Honestly some of the best food I have ever tried! Couldn’t recommend this place enough and will most certainly be visiting again when next in the Lakes!
See my review of cottage in the wood you won’t be disappointed! the food and welcome are amazing as is the service from all the staff.
Stayed in one of the rooms for two nights and ate in the restaurant both evenings. Unlike some Michelin starred restaurants CITW has both an a la carte and tasting menus so a two night stay is possible. We ate a la carte one evening and had the tasting menu the next. The size of the courses is what we would expect from such a fine dining restaurant - if you stay here for a cooked breakfast that will set you up for a day on the fells for sure!!
The food was of a high standard and we thought it was good value for money compared to other one starred restaurants. Three course a la carte at £50 per head and £70 per head for the 6 course (plus a couple of amuse bouche) tasting menu. Wine list is varied and reasonably priced. Would recommend the wine pairing with the tasting menu.
Lastly the service - super friendly and personal. Couldn't fault it - both food and wine service excellent. the owners and staff are clearly very proud of what they have achieved and rightly so but they don't shout about it - just get on with making sure everything is just right.
Deserves their new Michelin star. Great modern English cooking.
We spent very happy 3 hours working our way through their vegetarian and pescatarian tatsing menus. Wine list reasobaly priced too (£25+). Our third time eating here, we'll be back next year.
We have been staying in the Lakes for years but had never come across this place before. We were staying just outside Braithwaite so was very close by too.
Really welcoming and we were well looked after - high quality service and staff. Food was magnificent as was great selection of wines.
But really was the food that shone through here - immensely enjoyable to have such brilliant food.
The Cottage in the Wood are doing almost everything right. The welcome on arrival is warm and genuine, there is plenty of attention from the waiting staff, there is a delicious appetiser before you even enter the restaurant proper. Each course is a wonderfully-cooked and presented taste experience and the restaurant has a warm and relaxing 'feel'.
The prices are about where you would expect for this quality.
If I wanted the evening to be absolutely perfect, the main course dishes brought to our table (there were 4 of us and we all ordered differently) would have been more generous in terms of portion size. It was basically a second starter. I'm not a philistine and do understand that fine dining is about quality rather than quantity; nevertheless I do feel that the main was very small and could probably have been served in a ramekin.
No doubt others would disagree, and I'll end by saying this - if you love superb food you'll enjoy eating here.
We were drawn here by the Michelin star having previously dismissed it as being overpriced. How wrong we were. We ate off the set lunch menu and everything we had was absolutely delicious. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend. And finally our smart jeans and jumper was perfectly acceptable.
Since moving to Cumbria 4 years ago we tried to find a restaurant to celebrate our anniversary, something special befitting the moment. The Cottage in the Wood was recommended and since then we have visited every year on our anniversary.
To say it is a great restaurant does not do it justice, and I use that comparison based on eating in other Michelin starred restaurants in the south of England. We always knew the food and service was of the highest standards at initially they had not achieved the Michelin Star, indeed now they have also achieved other awards since, and well deserved they are.
From the moment you arrive you know you are in for a treat, the location is amazing, and during the day the views around Whinlatter are breathtaking. As soon as you walk through the door you are greeted in a friendly and professional manner, making you feel special but not overpowered with that 'in your face' type of service some restaurants seem to think represents 1st class service. The staff are all so friendly and welcoming, and compliment the whole experience.
The menu is diverse without being too 'busy', offering a varied selection, including a taster menu, which is my personal go to choice, complimented with the wines that have been carefully selected to enhance the dish. The flavours are combined in a unique way enhancing each part of the dish, very well thought out, and presentation is outstanding.
The service is first class, staff are knowledgable about the food and wine, and serve in a manner befitting to a first class dinning experience.
I cannot praise this restaurant enough, the location, food and service all combine to justify the highest accolade, and the continue to deliver above expectations on all aspects.
In fact we have now decided to double of visit frequencies and visit for lunch in the near future.
So thanks to the team for making our special occasion a special occasion.
We had the Taste Cumbria 6 course tasting menu with the accompanying wine flight and the result was sheer perfection. The best restaurant I have eaten in by far. Wonderful hosts and staff and the visiting red squirrels just add to the magic!
My wife and I had an amazing experience at Cottage in the Woods.
Having never experienced a Michelin star restaurant before we were very excited.
We were not disappointed. I had never tasted anything like it.
Great view, excellent food and top service.
What a treat of a restaurant. The attention to detail for each course was fabulous. Michelin star so well deserved.
Fabulous service, amazing food,wine and lovely surrounds.
Still thinking about the pear dessert!
Everyone should try this experience.
We were lucky enough to be able to get a reservation on our latest trip to the Lakes for the recce of the Lakeland 100 course.
After a few days running in the Lakes, we wanted to treat ourselves to a special meal, having stumbled across a review of The Cottage in the Wood some time ago, we arranged to be camping just down the road and made a reservation.
Our now 12 year old is a real foodie, had researched the restaurant, menu and was excitedly looking forward to dining out.
We were warmly greeted and asked if we would like a drink in the lounge or to go to our table, we opted for the lounge and ordered our drinks before perusing the menu. The options are the 3 course dinner menu or the tasting menu, we opted for the dinner menu.
Our daughter opted for the crab, followed by the duck, my wife the beetroot started followed by the turbot, while I had mackerel followed by the duck, as always we like to try sample others courses.
We enjoyed the amuse bouche of mushroom soup with pickled mushrooms, with the home made breads, all of us cleaning our bowls. The bread was replenished numerous times, if we could have taken it with us we would of.
