Grange over sands
L’Enclume is set in an old ironmongers; and the delicate restoration of the building has retained many of the original features. Flagstone tiles, rough walls and bare wooden tables.
It is rustic but highly polished, just like the food.
Table dressings are minimal; a white starched napkin sits rolled next to a rustic plate, two smooth pebbles lie in the centre with the menu in a grey envelope sealed with wax .
As soon as you walk in you are welcomed by staff who are warm & friendly but professional.it feels formal but relaxed.
We had the 17 course signature tasting menu.
We didn’t have the wine pairing as it was lunch time, I went for a very light and fruity Sandpiper blond beer from the Unswerth’s Yard Brewery in Cartmel.
The menu is a massive nod to Cartmel and the surrounding areas.
Everything is sourced as locally as possible including the crockery, they use a lot of natural materials including stone, slate and local wood all in keeping with the surroundings.
The food was outstanding and if I dare say flawless.
With the emphasis on local,.
A lot of the food is foraged from the local fells and woods, which means it’s at its freshest and best in season.
The amount of food is just right even though it’s fine dining, we walked away feeling fed but not over full.
As it was a 17 course menu .
The stand out dishes were ,the oyster pebbles, beetroot & horseradish snow, both of these were so fresh they gave you A flavour explosion & definitely awakened your senses for the rest of the meal.The valley venison carpaccio was so tender with little bursts of mustard & fennel gel.the brill with poultry juices was cooked perfectly with the rich chicken jus and a smooth as silk celeriac pure.
We would definitely go back to
L-Enclume. & I would recommend it to anyone.
It really was an experience worth repeating.