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A Close Look at our Top Three Signature Dishes at the Borrowdale Gates Restaurant

Picture a meal that satisfies the palate and delights the senses, with savory meats, cheeses, and farm-fresh produce. Now imagine that it is locally and sustainably sourced and prepared by an award-winning chef. This is the meal you will experience at the restaurant at Borrowdale Gates Hotel. Our chef Christopher Standhaven has been quoted as saying that he has done some of his best work at Borrowdale Gates Hotel, and that is proven by the fact that he was awarded two AA rosettes while crafting his culinary masterpieces in our kitchen.

Three signature dishes stand out that we proudly serve in our dining room. Let’s take a deep dive into each dish, why it’s been crafted the way it has, and how the flavours of the ingredients work together to create a gastronomic delight to the senses.

At the Borrowdale Gates Hotel restaurant, you will partake in a culinary adventure, where each dish is meticulously crafted to tantalise your taste buds and evoke a Symphony of flavours. Join us as we delve into the essence of our top three signature dishes unraveling the secrets behind their creation and exploring the harmonious interplay of ingredients that make them truly extraordinary.

Our First Signature Dish

Pan-Seared Cartmel Valleys Venison with Blackberry Reduction

  • The star of this dish is the locally sourced Cumbrian venison, which has been carefully selected for its tenderness and rich flavour profile. Our venison is of the highest quality, ensuring optimum freshness and flavour.
  • This dish is expertly pan-seared. Pan-searing is a technique that has been mastered by our Chef Christopher Standhaven. He delicately strikes a balance between achieving a golden-brown crust, while retaining the meat’s juiciness. This technique is employed to achieve the perfect balance between a caramelised crust and succulent tender meat.
  • This dish dives into the depth of flavour created by the blackberry reduction, a sweet yet tangy accompaniment that complements the earthiness of the venison with a hint of acidity. In achieving this flavour, our chef balances the richness of the venison with the tart notes of the blackberry reduction, creating a harmonious flavour profile.

Our Second Signature Dish

Grilled Lake District Trout with Lemon Herbed Butter

  • Partaking of this dish means embarking on a journey through the pristine waters of the Lake District, where our trout is sustainably sourced to ensure the highest quality and freshness. Only the freshest fish is served at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel restaurant, allowing the natural flavours to come through.
  • It also means delving into the delicate art of grilling, allowing the natural flavors of the trout to shine while imparting a subtle smokiness to elevate the dish. The grilling technique imparts a smoky char, while maintaining the trout’s tender texture.
  • The perfect finishing touch to this dish is the elevation that a luxurious lemon herb butter sauce provides. This lemon butter is infused with fragrant herbs for a burst of freshness. This enhances the natural sweetness of the trout while enveloping the tangy flavour with the richness of the butter.

Our Third Signature Dish

Wild Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil

  • As we begin our third and final signature dish of the Borrowdale Gates Hotel restaurant we venture into the heart of the forest. There we forage for a wide array of wild mushrooms, each contributing its unique earthy flavor and texture to the risotto.
  • Chef Christopher Standhaven has uncovered the secrets of crafting the perfect risotto. His journey to uncovering these secrets has been a labor of love that requires patience and precision to achieve a creamy yet al dente consistency.
  • Lastly this dish indulges in the luxurious aroma of truffle oil, delicately drizzled over the risotto to impart an irresistible depth of flavour and aroma.


Whether you’re staying at our hotel to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Lake District, just in the area to take a few hikes, or stopping by our restaurant specifically to try our cuisine, make it a new mission to try these three signature dishes. These meals are bucket list worthy. At the Borrowdale Gates Hotel restaurant, our top three signature dishes are a testament to our dedication to culinary excellence and the art of flavor harmony period from locally sourced venison to sustainably caught trout and foraged wild mushrooms, each ingredient is thoughtfully selected and expertly prepared to create a dining experience like no other period join us on this gastronomic journey and savour the symphony of flavors that await you at our table.

Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Ready to try one or all of these three signature dishes? If so, book your reservation at Borrowdale Gates Hotel. Allow yourself to fully savour the cuisine that is unique to the Lake District. The Borrowdale Gates Hotel provides traditional English fare combined with the elegance of classic French cuisine to complete the flavour bouquet on the palate. Book a reservation for dinner today or book your stay on our website, email at [email protected], or call us at 017 687 77204.

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