The Cottage In The Wood
The Lake District has its fair share of places to make a food pilgrimage and The Cottage In The Wood is one of them. It has a Michelin Star, is officially one of the UK’s Top 100 restaurants, and has a great reputation.
The restaurant makes the most of its idyllic setting, high above Keswick in Whinlatter Forest. It also makes the most of the Cumbrian produce, from wild, foraged ingredients to freshly-landed fish from West Coast harbours and Herdwick hogget from the surrounding fells.
Head chef Sam Miller creates dishes that are a celebration of Northern produce. From the amazing onion dish that creates something breathtakingly sophisticated from grelot onion, spring onion, Allerdale goat’s cheese and gooseberry to the deft flavour combinations of conference pear, parkin and lemon balm ice cream, this is confident, exciting cooking with not a watercress leaf out of place.
The Cottage In The Wood serves a five-course lunchtime set tasting menu and a seven-course evening set tasting menu. It is a restaurant with rooms so menus are designed to change allowing diners to enjoy a few nights away and not eat the same food – although any reasonable person would be happy to enjoy their roasted langoustine with celeriac and brown butter every single night for the rest of time. However, lunch and dinner reservations are also open to non-residents.