For food and drink enthusiasts, Borrowdale Gates Hotel is the perfect place to stay. As well as providing a cosy place for hikers and nature-lovers to lay down their heads, this four-star hotel offers an AA Rosette restaurant, making it a great base for a gourmet getaway.
Visitors can check out local foodie attractions, like the Lakes Distillery or one of the area’s many breweries, before returning to Borrowdale Gates for a taste of locally sourced fine dining in what Alfred Wainwright described as: “the loveliest square mile in Lakeland.”
Head chef Christopher Standhaven takes great pride in choosing local, seasonal produce whenever possible – from meat and seafood to eggs and oil. Herdwick lamb can often be found on the menu; it’s a breed of sheep that’s native to the area, grazing on a natural diet of fell grasses and heather.
Maybe it’s their diet that makes this lamb taste so good – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall described Herdwick hogget as some of the finest lamb he had tasted, and it’s all traceable, from fell to fork. The sheep are reared just down the road from Borrowdale Gates on Yew Tree Farm, a traditional Lakeland hill sheep farm run by husband and wife team Joe and Hazel Relph.
Visit their Flock In tearoom during your stay to get a taste for where your dinner is coming from, or pick up some produce to take home with you! The restaurant at Borrowdale Gates serves dinner from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm each day for non-residents and offers Sunday lunch between midday and 1.45 pm, so why not visit and taste some of the best the Lakes has to offer?