21st September – 6th October

Here are some of Cumbria’s best foodie haunts to celebrate British Food fortnight, each using ingredients in their menus from the region and around Britain. As one of the UK’s most diverse counties for produce, Cumbria is the ‘place to be’ for those wanting to try the best of the British larder. 

The Yan at Broadrayne, Grasmere

The Yan at Broadrayne is a contemporary bistro with beds a stone’s throw away from the village of Grasmere. It epitomises Cumbrian hospitality, offering guests a wholesome welcome and hearty food, making it the perfect place to enjoy British Food Fortnight.  

The casual yet classy eatery serves seasonal dishes inspired by the farm’s rich history. The focal point of the menu are rustic Cumbrian classics along with nostalgic British favourites and  beautiful sharing platters to ensure guests can revel together over the delicious produce!

From food to drink, The Yan always endeavours to use local producers with its meat, fish and dairy products all coming from small suppliers within Cumbria. Dishes on its menu also feature produce that comes from the working farm next door such as chicken and duck eggs as well as Broadrayne Herdwick lamb. Even The Yan’s coffee and beer come from just down the road using Red Bank Roasters, a Lake District coffee roasters, and Grasmere Brewery, a craft microbrewery, at Lake View Farm, Grasmere.

Dish highlights from The Yan include traditional Shepherd’s Pie made with slowly braised lamb and cheesy mash potato, cured ham, parsley garden peas (£14.95) and sharing plates of Thyme & garlic beef brisket, baked potatoes filled with garlic cheese, corn on the cob, vegetable coleslaw with a spicy Cajun sauce and chargrilled flatbread (£29.95). 

The bistro serves breakfast until 11am everyday with the kitchen opening again at 3pm until 9pm. For more information visit www.theyan.co.uk 

The Samling, Ambleside

With a fine dining restaurant overlooking Lake Windermere, The Samling allows guests to experience the stunning landscape of which many of the ingredients in their meals will have come from. The Samling’s Executive Chef, Robby Jenks, has created several menus for both lunch and dinner which showcases his passion for British produce. The menus incorporate some of the region’s most sought after ingredients from small, premium British suppliers around the country as well as The Samling’s own home-grown produce. 

Sustainability and carbon neutrality are important to The Samling to ensure its impact on the environment is as little as possible. The hotel’s head gardener Luke grows a range of vegetables such as pumpkins, broad beans, courgettes, chard,  kohlrabi, garlic, sprouting seeds and herbs and unusual fruit varieties like white soul Alpine strawberries and cucamelons. The Samling’s wood also grows wild blackberries, hazelnuts, and walnuts, and a range of orchard fruits. Robby and his team incorporate these ingredients into dishes in thoughtful and innovative ways, ensuring that the menus are kept seasonal 

To help with the success of its garden’s The Samling have a beehive. This produces the hotel’s own honey which is again used in dishes, and is also used in its signature cocktail, The 22.5. 

The Samling’s lunch service has two menu options for diners; a Table D’Hote menu (£25 per person) and the Choice Menu (£65 per person).  The Samling’s dinner service has the option of the Choice Menu or a five-course Tasting Menu (£85 per person). On Sunday’s The Samling also offers a Sunday Lunch (£35 per person) which see’s a three-course menu of traditional dishes with modern touches. For more information visit www.thesamlinghotel.co.uk 

The Langdale Estate, The Langdale Valley

The Langdale Estate sits in the heart of the Langdale Valley between the villages of Elterwater and Chapel Stile surrounded by some of the finest scenery in the area. It is home to Langdale Hotel and Brimstone Hotel & Spa and has two unique dining experiences on site.

The first is Wainwrights’ Inn, a traditional Lakeland pub with slate floors and roaring fires, popular with locals and walkers alike. An ever-changing selection of fine local (and not so local) ales, compliment a traditional and comforting menu that will ensure guests well and truly ‘fill their boots’ with good quality, warming food. 

Next door is The Langdale Estate Smokehouse where Head Smoker, Scott and his team hot and cold smoke a range of local meat, fish and cheese, creating a unique set of ingredients, special to The Langdale Estate. These ingredients are incorporated into many dishes at Wainwrights’ Inn and are also used in the estate’s other eatery, Stove. 

Stove Bar and Restaurant offers something for everyone merging a great indoor space with the stunning outside fells. Stove serves contemporary British food with Cumbrian ingredients in a relaxed setting.  The Wine Room is a quiet oasis, the Mezzanine is a calming space with views of the hills and the open kitchen a theatre. 

For more information visit www.langdale.co.uk 

Hare & Hounds, The Lyth Valley

The Hare & Hounds in The Lyth Valley is a cosy village pub renowned for its delicious menu, tasty kids options and welcoming atmosphere. 

Serving food all day, The Hare & Hounds has earned a reputation for its locally-sourced menu by head chef Allan Kay, which includes comforting pub grub such as pork & damson sausages with black pudding mash potato and spiced Lyth Valley damson & onion gravy. The pub also serves lighter Mediterranean style sharing boards and authentic Italian pizzas like Cumbrian ham & pineapple hand-rolled in its kitchen. 

The inspiration behind the menus at The Hare & Hounds is the pub’s surroundings. Being in The Lyth Valley, the pub is right on the doorstep of both The Yorkshrie Dales and The Lake District so have some of the best produce right at its fingertips – from fruit to veg, meat to dairy products The Hare & Hounds showcases some of the UK’s best produce. The pub always considers food mileage and tries to support local business when sourcing ingredients. 

For more information visit www.hareandhoundslevens.co.uk