L’Enclume Takes the Lead in Pulling Cumbria at the Summit of the Gastronomical Ranks

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L’Enclume, established in 2002 when founder Simon Rogan and his family moved to Cumbria, is now being recognized in a “mind-blowing” culinary rebirth, leading many guests to count Cumbria in the spots among international foodie places, including Paris, San Sebastián and Copenhagen. 

The comparison is not far out, seeing as Cumbria currently has more Michelin stars than any UK county, and L’Enclume is the first restaurant not inside London or Berkshire to win the most-sought-after three stars. 

An industry critic and Northern Restaurant and Bar show chief executive in Manchester, Thom Hetherington, said, “This is a cluster in a world-class landscape. It is not just nationally significant, but it’s globally significant.” 

L’Enclume centers its operations on seasonal “farm-to-fork” dining, utilizing produce only from Rogan’s 4.8-hectare (12 acres) farm nearby and other local suppliers. It is located in the 13th century, previously owned by a blacksmith in an ancient village of Cartmel. 

Visitors wait months to get a seat in Rogan’s restaurant. It would cost you £100 for a 10-course lunch menu. At the end of this week, L’Enclume is set to be fully booked until 2023. 

“We’re not the only ones who are fully booked—all restaurants are in the Lake districts,” stated Rogan, continuing that the local industry had “exploded” since restaurants resumed operations after the pandemic. 

He said that it is partially due to the area rejecting to stick to stereotypes about the northern cuisine—bread and dripping, chips and gravy—and taking a step towards being a culinary counterpart of London. 

Many new guests have come across the Lakes during the lockdown: the young and free-spirited millennial. The modern versions of diner have aided in changing a “lazy” insight of the north and its comestible. 

“There has been this ‘grim up north, nothing really happens up there’ attitude, but COVID has smashed that out of the park,” said Rogan. 

Cumbria currently has one star for every 48,000 people, parred with one for every 98,000 in London. The most recent dining place to be added to the roster is The Dog and Gun inn, a gastropub run by a family in a village of Skeleton.


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