SIMON’S FOOD AND DRINK GUIDE

 

RED LION, LOWICK BRIDGE

FREE HOUSE. You’re local and nearest pub. Small pub with larger dining room that you drive past to get to the cottage. Very popular with locals and tourists. Wholesome, home cooked pub food. Good beer garden. Wi-Fi. Very dog friendly. Dogs usually get a doggy treat if well behaved. 15 minutes’ walk or 4 minutes’ drive.

01229 885 366 info@redlion-lowick.co.uk

 

FARMERS ARMS, LOWICK GREEN, LA12 8DT

Another pub you’ll drive past to get to the cottage.

Free House with pub food. Reputedly the oldest inn in the Lake District. Dog friendly. 01229 861277 www.farmersarmslowick.co.uk

 

BRITANNIA INN, PENNY BRIDGE

You might have spotted the signs for it as you drove through Greenodd. Good local pub with good food and beer. Worth a visit.

 

FURTHER AFIELD

 

WILSONS ARMS, TORVER, LA21 8BB

15 minutes’ drive north on the main road to Coniston village. Another Free house with very popular food. Dog friendly. 015394 41237 http://www.thewilsonsarms.co.uk/

 

CHURCH HOUSE INN, TORVER

Diagonally opposite the Wilsons Arms. Another Free house. Dog friendly. Also popular for good pub food.

 

THE SHIP, BOWMANSTEAD, Nr CONISTON, LA21 8HB

Popular pub just this side of Coniston. Good bar food. Dog friendly.

 

STEAM BISTRO, TILBERTHWAITE AVENUE, CONISTON, LA21 8ED

Currently number 1 on Trip Advisor in Coniston. Sample menu left in the house. Currently open Wednesday-Sunday evenings only. Booking advisable-015394 42928

 

BLUEBIRD CAFÉ, CONISTON, LA21, 8AN

Situated on the shore of Coniston Water with lovely lake views.

Open 7 days a week, 10am until about 4.30pm.

 

BLACK BULL INN, CONISTON, LA21 8DU

Pub with microbrewery brewing 1 of my favourite beers, Coniston Bluebird. Popular for pub food. Nice terrace outside. Dog friendly. Open 7 days a week, from 10.00am until 11.00pm.

 

BLACKSMITHS ARMS, BROUGHTON MILLS, LA20 6AX

A lovely 25 minutes drive west. 1 of the Lake District’s best traditional, old pubs. Lovely views from the terrace in warmer months. Popular pub food. Dog friendly. Booking in the evenings is essential. Closed Monday lunchtimes. Tel: 01229 716824

 

THE ILEX BRASSERIE, HOLKER HALL, CARK

Classic British brasserie style food using top quality local produce. Lunch-12 noon to 2.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Check for opening times. Tel:-015395 58999 Booking is essential for dinner http://www.holker.co.uk/The-Courtyard/the-ilex-brasserie/

 

GREAT PLACES TO BUY LOCAL FOOD AND PRODUCE

(Also look in Westmorland Gazette for details of farmers markets)

 

P. D. HUTCHINSON BUTCHERS, GREENODD

Excellent old fashioned butchers at prices that will pleasantly surprise you. Don’t be put off that it’s rustic and basic, Mr Hutchinson has an excellent reputation for supplying great quality local meat and he supplies many of the local pubs. I drive a 40 minute round trip to get my meet here. Usually stocks a few pints of milk and some local veg too. Closed Tuesday & Friday.

 

THE BAKEHOUSE, GREENODD

The Bakehouse offers just about everything you could possibly want from your local bakery:- bread, cakes, pies & pastries and more. Baked with the freshest of ingredients sourced locally. Great place and also a small café too.

 

GREENODD VILLAGE SHOP (drive down the village main street, on the left)

 

Nearest place for basic provisions including milk etc.

 

SUPERMARKETS

 

The nearest place to buy fresh milk is the butchers and Greenodd shop above.

Booths in Ulverston. As you enter on the A590. For those who don’t have Booths where you live-it’s like Waitrose, but better. Lots of local produce, great deli, cheese counter and cooked meat counter plus all the normal supermarket stuff too. If you prefer run of the mill supermarkets, Morrisons and Asda are in Kendal.

 

ULVERSTON-Lake District market town

 

Ulverston has lots of great cafes and several good restaurants too including Thai, Italian, French, tapas, fusion and of course British!

 

Ulverston also has a good street market every Thursday and Saturday and a good indoor market everyday.

