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The area 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 several regional and national awards and gained recognition in the leading guides.

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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.

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 menus regularly to reflect the seasonal produce that is available to us. We kindly ask that you book a table in advance.

We can amend the menus for specific diets and allergies and ask that you please give details of your requirements when booking, so that the same creativity and attention can be given to all our dishes.

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 offers a peaceful and tranquil location with a vast array of wild life.

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