The owners of Cumbria’s historic Askham Hall are celebrating, after scooping the prestigious ‘Taste Cumbria Award’ at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2017.
Owned by the Lowther family since the 1800s, 13th century Askham Hall near Penrith only opened its doors as a ‘restaurant with rooms’ four years ago. However, this is already the second time they have secured the Taste Cumbria Award, after an initial win in 2015. Askham Hall also won Guest Accommodation of the Year and Wedding Venue of the Year in 2016.
The latest accolade was revealed as part of a ceremony at Cartmel Racecourse last night, to mark the very best of Cumbria’s tourism industry. The tightly-fought category for the Taste Cumbria Award celebrates a taste experience which combines top-notch customer service, creative use of local produce and a commitment to positively supporting the environment.
The restaurant is headed up by Cumbrian-born Head Chef, Richard Swale, who has previously worked with the equally renowned John Burton Race and Anthony Demetre. His menus are prepared using an abundance of fresh produce from the hall’s extensive kitchen garden, vegetable gardens and orchards. Owner Charles Lowther also keeps a herd of pedigree beef shorthorn cattle, rare breed pigs, goats, sheep, ducks and chickens in the grounds.
Charles Lowther, says, “Askham Hall is my childhood home and is genuinely close to my heart. I’m so proud of Richard and his kitchen team, who have built up a reputation for high-quality food and service in a relatively short time. Our unpretentious style is also quite unique and reflects our desire to be authentic and locally rooted in the Cumbrian landscape.”
Head Chef, Richard Swale, adds, “There is an incredibly high standard of food and restaurants in Cumbria, so the fact that have won this award for the second time in three years is fantastic. It really is a team effort and we want to continue innovating and building Askham’s reputation nationally and internationally.”
As a Cumbria Tourism Award winner, Askham Hall will now go forward for potential selection in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2018