such as The Netherwood and Grange Hotel open to none residents, pubs such as The Pheasant Inn down the road in Allithwaite where locally sourced food is the order of the day and in between bistro’s such as Lymehurst Bistro serving gastro pub favourites, grills and hearty salads. All this and let’s not forget just 2 miles away is Cartmel, we’ll save that for another blog post!
Travelling to Grange over Sands is a breeze being just 14 miles from junction 36 of the M6. Alternatively travel by train which takes just 26 minutes from Lancaster with Lancaster being on the West Coast Mainline. This largely coastal railway line is the ultimate way to arrive in Grange over Sands with stunning views all along it. Grange over Sands has good bus and cycle routes and services so if arriving by train, travelling during the stay can be done with ease.
For accommodation then Grange has some great hotels and bed & breakfasts in period properties typical of the architecture in the town. A hidden gem and with a vast and growing reputation for the large rooms and even more so for the high level of service and attention to detail, is Bay Villa B&B on Main Street. Rooms at Bay Villa start at £110 B&B. What to expect – A decanter of sherry, in room breakfast freshly cooked to order. Visit http://www.bayvilla.net or call 015395 36793
WARNING! – The following images will make you hungry!
The unobtrusive, hidden gem of a restaurant in the heart of Grasmere in the Lake District holders of 2 AA Rosettes for 6 years running, have commissioned some new and super tasty food photography.
The Dining Room within the Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere village have been working with local photographer David Mclaughlin. The images represent what to expect from this award winning restaurant owned and managed by Simon and Glynis Wood and the continuity of quality, returning guests and diners have come to expect over the years.
Keeping as every chef and restauranteur should with the ethos of seasonality, locality and what grows together goes together. Each dish on the 8 course tasting menu is a journey and a delight or choose the 3 course menu, you’ll not be disappointed. Diners selecting this menu are still treated with canapes, freshly baked bread and an amuse bouche.
So with glowing diner and restaurant critic praise, The Dining Room Restaurant in Grasmere at the Oak Bank Hotel is a must visit this summer and in fact any season, the images say it all.
For all the images, sample menus and to stay over in any one of the 14 individually designed and furnished bedrooms visit http://www.lakedistricthotel.co.uk
Although most of us don’t need an excuse or incentive to devour some tasty beef, this week during Great British Beef Week there seems an absolute necessity.
The Lake District is home to some of the finest beef farmers in Britain along with plenty of talented chefs to cook it. Such a versatile meat to cook and create dishes from but flame grilled cooking techniques makes a burger or steak extra special. Stove, the brand new restaurant on the Langdale Estate have a Josper grill providing the ideal way to cook meat and especially steaks.
Choose from Fillet or Ribeye with all steaks sourced locally to the Langdale Hotel & Estate. More beefy deliciousness comes in the form of the Stove Burger with all the trimming, flame grilled too as well as a Cumbrian tradition, steak & ale pie. If you’re heading to Stove for lunch then this week it has to be the Pastrami sandwich. The pastrami is home made, cured and smoked at the Langdale Smokehouse near Wainwright’s Inn.
So head to Stove to experience this new restaurant and celebrate Great British Beef Week at the same time. Each of the dishes above are on the main menus so available daily. Visit http://www.langdale.co.uk/stove.html to view the full menu and make a reservation.
Spring is the time for new life, a new colourful landscape and for foodies, one of the most exciting and delicious seasons.
This is no exception in Cumbria where the fells meet the sea bringing in local fish and seafood as well as Cumbria’s famous lamb and beef.
And so one of, in fact to many, the founders of championing and promoting local Cumbrian produce the Westmorland Family, owners of Tebay Services and the Tebay Services Hotel have launched a new, fresh and exciting spring menu in the restaurant of the hotel.
Dishes on the new spring menu include Cumberland scotch egg with homemade piccalilli and West coast crab cakes with wild garlic and sorrel mayonnaise for starters and onto mains, Ribeye steak from our family farm, lightly smoked in house with herb butter, hand cut chips and spring slaw and an must try alternative fish for one of Britain’s most iconic dishes,, hake locally sourced from Ravenglass fisheries in a Cumbrian beer batter with hand cut chips, minted pea puree, pickled fennel and cucumber salsa.
The hotel restaurant is open every evening for dinner from 6pm until 9pm, non-residents welcome. If guests are staying at the hotel but arrive later than 9pm, the equally as delicious lounge menu is served until 10pm. To book a table and view the full menu, visit the Tebay Services Hotel website here.
Spring, the time for new life and definitely delicious new food and a great time to dine.
At the Riverview Restaurant at the Riverside Hotel in Kendal the chef team have launched a new menu keeping it seasonal and making the most of the fine band of farmers and producers available right on the hotel doorstep within Cumbria and North Lancashire as well as from the hotel groups own kitchen garden located in nearby Grange over Sands.
