The Lake District’s reputation as one of the most mouth-watering foodie destinations in the UK has been given a welcome boost – thanks to three new Michelin stars announced last night.

Describing The Lake District as “a big winner”, the team behind the prestigious Michelin Guide gave three Cumbrian restaurants one star each:

  • Allium at Askham Hall, which judges say “makes great use of produce from its gardens and estate”
  • “Hidden gem”, The Cottage in the Wood at Braithwaite, near Keswick
  • “The sweet and intimate” Old Stamp House in Ambleside

In addition to the new one-star status announcements, stars have also been retained by:

  • Hrishi at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House in Windermere (one star)
  • L’Enclume in Cartmel (two stars)
  • Rogan & Co in Cartmel (one star)
  • The Forest Side at Grasmere (one star)

That means seven restaurants now proudly enjoy membership of an exclusive club of Lake District eateries which all share the glowing seal of approval by the team behind the internationally-respected Michelin Great Britain & Ireland Stars for 2020 guide. The Dog and Gun in Skelton has also retained its Bib Gourmand status, named after Bibendum – the Michelin Man.

Michelin star restaurants lure gastronomes from all corners of the globe and are famed for offering the crème de la crème of eating and dining experiences – particularly with international visitors, with whom Cumbria is so popular.

Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, said: “This is absolutely amazing news for the county. These latest announcements by the team at the Michelin Guide continue to demonstrate just how much choice our visitors and residents have when it comes to luxury dining, with Cumbria’s tally of stars almost doubling overnight. As such excellence in food and drink continues to rise from strength to strength, it further cements The Lake District, Cumbria’s well-earned reputation as being among the very best destinations for culinary excellence as well as for adventure, culture and relaxation.”

“We know it’s not easy running a restaurant to such continually high standards and the whole team at Cumbria Tourism send heartfelt congratulations to all our local winners who feature in the 2020 edition of the famed Michelin Guide.”

Food and drink is a key theme during Cumbria Tourism’s annual #theplacetobe campaign, cited as a prime motivator for visits. In the coming weeks, to celebrate the outstanding food and drink offering across the county, Cumbria Tourism will launch its annual Food and Drink Guide to further showcase even more of Cumbria’s finest restaurants, pubs and local producers. Essential reading for visitors coming to Cumbria, the Food and Drink Guide is distributed across the county as well as within a two and a half hour driving distance for those planning a visit.

Gill Haigh continued, “Cumbria isn’t just famous for the widest range of places to eat and drink, including our Michelin restaurants, but for original produce like Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding, Herdwick Lamb, Kendal Mint Cake and Grasmere Gingerbread. Our new Food and Drink Guide is a staple publication for the millions of visitors coming to Cumbria each year and we’re proud to produce this latest guide with our members, especially so soon after this wonderful news from Michelin.”

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