Opening its doors in 2002, two Michelin starred restaurant L’Enclume is owned by world acclaimed chef Simon Rogan whose restaurant Roganic was recently featured on our blog. Set in the stunning lake district, this magical Cumbrian hideaway is home to Simon Rogan’s iconic restaurant, farm and an ideal place to rest providing the perfect end to the perfect meal.
Holding the Good Food Guide’s number one spot from 2014-2017. L’Enclume is a culinary sanctuary far away from the bustle of London and boasts its very own farm which provides the best seasonal ingredients to its restaurants throughout the year.
Simon started ‘Our Farm’ as a DIY project in 2009 with the idea that by hand-picking ingredients you harness the connection between food and nature. The farm has been continually supplying his restaurants with his home-grown produce ever since, and the menus are changed seasonally in keeping with the produce grown as much as possible.
Simon’s 25 years experience in the industry has influenced the warm informal service of the restaurant which combined with the incredible dishes make dining at L’Enclume a truly special experience. The dining area itself is paired back with light painted walls and simple wooden furniture but remains comfortable and welcoming to guests.
Made with the greatest care and attention to detail, the team at L’Enclume work hard to create beautiful pieces of edible artwork, like this lamb belly with alliums.
Your meal is served on a unique selection of unconventional plates and bowls to reflect the dishes. For example the carrot with ham fat nasturtium above has fresh colourful ingredients which has been reflected in the vibrant bowl it is served in.
Diners have the option to stay in one of L’Enclume’s 16 individually designed rooms which are located around the village of Cartmel. Each beamed bedroom is designed with deep warm colours and plush fabrics, in a sleek modern style while retaining context to their historical surroundings. Ensuring a comfortable but stylish stay.
In a similar style to the food served and dining space, the rooms too are paired back and relaxed. Neutral tones are calm and welcoming, with plain wooden furniture, light worktops and naturally a micro plant to greet you in the bathroom.
L’enclume is French for ‘The Anvil’. Dating back to the early 13th century the building was originally the site of a family run blacksmith until the 1950s. Simon was eager to retain much of the building’s original features including the furnaces, ceiling beams and thick stone walls to keep the character of the building intact.
To find out more about L’Enclume or to make a reservation visit their website here.
All images kindly sent by L’enclume, all image credits to Nina Claridge.