We were not disappointed with the food, the crab was delicious, it was a challenge to get a taster from our daughter, the beetroot and mackerel both wonderful. The main courses were beautifully presented and tasted amazing, the turbot melted in the mouth as did the duck.
The desserts were amazing, between us we had the strawberries, figs and cheeses, all fantastic.
The staff were very friendly, were attentive without being too fussy and engaged with our daughter treating her in an adult manner.
After dinner, we had coffee in the lounge accompanied with petit fours, again they were home made and delicious, while chatting with the very friendly owner.
We had a wonderful evening, the food was excellent and the staff brilliant, The Cottage in the Wood exceeded our expectations and thoroughly deserves its Michelin star, it highlights how much good food there is outside the capital.
We've intended to eat at the Cottage in the Wood for ages based on favourable reviews, but it's a bit far from us (over 60 miles), but the recent news of a Michelin star nudged us to make the effort for lunch a couple of days ago. We had the 3-course lunch menu (2 choices for each course) for £30 (there is also a £50 tasting menu; dinner prices are considerably more, of course), and found the food to be up to Michelin standard. The courses were as described on their website, and despite some comments from other reviewers about small portion sizes we found them to be adequate and each plate had several exquisite and clever components with plenty of matching flavours. The only adverse comment is that my wife thought the rose veal in her main course was rather lacking in flavour.. There were no canapés (maybe there are with the tasting menu?); the home-made bread was excellent, and was replenished when asked. The cheese board (at extra cost) was interesting, with a couple I had not come across before, very tasty, and the amounts were O.K. (just!); the home-made paper-thin biscuits were great, but difficult to get the cheese on, so a fork to eat the cheese with (as is usual in French restaurants) rather than just a knife would have been useful (but forks were provided when requested -- a trivial point, but it all helps to create a memorable experience!). There is a good wine list with several not too expensive, and a few are available by the glass. We had an excellent Cotes de Brouilly for £38, I've seen it much more expensive elsewhere. Nice atmosphere, lovely views across to Skiddaw from our window table, and a friendly, knowledgeable waitress. So we were well pleased and consider it to be good value; I hope the award does not go to their head and they automatically bump up their prices for the same food -- we expected foodies to be queuing up the hill from Keswick, but there was only one other table taken. And that seems to be a general thing up here -- we have eaten at other Michelin starred and similar quality restaurants in the area, e.g. Forest Side, Samling, Old Stamp House, Hipping Hall, etc., and found the same each time at lunch, just one or two tables occupied, not sure how they turn a profit, it's not like London where similar places are booked solid for months ahead. Maybe sales of rooms with dinner packages do the trick, especially in the summer season, but with rooms at such places in the £200--300++ per night region (the Cottage in the Wood currently has 2 nights midweek DBB, including the tasting menu, for £430--610 depending on the room), cost-conscious northerners may be put off! Anyway, we wish them continuing success and look forward to returning for another meal.
Have been here several times in the past couple of years and re-visited following the announcement of their success in the award of a michelin star for the restaurant. Food was good - we chose from the a la carte and were not disappointed. If there was one thing we would ask - have a wider range of wines by the glass please - a pinot Grigio was available by the bottle but not by the glass !!
This was my second visit to The Cottage in the Wood having eaten here 3 months ago while on a walking trip with friends. This time I visited with my wife and if anything it was better than before and confirmed my views that this is a great ‘fine dining’ restaurant. The location is a little off the beaten track being part way along the Whinlatter Pass very near the Forestry Visitor Centre but it’s worth the drive. We sat in the pleasant conservatory part of the restaurant with views of Skiddaw in the distance. The (silver) service was spot on throughout our meal, being friendly and informal. There are just 2 menu options, a £50 a head 3 course with about 6 or so choices per course covering most tastes, or a full tasting menu at £70 with optional wine flight. As with my first visit, my wife and I went for the 3 course option and thoroughly enjoyed everything we had. Portions are small but superbly cooked and presented with an imaginative use of ingredients to compliment the meat or fish. We had lamb and halibut on this visit. I noticed vegetarian options. The wine list is thankfully short but has most styles to match the food. All in all a great meal and we are bound to return when we are next in The Lakes.
Sumptuously delicious dinner with nice dining environment, and very attentive and friendly staff! Very very nice Michelin star restaurant. Memorable!
Excellent flavours and interesting textures throughout the £50 menu.
Warm friendly welcome from Kath and the service continued to be smooth and well managed by all staff. Lounge area had wood burner which gave the place a great warmth on a mixed weather evening.
The chef Ben is a magician: tasty amuse bouche which was also a decent portion size unlike some similar ones we have had which arrive in a small egg cup; chicken starter was so varied and delicious including salt baked celeriac which went so well with the other pieces. Main we both had turbot presented in an unusual way, and super desserts.
On leaving the heavens opened - Kath walked us back to the car with two umbrellas. So kind!
It was a great experience and will stay long in the memory.
Our family of 3 visited The Cottage in the Woods for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Setting was beautiful, food was delicious and service stellar. We would recommend booking early and requesting seats with a view (which for good reason goes quickly). We stayed in Windermere and this was 100% worth the drive!
We had a fabulous meal here as part of our honeymoon in the Lakes. The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable. The food was divine. We absolutely loved the tasting menu and the variety and different ideas. We would certainly recommend this little find off the beaten track, well worth the drive up and the views on route.
Good accomodation.Great good.Friendly, welcoming staff.Magnificent setting.Even the weather didn't spoil our stay.
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