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Shhh – don’t tell anyone about this secret pop-up restaurant in the Lake District

Time-limited luxuries

May 20 2011
Vicki Reeve

While our political world urges transparency, it seems that our social world increasingly demands mystery. Think Secret Cinema (, the underground supper clubs that are popping up in various international venues and Gingerline (, the pop-up restaurant and arts space that opens in locations at points along the east London Overground line, and which remains secret until a text message drops an hour or so before the event starts.

Now, if you have a taste for intrigue but fancy it with a dollop of cuisine of the Michelin-starred variety and in a stunning location, you’re in luck. Taste Cumbria Food Festival has persuaded four of the area’s top chefs to join forces in a secret pop-up restaurant for one night only (Friday September 23). It’ll be “somewhere in the heart of rural western Lake District” (the festival takes place in and around the ancient market town of Cockermouth), and each of the four courses will be prepared in front of diners by the following chefs, who all hail from restaurants with a Michelin Star: Simon Rogan, chef/proprietor of L’Enclume in Cartmel; David McLaughlin, head chef of Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere; Mark Teasdale (pictured), assistant head chef at the Sharrow Bay Restaurant on Ullswater; and Nigel Mendham, currently the head chef at The Samling, Windermere, who in the summer will be overseeing the launch of a new restaurant at the famous Dukes Hotel in London.

If the thought of this tickles your tastebuds and you want to be one of the chosen few, request a place now – a limited number of guests will be accepted. But whatever you do, don’t tell anyone…