By now everyone will have heard the fantastic news that for the massive fouth year running, a Cumbrian restaurant has been voted Britain’s best by the Good Food Guide, L’Enclume in Cartmel.
For Cartmel village and in fact the Cumbrian and Lake District food industry as a whole, having this accolade within a far northern county normally only associated with fells and lakes is an even bigger deal. With L‘Enclume being crowned Britain’s best restaurant for a fourth year, this has put the region on the global map and fully cemented it as foodie destination.
Since the first number one slat this Cartmel restaurant secured there has been a number of movers in the top 5 with Restaurant Nathan Outlaw at Rock in Cornwall moving to second and Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham in at third, a great display of the quality of Great British chefs, cooking and produce.
But back to Cartmel and although a large amount of people visit and stay there to dine at L’Enclume, you can’t help but fall in love with the whole village. It has the priory, the history, the quaint streets and buildings yet just a stone’s throw from the fells and lakes, it even has one of the most highly regarded horse racing courses! But walk through the village and you can’t help but notice food is at the heart of it and rightly so being located within such a fertile and diverse farming landscape. From cafes to coffee shops, pubs to restaurants, you could spend 2 weeks in Cartmel and never get bored of dining out.
But remember, room should always be left for pudding, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding of course. But then who can pass up the exceptional cheese on offer at Cartmel Cheeses in Unsworth’s Yard or Higginson’s award winning butchers in nearby Grange over Sands?
As with the high quality and choices of the places to eat and drink in Cartmel, the accommodation is of the same high standard. Enjoy views of Morecambe Bay from Bay Villa Bed & Breakfast in the Edwardian town of Grange over Sands. Just a short cycle or drive to Cartmel or even take the train. Bay Villa has large rooms, breakfasts served at a time that suits the guests and lavish bathrooms.