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2 L'Enclume

Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Cumbria,

LA11 6PZ; 01539 536362 ££££ [2]

The essence of nature on a plate

"Idyllic, inventive, inspirational", Simon Rogan's

strikingly transformed stone smithy is, quite

literally, a force of nature - a matchless twoMichelin-starred

restaurant-with-rooms that

is hard-wired to the local landscape. Rogan's

organic farm, foraging trips and unswerving

commitment to Lakeland produce show in

4 Northcote

Northcote Road, Langho, Blackburn,

Lancashire, BB6 8BE; 01254 240555 ££ [1]

Revitalised Lancashire institution

A bastion of unbridled generosity for three

decades, Nigel Haworth and Craig Bancroft's

Michelin-starred š agship is still synonymous

with warmth and top-ticket hospitality. The

previously staid interior positively sparkles,

while the kitchen adds sophisticated gloss

to the region's big-boned culinary traditions.

The result is "Michelin-starred food at

its   nest", according to one fan. Recent

standouts have included a trendy combo of

dehydrated mushrooms, duck liver parfait,

morels and pungent shimeji mushrooms

dramatically presented beneath a smoke

lled dome. Service cherishes its customers,

and the wine list scores in every department.

5 The French by

Simon Rogan

The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street, Manchester,

M60 2DS; 0161 236 3333 £££ [15]

Rogan's head-turning Mancunian outpost

Famous for its opulent belle époque decor,

the grand dining room at Manchester's

Midland Hotel is now home to this "chic city

interpretation of Simon Rogan's distinctive

style", where the food shows "utter respect

for even the humblest ingredients". The result

is a choice of "truly amazing" tasting menus

1 64 Degrees Brighton 2 The Chilli Pickle Brighton

3 The Kingham Plough Oxfordshire 4 The Pass West Sussex

5 Sojo Oxford

5 More Reader Favourites...

THE SOUTH EAST from Square Meal's 2015 reader survey

Restaurant Sat

Bains: Sat does a

tasting menu with

some of the most

incredibly technical,

flavoursome,

fantastic cooking

that you'll find.

The Sportsman: The most wonderful

ingredient-led, sublime, beautiful

cooking. It's absolutely stunning, and

it's in a pub. I absolutely love it.

Paul Ainsworth at No 6: He is a very

confident young man and he's cooking

solid, beautiful, ingredient-led food.

Chef's favourites

TOM KERRIDGE,

THE HAND & FLOWERS

Restaurant Sat

Bains:

tasting menu with

some of the most

incredibly technical,

flavoursome,

fantastic cooking

that you'll find.

Le Manoir aux

Quat'Saisons

a multi-course tasting menu, devised on the

day and delivered in style by "wonderfully

knowledgeable staŠ ". It's all about inspired

artistry and pure, undiluted š avours - from

delicate salt-baked turnip "wallowing in

turnip soup" with a set Maran egg yolk,

cured pork strip and nasturtium š owers to

"sublime" grilled langoustine with a parsnip

crisp, purée and some briny scurvy grass. A

galaxy of mind-blowing desserts adds the

nal gloss to a life-aŸ rming tour de force.

3 Le Manoir Aux

Quat'Saisons

Church Road, Great Milton, Oxfordshire,

OX44 7PD; 01844 278881 ££££ [3]

Pure escapism and fab French cooking

The ultimate dream ticket for out-of-town

indulgence, Raymond Blanc's   ne-tuned

take on country-house luxe is "sheer class"

- from the gorgeous grounds to the silkily

orchestrated service, fabulous wines and

near-faultless French-inspired cooking.

Blanc's vision of 'sustainable harmony'

is buoyed by produce from Le Manoir's

showpiece organic gardens, and the result is

a raft of sublime seasonal dishes ranging from

a risotto of spring vegetables with asparagus,

tomato essence and chervil foam to veal   llet

with watercress, hazelnuts and sweetbreads.

Of course, you will pay handsomely for the

escape of a lifetime, but we aŸ rm that Le

Manoir is "quite simply, unsurpassable".

Midsummer

House

Northcote

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