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The Cottage in the Wood

Whinlatter Pass, BRAITHWAITE, CA12 5TW

2 rosettes

The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef. Reassessment will take place in due course under the new chef. Described as England's only true mountain forest, Whinlatter is home to the aptly named Cottage in the Wood, where soaring trees and a spectacular view down the valley make for a captivating setting. The former 17th-century coaching inn is now a slick boutique restaurant with rooms, and its semi-circular dining room serves up the scenery in all its glory (a second area lacks the view but has a roaring log fire), while a table on the terrace puts you right among the trees. The contemporary finish of the interior is matched by the dynamic cooking of Chris Archer, who turns regional produce into one of the area's most memorable culinary experiences. The kitchen's beautifully crafted output begins with impressive amuse-bouche (a stunning cucumber and horseradish gazpacho, say), before a terrine of smoked duck breast and confit leg arrives wrapped in local air-dried ham, pointed up with apricot purée and served with a pistachio biscotti. Next up, Tony Cresswell's Lorton Lop gets a thorough work-out in a technically accomplished dish, or go for Cornish sea bream with wild garlic and brown shrimps. To finish, a classic Opera gâteau is flavoured with burnt orange. There's a tasting menu with an optional artisan cheese plate, while the canny wine list has plenty of options by the glass.

Further information

Tel: 017687 78409
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: Jan
Days closed for lunch: Tue-Wed

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Number of seats: 40
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 10 yrs D.
Parking available.



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M6 junct 40, A66 signed Keswick. 1m after Keswick take B5292 signed Braithwaite, hotel in 2m
Nearest station: Penrith

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