Review on The Cottage in the Wood

The Cottage in the Wood is an apt description for this delightful restaurant with rooms, a former 17th century coaching inn set in the breathtaking Lake District National Park on Whinlatter Pass, yet only a short drive from the bustling market town of Keswick. The restaurant is a light and airy affair, with large picture windows to take in the views of the surrounding forest and the Skiddaw mountain range.

The kitchen focuses on high quality ingredients and seasonality, some are foraged from the local forest such as wild mushrooms, blackberries, nettles and wild garlic, and their website gives detailed information of the suppliers they trust to provide only the finest products for their dishes.

The menu works its way through some inviting modern ideas along the lines of Morecambe Bay sea bass and shrimps, cauliflower, and spiced Sauternes velouté, followed by a main course of crown of Alston Moor partridge, Savoy cabbage, braised chicory and roasted chervil root. When it comes to desserts you might see English Jacanu raspberries paired with whipped lavender custard or parsnip and walnut cake, honey roasted figs and Curthwaite curd ice cream.

The Cottage in the Wood has an excellent reputation for fine hospitality, which also extends to stylish accommodation for those wanting to stay a while. The restaurant was delighted to pick up a prestigious Michelin star in the 2020 edition of the Guide.

The Cottage in the Wood is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA Guide

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Modern European


Ben Wilkinson

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.30 - 2.00pm Thu-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.00pm (last orders) Tue-Sat & BH Sun

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at The Cottage in the Wood

  • Disabled access
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 36 covers
  • Family Friendly


Accomodation is available, (9 rooms)


The Cottage in the Wood
Whinlatter Pass
CA12 5TW

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