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Allium at Askham Hall

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Seasonal cooking in grand country house hotel

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

On the fringes of the Lake District in splendid Cumbrian countryside, Askham dates from the 14th century and is intimate enough to style itself a restaurant with rooms. The Allium restaurant is the most recent addition, and the kitchen takes a fiercely seasonal view of things, working in harmony with materials reared and grown in the kitchen gardens and the farms within the estate. Expect modern food that is home-grown, certainly, but far from home-spun: texture, flavour and visual appeal combine in style in a starter of crab with lovage, blackcurrant and garden herbs accessorized with a wafer-thin sourdough and squid ink lattice, followed by spiced salt-aged Goosnargh duck breast offset with celeriac, beetroot, plum and a duck fat waffle. Dessert is an intriguing confection balancing the sweet and savoury notes of buttermilk pannacota with apple sorrel and blackberries. Punching well above its weight, the remarkable wine list is the icing on the cake.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, 3 January to mid February (excluding groups)
  • Days closed: Monday and Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Richard Swale

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Contemporary British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 7
  • Wines by the glass: 8

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

South of Penrith, follow signs from B5320 to Askham and brown tourist signs.

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