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The Lake District and Cumbria provides a rich larder; Herdwick Hogget from the surrounding fells, freshly landed fish and shellfish from West coast harbours and a host of wild foods. The quality of the food and wine has won a Michelin Star, a Top 100 UK Restaurants award, several regional awards and gained recognition in the leading guides.

Passion For Produce

Raising the bar for Cumbrian dining excellence, head chef Ben Wilkinson has a true passion for local produce. His inventive creations are an ode to Cumbria, with ingredients sourced from the encompassing valleys and even the forest on our doorstep. 

With over two decades of culinary experience, crowned by a Michelin Star, Ben’s sophisticated flavour pairings and exemplary attention to detail is renowned.

What Michelin said

The Michelin Guide says Chef Director Ben Wilkinson “had made the place his own and there is a quiet confidence to his cooking.

“Top quality ingredients and classic techniques take the lead, and there is a certain sophistication to the well-balanced flavour pairings – and while skilfully making the dishes look eye-catching, he manages to avoid over-elaboration.

“Like the food, the service is natural and honest, and you leave feeling that they really do care about every little detail here.”

Tranquil Woodland Setting

At The Cottage in the Wood, we pride ourselves on offering a setting that is bursting with charm. Simultaneously cosy and airy, guests dine surrounded by views of England’s highest mountain forest, where red squirrels frequently roam. 

When night falls, candles are lit and the Lake District’s starry canopy emerges above the woodland. The magic of the night makes everything seem a little brighter.

A Few Other Things

Before you dine with us, please feel free to view our sample menus below. We amend our restaurant menus regularly to reflect the seasonal produce that is available to us. We kindly ask that you book a table in advance.

While we are able to adjust our menu with advance notice for some dietary allergies and requirements, including vegetarian/pescatarian, it is not possible to adapt the menu for complex dietary needs. Dairy products are used throughout our menus so would not be suitable for guests with severe lactose intolerance or those who require a dairy free diet. Our menus are designed for short breaks of 1, 2 or 3 nights. Please call before booking if you need to discuss.

Why Not Stay Over?

Fall asleep to the babbling of our beck and awaken to the songs of the many bird species found within the forest. The Cottage boutique accommodation offers a peaceful and tranquil location with a vast array of wildlife.

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