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The Cottage in the Wood

Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest, Keswick, CA12 5TW

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Opening hours
Tuesday to Thursday: 18:00 - 21:00
Friday & Saturday: 12:30 - 13:30 & 18:00 - 21:00.

Perfect setting for our anniversary celebration. Excellent staff and wonderful food. Couldn't fault it!

Ruth 21 December 2015
from Carlisle

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Set in the heart of Whinlatter, England's only mountain forest, The Cottage in the Wood commands stunning views of the Skiddaw mountain range and forest valley. 'The Cottage' is a beautiful 17th-century travellers inn, that has been lovingly restored to reflect the tranquillity of this perfect location, and a contemporary boutique ambience.

The quality of the food compelled Observer restaurant critic, Jay Rayner, to claim that the 'stunning views and local Herdwick hogget' were 'almost enough to make a man take up hill walking'.

Head chef Chris Archer is a protégé of 2 Michelin-starred chef, Germaine Shwab, producing an innovative, contemporary menu which sources from the rich Cumbrian larder.

The Cottage in the Wood

Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest, Keswick, CA12 5TW

Contact +44 1768778409

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Customer reviews for The Cottage in the Wood

4.9 ((((( (based on 14 reviews)
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  • dinner (11)
  • romantic (11)
  • views (11)
  • luxury (9)
  • lunch (7)
  • private dining (6)
  • afternoon tea (1)
  • business (1)
  • value (1)
  • ((((( 2 May 2016 by Nicki from Carlisle

    A very enjoyable evening. Delicious and amazing meal accompanied with good wine selection. A warm welcome, pleasant and knowledgeable with excellent service. All set in a wonderful setting over looking Skiddaw and the lovely Cumbrian fells.

  • ((((( 6 March 2016 by Andrea from Haile

    Had the taster menu. Superb

  • ((((( 27 February 2016 by Sarah from brighton

    Wonderful!! Lovely owner and fantastic food - thank you so much for such a wonderful lunch -

  • ((((( 17 February 2016 by Daryl from Cockermouth

    Fantastic! Never tried a tasting menu before, but food and service were excellent. Will definitely be visiting again.

  • ((((( 9 February 2016 by Robbie from Bournemouth

    The food was a work of art and the service from the waiters was the best i've experienced.

  • ((((( 8 February 2016 by Gordon from Whitehaven

    Tom and Faye, through their World-Class Service: Professionalism, diligence, and sincere attention alone; made this a memorable evening.

    The food and matched wine took the whole experience to another level.

    I have dined in the best London and Paris have to offer, but would not compare this experience to those.... rather, from now on, every such culinary experience will be compared to that which I experienced with my partner last night.

    This was the equal if not better of any meal I have ever had!

  • ((((( 6 February 2016 by B from Sandwith, Whitehaven

    From the beginning a good experience, the email correspondence from the restaurant asking re; dietary requirements, if it was special occasion, gave me confidence the from the outset our night would be good as checking up front a very nice touch, all hosts friendly, restaurant had lots of character, a welcoming real fire on arrival. We all had the taster menu (it would have been rude not to) a great opportunity to try creative and individual dishes. After much discussion during our meal we all liked a different dishes the best, I suppose that means we are all individuals, however, the chestnut risotto (my favourite) just beautiful the textures were amazing, lamb cooked to your own taste simply delicious, the bream was also chosen as a favourite, langoustine with the potato salad base was exquisite, the tiramisu got a fabulous reception by all. The wine pairing well thought out with all choices. Thank you for the Birthday welcome for my brother, we will definitely back but on a late spring or summer evening when we can see out of the lovely conservatory and look at the view over our beautiful county.

  • ((((* 3 January 2016 by Smp from Edinburgh

    Slightly difficult to find for us as visitors to area; perhaps a discreet sign or two? Stunning aesthetics in location, situation and architecture. Warm welcome. Dining room has wonderful views. Table d'hote lunch - some charming if unoriginal touches before starter and satisfying flavours, particularly in starter and dessert. Attentive service, sometimes lacking in finesse.

  • ((((( 21 December 2015 by Peter from Heswall

    The quality of the food was outstanding and each part of the menu was perfectly spread to pass a very pleasant 2 hours.

    Front of house were equally perfect and the cosiness of the restaurant on a very rainy blustery night was very welcome.

  • ((((( 21 December 2015 by Ruth from Carlisle

    Perfect setting for our anniversary celebration. Excellent staff and wonderful food. Couldn't fault it!

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