With our last visit to Cartmel and the famous L'Enclume being over two years ago, we felt the time was right for a return visit. To save anytime, everything you need to know about the restaurant can be found in our previous post (here).
|Calm Before The Storm|
|Gin & Tonic|
|Our Wine By The Glass|
After traveling from Newcastle, we arrived in Cartmel just in time for our lunch reservation. Due to Mr SEO being in a full leg cast after knee surgery, the restaurant kindly gave us a table with extra leg room. Upon this visit we were seated in the glass conservatory, a great setting for lunch. As Mr SEO couldn't sit for too long, we opted for the shorter lunchtime menu costing £49, here is what we ate:
The depth of flavour in this dish was truly remarkable. The puree was actually garlic flavoured, and when combined with the salt and vinegar flavours at the bottom of the dish, this was a match made in heaven. This small serving rekindled great memories of our last meal at the restaurant.
|Bread & Butter|
|Broth of Turnip, Hen of The Woods|
This was the dish we were least looking forward to, but to our surprise it turned out to be one of the best dishes we have tried this year. The turnip broth was sensational, the amount of turnip flavour coming through was highly impressive. We also loved the beautiful hen of the woods mushroom, where the nutty flavour from these was like nothing we had tasted before.
|Grilled Onions & Goat Curd|
A fairly simply presented dish, but not one lacking in skill. Each vegetable had been prepared expertly, with the grilled onion being the standout. The sweetness from the onions worked prefectly with the goat curd. We also loved the added texture from the chicken and yeast crumb.
|Reg's Guinea Hen|
The cooking of the guinea fowl was superb. The meat was tender and the skin was nicely crisp. Serving the bird with beetroot was a great choice. The beetroot puree had a pleasant texture and was intense in flavour, cutting through the rich game flavours from the bird.
|Selection of Cheese|
|Goosberry, Buttermilk, Spruce|
A fresh clean pre dessert which we both thoroughly enjoyed. We must comment on the sharp goosberrys, which were easily the freshest and most flavoursome we have came across.
|Holker Yoghurt, Strawberries|
After being slightly let down by the desserts on our last visit, we were delighted to find this much more to our taste. We felt the creamy Holker yoghurt was the perfect accompaniment for the beautiful fresh strawberries. The perfect end to a fabulous lunch.
After enjoying the full tasting menu on our last visit, we did worry choosing the shorter lunch menu would leave us underwhelmed. Thankfully due to the extremely high standard of all six courses we were served, we both left the restaurant having thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Service throughout our visit was also excellent. The whole team had a great way of making you feel relaxed despite the stature of the restaurant. Special mention for the sommelier who recommended us a beautiful wine by the glass despite it being one of the cheaper options on the list, many restaurants should take note.
Having now been to nearly forty Michelin Starred restaurants, we would struggle to place any above L'Enclume. The standard of the dishes here really are a step above most restaurants in the UK. With an ever expanding restaurant empire, Simon Rogan clearly hasn't taken his eye off the ball. If you are looking for that special destination restaurant, you will struggle to find anywhere better than L'enclume without leaving Britain.