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The best restaurants… in the middle of nowhere

5 years ago

There’s a good reason some of the very best restaurants are in the middle of nowhere; because they have to work harder to get you there. It usually also means that you’re closer to where the food came from (you know, fields ‘n’ that), which tends to mean you’re eating the best of that product much sooner after it became destined for your plate. All good things. And sometimes it’s just nice to drive somewhere far off and not get pissed. Sometimes.

 

 

 

  • One of the dishes served at Andrew Nutter's gastropub Bird At Birtle, on the edge of the Lancashire moors
    Birtle

    Bird At Birtle

    Restaurant - British

    The big, first-floor window at the rear of Andrew Nutter’s Bird At Birtle frames the moors – and this gastropub, a sister to Nutters’ restaurant proper – is an ode of sorts to its impressive, rural location.

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  • One of the dishes served at The Cartford Inn - a restaurant with rooms near Preston in Lancashire
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    The Cartford Inn

    Restaurant - British

    This historic coaching house serves adventurous British pub food in poetic configurations. Cooking is by mushroom forager and head chef, Chris Bury, whose CV includes the Fat Duck and Claridges, while award-winning suppliers include local wine merchants, D Byrne and Gornall’s dairy, near Preston. The interior, some of which dates back to the 1800s, is packed with wood panels and idiosyncratic artworks while the wider complex takes in glass-clad extensions, an al fresco terrace, and cool, eco-style cabins, integrated into the landscape. A place to get away from it all for a day, or a night – and enjoy some of the best food in the region at the same time.

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  • Fischers Baslow Hall, a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms in a manor house in the Peak District
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    Fischers Baslow Hall

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Fischers Baslow Hall delivers fine Michelin-starred dining with local foraged aspects in homely, romantic surrounds. Using the fruits of the region when everyone else was importing from abroad, Fischers stuck to its guns and now does it arguably better than anyone else in Derbyshire.

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  • The light and airy dining room at The Forest Side - a Michelin star restaurant in Grasmere, the Lake District
    Cumbria

    The Forest Side

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel The Forest Side, owned by Lakes hotelier Andrew Wildsmith, is built on the foundations of the cooking of former L’Enclume forager, Kevin Tickle.

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  • Gastropub the Freemasons at Wiswell is situated in the picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire
    Clitheroe

    Freemasons at Wiswell

    Restaurant - British

    Cooking goes from strength to strength at the Freemasons at Wiswell in Lancashire’s Ribble Valley. Roaring fires, cast-iron fireplaces and pictures of fantastically proportioned livestock lend a cosy vibe to the renovated cottages which make up what’s been described as the original gastropub.

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    Henrock

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Opened in 2019, Henrock is part of Simon Rogan’s family of fine dining restaurants – set within Linthwaite House Hotel in the fells above Windermere. Here you’ll find seasonal ingredients, inspired by flavours and techniques discovered on the team’s travels around the world.

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    L’Enclume

    Restaurant - Modern British

    L’Enclume is Simon Rogan’s three Michelin-starred restaurant located in the Lake District village of Cartmel, which is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading dining destinations. The restaurant is situated in a former 13th-century blacksmith’s workshop.

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  • One of the stunning dishes served at Moor Hall, the restaurant with two Michelin stars in Aughton, Lancashire.
    Aughton

    Moor Hall

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Mark Birchall, ex-head chef at L’Enclume, is chef-patron of Moor Hall, an outstanding, two Michelin star, five AA Rosette restaurant with rooms.

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  • Exterior of Northcote - the Michelin star restaurant and hotel in the Ribble Valley.
    Lancashire

    Northcote

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Northcote is where chef-patron Nigel Haworth earned his stripes as an instigator of contemporary British fine dining. Today, Michelin star chef and one of BBC2’s Great British Menu winners, Lisa Goodwin-Allen, heads up the kitchen.

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  • The Parker's Arms is a homely pub serving superb modern European food in Newton-in-Bowland in Lancashire.
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    Parker’s Arms

    Restaurant - European

    The Parker’s Arms is a homely pub, serving and baking extraordinary, modern European food.

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    Rogan & Co.

    Restaurant - Modern British

    Situated in an atmospheric 14th-century building beside the pretty River Eea in Cartmel, Rogan & Co is the home of Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred neighbourhood restaurant.

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  • The glass-fronted dining room at The Samling has views of Lake Windermere
    Cumbria

    The Samling

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The Samling is a delightful lodge and fine-dining restaurant oozing exclusivity. A favourite of Hollywood celebs (like Tom Cruise), it’s easy to see why this charming collection of restored farm cottages is thriving.

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  • A pub with a view: The White Hart at Lydgate is 700 feet above sea level on the edge of Saddleworth Moor
    Lydgate

    The White Hart at Lydgate

    Restaurant - Modern British

    The White Hart at Lydgate is a rustic dining pub with an excellent reputation and wine list. Located 700 feet above sea level, where Saddleworth Moor starts, the restaurant is in an impressive former coaching house, and it’s a place for all: there’s a restaurant and brasserie with two AA rosettes, a pub, function areas and a boutique hotel.

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  • Inside The White Swan at Fence - a Michelin star restaurant near Burnley from local chef Tom Parker
    Burnley

    The White Swan at Fence

    Restaurant - British

    Some folk in the village still refer to The White Swan at Fence as The Mucky Duck and you can still order a pint of Timothy Taylor’s at its very pubby bar. But over recent years The Swan has established itself as a destination fine-dining spot thanks to young chef Tom Parker from up the road in Burnley.

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