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L'Enclume in Cartmel in Cumbria, UK
Restaurant information
Established 2002[1]
Chef Simon Rogan
Food type Modern British
Rating 2 Michelin stars Michelin Guide[2]
5/5 stars AA Rosettes[3]
City Cartmel, Cumbria
Country England
Seating capacity 50
Reservations Yes
Website www.lenclume.co.uk
Oyster Pebbles at L'Enclume

L'Enclume (pronounced: [lɑ̃.klym], French for "the anvil"[4]) is a two Michelin star, five AA Rosette restaurant located in Cartmel, Cumbria, England, run by chef Simon Rogan and his partner Penny Tapsell.[1][2] Since opening in 2002, L'Enclume has received much critical praise, including a rating of 10 out of 10 five times in the Good Food Guide and named their top restaurant for the fourth consecutive year in the 2017 guide.


Following many years working as a chef, Rogan was keen to open his own restaurant and in 2002 whilst living in Littlehampton, he was told about an 800 year-old former smithy in Cartmel available to rent.[5][4] Despite having never considered this location for a restaurant and hoping to open a restaurant closer to London between Brighton and the New Forest,[6][7] Rogan made an offer for the property on the way home after visiting it and opened L'Enclume in 2002 with his partner Penny Tapsell.[5][4] The name of the restaurant, meaning 'anvil', is homage to the former blacksmith's workshop it is located within.[8]

Most of the produce supplied to the restaurant is grown on Rogan's nearby twelve acre farm. The farm grows a variety of vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and rears meat including cows, chickens and pigs. The farm also has a young orchard which will grow a variety of fruit including apples, damsons and pears.[9] Some of the food is also foraged by the restaurant's full-time forager.[5]

L'Enclume was awarded its first Michelin star in 2005 and its second in 2013.[5][1] In September 2010, the restaurant was awarded its fifth AA Rosette.[10]


The restaurant serves a 20-course tasting menu which has developed from the use of wild herbs and flowers, with Rogan inspired by chefs such as Marc Veyrat who uses plants and herbs from the Alps in his cooking.[1][5] Rogan places importance on how ingredients are grown, saying: "It's a case of growing the perfect carrot rather than cooking it perfectly. My dream menu would serve 20 raw courses, but I know [he laughs] I'd never get away with that."[5]


In 2013, Matthew Norman of The Telegraph gave the restaurant 10 out of 10, describing it as "the clearest expression of culinary genius I’ve experienced since The Fat Duck."[11] In the 2014 edition of the Good Food Guide, L'Enclume was awarded a perfect 10 cooking score and topped the list of the UK's best restaurants.[12] In 2016, Lucy Lovell of the Manchester Evening News rated L'Enclume 5 out of 5.[13] It was voted the second best restaurant in Squaremeal's UK Top 100 Restaurants 2016.[14] In the 2017 Good Food Guide, L'Enclume was awarded 10 out of 10 for the fifth time and was its top restaurant for the fourth consecutive year.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d "Simon Rogan - Chef at L'Enclume - Great British Chefs". www.greatbritishchefs.com. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Full list of Michelin stars in Britain and Ireland". Telegraph.co.uk. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  3. ^ "L'Enclume - Restaurants - Cartmel - The AA". The AA. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Gerard, Jasper (20 November 2009). "Cumbria restaurant guide: L'Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria". Telegraph. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Cooke, Rachel (15 March 2014). "Simon Rogan: 'The eyes of the world will be on me at Claridge's. That's why I'm there'". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Caterer and Hotelkeeper 100: Simon Rogan, L'Enclume, Roganic". www.thecaterer.com. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Markwell, Lisa (4 May 2013). "Destination Roganville: Chef Simon Rogan has built a colony of". The Independent. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "L'Enclume - Great British Chefs". www.greatbritishchefs.com. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Shinger, Tom. "Simon Rogan's Farm at L'Enclume - Great British Chefs". www.greatbritishchefs.com. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Johnson, Rachel. "Simon Rogan "chuffed to bits" with fifth AA Rosette". BigHospitality.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  11. ^ Norman, Matthew. "10/10 for Cumbria's L'Enclume restaurant". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "The Good Food Guide 2014: The UK's top 10 restaurants announced". The Good Food Guide. Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  13. ^ Lovell, Lucy (1 September 2016). "Review: Is L'Enclume in Cartmel really the best restaurant in the UK?". men. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  14. ^ Staff, SquareMeal. "UK Top 100 Restaurants 2016". Square Meal. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  15. ^ Association, Press (25 August 2016). "L'Enclume in Cumbria tops Good Food Guide list for fourth year". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 

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Coordinates: 54°12′06″N 2°57′14″W / 54.2017°N 2.9539°W / 54.2017; -2.9539