Askham Hall

Askham Hall opened in a secluded corner of the Lake District, a new UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 2014

The seventeen-bedroom restaurant with rooms is the brainchild of Charles Lowther, son of the 7th Earl of Lonsdale, having turned his old family home into a place of unique character

Chef Richard Swale holds court in the friendly, unpretentious garden dining room

Now back in Cumbria, he is rediscovering his connection to the ingredients he grew up with

Using techniques learned on globetrotting adventures, Chef Swale is reinterpreting classic Cumbrian ingredients, foraging and cooking with the seasons, and making use of the extensive kitchen gardens here at Askham Hall

Maître de Maison Nico Chièze and Head Sommelier Richard Bracken have created an entirely new wine collection imbued their own unique influences

Classic regions and varietals of the world are explored through an intriguing selection of mature wines

Most notable among these is a treasure trove of Bordeaux, offering vintages dating back to 1893

Tying this expertly crafted list together is a commitent to approachability for both palette and wallet