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 Cottage in the Wood is located in the heart of Whinlatter Forest, between Keswick and Cockermouth and has established a reputation for creative food and friendly service over the years. The Restaurant has been awarded one Michelin star.

Passion For Produce

Our team is led by Beth and Jack Bond. Jack has held a passion for Cumbria since his early childhood, when he frequently visited with his family. This sowed a seed that has seen him return with Wife and business partner Beth, to put down roots and establish a foodie ‘bolt hole’ that captures their values and beliefs.

Jack has worked in some of the best restaurants and hotels in the world, including Eleven Madison Park, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Claridges and the Berkeley. Jack’s style of cooking is precise, flavour driven and sustainably focused. His menu champions exceptional ingredients and artisan suppliers.

Beth’s background lies in managing sustainable restaurants,  most notably the acclaimed Apricity Restaurant in Mayfair, London. Beth has a strong commitment to creating regenerative wine lists and zero waste cocktails.

Our Michelin starred menu

We offer two different tasting menus over consecutive days. That way you can stay for two nights or visit us twice in a season and enjoy two distinct Michelin starred experiences.

In the evening we offer a 7 course tasing menu for £120 and a lighter 5 course tasting menu for £75 for lunch, both with recommended wines.

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

We are able to adjust our menu with advance notice for dietary allergies and requirements.

We are pleased to welcome children ​if their parents feel they ​will enjoy the ​Full ​​Taste ​menu ​and Michelin starred experience that ​we offer. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer an alternative children’s menu. The Restaurant is not suitable for babies or toddlers. ​

Our menus are designed for short breaks of 1 or 2 nights. Please call before booking if you need to discuss.

Please note: Restaurant online reservations are available until the 30th September. Follow us on social media for any late cancellations.

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.

Why Not Stay Over at our Michelin Star Restaurant?

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

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