L’enclume – Restaurant retreat
Hooray! After being crowned the winner of our Triggerfish quarterly knowledge quiz, I decided to put the prize money towards a very special treat – one that myself and my (slightly) better half had been saving up for, for a while.
L’enclume is a two Michelin-starred restaurant run by executive chef, Simon Rogan in Cartmel, Lake District. Hailed the ‘UK’s best restaurant in 2014’ Good Food guide, it was obviously worth a trip to Cumbria.
Rogan’s ‘resort’ is based in the quaint little village, well-known for their sticky toffee puddings, and now more recently, for Simon’s collection of a farm, two restaurants and two boutique hotels as well as a separate development kitchen, Aulis.
We were lucky enough to have a tour around the farm to see where Simon’s brigade source their ingredients from before we sat down for a 21 course tasting menu, with 9 courses of matching wines.
The food was delicious. Each dish was creatively presented in unusual ways to give additional interest from oyster pebbles, on a bed of pebbles, to shrimp sacks in quirky crockery on a zig-zag stand.
The meal was perfectly executed and service ran like clockwork, almost like a performance. The waiters were oozing with passion and described everything as though they had been involved in every element of the menu from growing the ingredients, to the development and delivery of each dish.
All the courses were unique so trying to choose a favourite was an impossible task. I did, however particularly like the cod ‘yolk’ with chickweed, salt and vinegar and, the valley venison with charcoal oil mustard and fennel which had little crystalized balls which popped in your mouth and exploded with gin and tonic.
The indulgent weekend didn’t even end there; we had a two course breakfast in the morning and then headed up to Lake Windermere for a hike up Loughrigg Fell and a picnic in the sunshine!