The North of England has caught up with its Southern counterparts with a restaurant awarded the North’s first three Michelin star restaurant.
L’Enclume in the Lake District is the first venue outside of London and Bray, Reading in the 49 years that the Michelin guide has been running to receive three stars.
Chef Simon Rogan’s flagship venue is located in Cartmel, Lake District. It was given the third star due to “its sublime cooking, which never stops evolving… Simon Rogan’s dishes linger long in the memory”.
L’Enclume, which was awarded its first Michelin star in 2005 and second in 2013, sits lakeside in the most idyllic spot in the country and make sure every dish matches the beautiful scenery with its presentation and offers guests the opportunity to pair wines with its impressive 14-course tasting menu.
Speaking about the third star Simon said he and his team will be “celebrating this week for a long time to come”.
He continued: “Following the win of our second star nine years ago, achieving a third star has always been front of mind and something we’ve been striving for every day.
“Be it through the evolution of our dishes and honing of our service-style, the meticulous work undertaken on Our Farm, or how we work to make every one of our guests feel, from when they enter the restaurant to the moment they leave.
“We might have grown our operation over the past two decades, but we’ve remained true to our core ethos and maintained the close-knit community feel amongst our team, whilst all this time proudly remaining as an independent restaurant group.”
L’Enclume, the former blacksmith’s workshop is a former blacksmiths workshop, gave a nob to its heritage taking its name from the French word for anvil, traditionally found in a blacksmiths workshop and the restaurant’s emblem.
As well as the restaurant the venue offers 16 bedrooms scattered around Cartmel Village. Guests are able to book a two-night package and experience a meal at two of Simon’s restaurants.