Just a few selected dishes to excite the taste buds include starters of Windermere Scotch Duck Egg – a soft boiled duck egg in Cumberland sausage coated in panko breadcrumbs with a watercress and apple salad with cider vinaigrette or Flookburgh Potted Shrimps with homemade cloud bread. Moving to mains and our picks include Braised Shank of Fell-Bred Lamb and you can’t beat a good steak and the locally source Cumbria Sirloin or fillet come with vine tomatoes, field mushrooms and twice cooked chunky chips. For desert then it has to be Sticky Toffee Pudding Butterscotch Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream, a proper pud for all seasons!
Not hot off the press but hot out of the oven is the new menu at the Applegarth Villa Hotel Restaurant in Windermere devised by Head Chef John Kelly. The emphasis has always been in using as much of the wonderful local Lake District and Cumbrian produce as possible and the new menu continues this ethos.
The Applegarth signature Cumbria fell bred beef fillet is most definitely on the new menu as well as local Rose Veal. Cartmel oak smoked halibut is a twist on the normal smoked salmon. Along with the smoke halibut is a salmon steak dish, scallops and baked cod offering a super choice for fish lovers and what is very exciting about this new menu, the choice of vegetarian dishes. Not a single broccoli and cauliflower bake in sight, phew. John’s vegetarian dishes are packed full of flavour, full of nutrition and vibrancy.
The team at Applegarth Villa know many of their guests have food intolerances or health problems where certain food groups need to be avoided. As a result not only has Head Chef John devised dishes omitting diary and gluten for example but each dish is marked should it be vegetarian, gluten free or dairy free. 90% of the dishes on the new menu are gluten free this season.
The Villa Restaurant in Windermere occupies an enviable position being situated in a panoramic conservatory with views across to the surrounding Lake District fells. The restaurant is open to residents and non residents with two lounges to choose from to relax pre and post dinner and an extensive whiskey menu in The Villa Bar.
Located in the heart of Windermere, Applegarth Villa Hotel & Restaurant is an ideal to stay when exploring Windermere and the Lake District. Family owned and run and with high quality service and interior and the bonus of the 7 new luxury Windermere hot tub suites to now stay in.
Stove, the much anticipated new restaurant on the Langdale Estate which will serve the guests of the 4 star Langdale Hotel, Brimstone Hotel as well as the self catering guests and non-residents is set to open in April 2016.
To make way for this innovative new restaurant, the Langdale Estate have closed Purdey’s and Hobson’s Bar with the new development sitting on this site.
Far more than simply just knocking through these two previous dining locations, in true Langdale style this is a complete new build with both indoor and outside seating and state of the art yet evocative of the landscape interior and exterior.
It’s going to be all about natural materials in an aesthetic form carrying through to natural ways of cooking, a wood fired oven and using as much of the abundance of local produce the Langdale Estate has on its doorstep.
Food will be available all day, everyday from breakfast through to lunch and snacks and evening meals. Different locations of the restaurant will offer a quieter dining experience and the chefs table where diners can interact with the chefs is set to be a very exciting addition.
Brimstone Hotel guests can still choose to experience the new Stove as well as the choice of in room dining of a selection of the new Stove menu. Keep checking the Brimstone Hotel website here for further announcements or to check availability for the hotel. Remember, rooms booked 30 days or more in advance get treated to a 20% discount. http://www.brimstonehotel.co.uk/
Crowned best restaurant in the UK in the 2015 Good Food Guide for the third year running was L’Enclume in Cumbria’s very own Cartmel. What an accolade for Simon Rogan and his team at L’Enclume and what a buzz for North West regional food.
Also for yet again gaining a perfect 10 cooking score was aided by the level and quality of produce Simon Rogan sources and grows from Cumbria. Everyone knows of Cumbrian lamb as being some of the best in the UK but what about the rich diversity of this region with miles of coastline resulting in exceptional seafood and the wild herbs and fruits that can be found.
Cartmel has always been an extremely popular village, it just has everything you could ever wish for from a village. But this little village now has a thriving food culture (who hasn’t heard of Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding!) and not to mention the gaining popularity year on year Cartmel Races.
Now with L’Enclume firmly at Number 1 and the quality of food and service at such a high level, the popularity of this village will only continue to grow. Luckily for Cartmel, the village is surrounded by countryside and has a real sense of space as well as some stunning places to stay. This is especially the case of holiday cottages. Whether it’s a cosy retreat for two in the centre of the village or a large country house, there are some truly fabulous properties to hire so visitors can not just sample what L’Enclume has to offer but also the other restaurants and businesses in and around the village. For foodies, there are plenty!
But to top it all off Cartmel happens to be on the edge of the Lake District so not only can you enjoy the best food in the UK but also some of the best scenery, walking and countryside in the UK. Sounds like a number 1 destination all round.