 

Yes, you guessed it, we love Ulverston with its pastel coloured buildings, great shops, quirky shops and bags of atmosphere. Head for Market Street, park up and enjoy exploring this lovely, small market town. Irving’s butchers is excellent too.

 

VIRGINIA HOUSE

 

Good restaurant using local and foraged ingredients. Modern British-tasting menus £50 and £70 http://www.virginiahouseulverston.co.uk/

 

BICI

 

Café by day and pizzeria by night. Italian stone-baked pizzas made from top quality ingredients cooked in an authentic wood-fired pizza oven, together with nibbles, cheese and meat platters and mini-desserts. http://www.bici-cafe.co.uk/

 

L’AL CHURRASCO Spanish, Portuguese & Southern Mediterranean Tapas. Very popular, small but regually changing menu.

https://lalchurrasco.co.uk/

 

 

CARTMEL

 

Just 20 minutes’ drive south. A must visit village. 5 good pubs and 2 top restaurants including the official best restaurant in the UK 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017-L’Enclume.

 

Cartmel is Cumbria’s best village in our opinion. The pubs and café in the main Square are wonderful places to sit on sunny days and watch the world go by or do a bit of star spotting with some glamourous and some famous people walking past

en-route to L’Enclume.

 

L’ENCLUME, CARTMEL – The only 2 Michelin star in North West England,

5 AA rosettes. L’Enclume is genuinely one of the best restaurants in the world and owner/chef Simon Rogan is rated as 1 of the world’s best chef’s.

A lot of the food comes from their own organic farm 1 mile away.

L’Enclume say-“Menus reflect the heart of Simon’s ‘farm to table’ philosophy. The best seasonal and local ingredients, handled with passion and creativity. Organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers grown on our very own 12-acre farm take centre stage, along with the finest produce from the surrounding Cumbrian countryside. As we only use the freshest seasonal ingredients, menus are subject to change.”

Please note-L’Enclume is not for everyone. You need to be open-minded about modern food and be prepared to try new exciting, inventive cuisine. If not, you might not like it. One of our guests complained, “I left was craving some good old fashioned stodge”. We love L’Enclume but you can’t please everyone!

If you want to book for a Friday and Saturday night you usually have to book several weeks or months ahead, literally! Booking for the rest of the week and lunchtimes is usually easier. The 7 course lunch menu is a very popular choice.

www.lenclume.co.uk. Tel: 015395 36362

 

ROGAN & COMPANY, CARTMEL. Owned and run by Simon Rogan (L’Enclume), this restaurant has now become one of Cumbria’s best restaurants. Quality local seasonal ingredients, many of which are sourced from the Cartmel valley and from their own organic farm located less than a mile away. What might sound simple on the menu often ends up with a few pleasant, subtle additions on the plate. Lunch-12 to 2pm with set price low cost menus. Dinner-6.30 to 9.15pm. Prices £30-£40 for 2 courses. Now open for very good Sunday roast dinners on Sunday lunchtimes.

Please note-just like L’Enclume, this is modern, innovative food with smaller portions. If you like a big plate piled high with meat, potatoes & veg-this restaurant won’t be to your liking.  Booking is essential for lunch & dinner. Book online:- http://www.roganandcompany.co.uk/sr/reservations/ or Tel:- 015395 535917

 

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Reviews

18th February, 2019

Sawmill Cottage Reviews

5 Star Review on Trip Advisor

“Excellent”

This venue was amazing for a relaxing tranquil weekend. Lazy mornings, long soak in the bath, walking, pub meals and real fires 🔥 – Catherine

28th January,

Charcoal House Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Beautiful house, warm, welcoming, modern but with so much character. A real corker of a property!”

Thanks Simon, my family and I had a wonderful weekend stay at Charcoal House.

My husband loved taking early morning walks to Coniston Water and it was a fantastic base for exploring the Lake District.

The only problem we had was the house was so great, we didn’t want to leave! – Liz & Family

25th January, 2019

Charcoal House Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Perfect for a family getaway!”

8 of us and our dog Harley stayed at Charcoal House for a week in January.

The house was super, very spacious with lovely furnishings, and everyone had a lovely break, even the Aga was a hit and produced an excellent Sunday lunch!

Even though the weather was snowy, we had no problem getting about, and took advantage of a number of Simon’s recommended walks which were right on the doorstep.

We also visited his recommended cafes and restaurants in Lowick Bridge, Greenodd and Ulverston, all of which were great.

All in all, the house is perfect for a family getaway and we will definitely look to book one of Simon’s properties for our January break next year – Peter Jones, Wrexham