The hotel gastro-pub turning Cumbria into an unmissable culinary destination

The Pentonbridge Inn’s high-calibre cooking credentials are matched by nine lovely rooms

The organic garden that will supply the kitchens at newly opened Pentonbridge Inn, northern Cumbria
The organic garden that will supply the kitchens at newly opened Pentonbridge Inn, northern Cumbria

When a husband-and-wife chef team, with between them over a decade logged in the kitchens of Marcus Wareing, Tom Aikens and Hélène Darroze, ups sticks from London for the far reaches of Cumbria, there’s bound to be some interest. Hence the talk around the opening of Jake and Cassie White’s Pentonbridge Inn (pentonbridgeinn.co.uk; from £150), a pub with nine lovely rooms north of Carlisle, just a kilometre from the Scottish border. These accommodations, divided between the pub building and a converted barn on the property, won’t be the only ones; the owners of nearby Netherby Hall – on whose 40 acres the Whites are already cultivating a vast organic garden to supply Pentonbridge’s kitchens – are busy creating a clutch of elegant self-catering cottages across the estate for additional easy access to what looks set to become a culinary destination.

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