Lenclume , Cartmel , Cumbria.... The 30 course challenge , Aug 2010
So my kids have all gone to Disney and Im stuck at home in rainy ole Cumbria .Being a bit of a foodie i decided to take myself down to Lenclume in Cartmel and have a fantastic "Me" day out.It was the first day of the new menus and it sounded pretty exciting stuff...
15 course Vegetarian menu , roots , shoots from chefs gardens mixed with locally sourced and wild produce from the region.
15 course Meat and fish menu , all regional and home grown again.
Sooooo without any hesitation i booked a table for lunch and also dinner......a 30 course gastronomic challenge which was so fantastic i cannot believe this place is hiding away in the middle of nowhere....Everyone needs to sample this chefs food....nowhere and no chefs are cooking like this in the uk to my knowledge.
Anyways....take a look , heres the pics ive uploaded on to flickr photo site...Enjoy....and please check it out.
Great pics - Thanks for sharing and your report. Oh, and WELL DONE on completing your challenge - It must have been SUCH a chore! L'enclume is definitely nearer the top of my "must-try" list now (Although I may have to wait a bit longer after the publication of the Good Food guide)
re: abby d
The staff loved it , mister piggy and his greedy day out...i even managed a couple of glasses of wine and the bread was too good to say no to also.
Im no veggie by a long shot but i could have happily eaten that menu every day , and felt totally comfortable after the 15 courses , very light and full of different flavours.Highlights of the 30 courses were infact veggie ones
Heirloom tomatoes and ricotta....so simple but with fabulous flavours...i experienced what a tomato should actually taste like.
The tiny potatoes , potato skins , sweet onion puree and burnt onion ash was amazing.
The sweet cicely ice cream with those strawberries ( Hertiage for flavour and prepared sous vide to pull in more flavours) was simplicity again and paired with the buttermilk cream was an eye closing moment.Im sure i was a talking point for other diners , sat there on my own savouring n sighing and in my own little magical world.....an amazing experience.