At the helm of the Royal Oak kitchen, you will find Executive Chef David Lee. He’s got an extensive background in hospitality and after a career front of house his calling was to the kitchen. As an aspiring Chef, he trained at the prestigious Ashburton Chefs Academy in Devon, where he qualified with a distinction in Culinary Arts.
What inspires David?
Deciding quickly that the Michelin route wasn’t for him, he pursed a simpler style while maintaining the complex flavour compositions and great presentation. His passion is freshly cooked seasonal food full of fresh Cumbrian sourced and cleverly combined ingredients.
Looking for the best fresh produce of the day to create perfect combinations are a priority to David, he lives locally with his family, so he knows what is going on around the area. He celebrates the four seasons with the season's vibrant colours and produce. From Summer fragrances, refreshing dishes and puddings made from ripe fruits bursting from hedgerows to Autumn, with hearty winter warmers full of flavour, root veggies and braises, comfort food with a twist and the classics done well. David writes the everchanging daily menu the evening before, orders the fresh produce overnight and the next day supervises the fresh delivery and then prepares.
What’s important at the Royal Oak?
Our restaurant full of eager diners, a non-fussy, relaxed atmosphere, staff who take pride in serving David’s delectable dishes and where the food and service speak for itself. Hopefully our guests agree, it’s called real Cumbrian hospitality. We listen to customer feed-back, customer satisfaction and retention mean a lot to us.
What’s on the menu?
We have a focus on healthy food but recognise that you’re here to indulge a little as well.
The breakfast menu is packed with ingredients from local producers. Start the day with a choice of English hearty breakfast, poached eggs and avocado on sourdough toast, classic eggs benedict or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on toast. We’ve also got overnight oats, cereals, Greek yogurt, croissants, pan au chocolate, rye miller bread and local jams and honey.
What’s even better, we serve beverages from Cumbrian based expert tea and coffee merchant Farrers, their blends are designed to impress. Don’t forget there is free tea and coffee all day for residents so just help yourself.
After a hard day’s walking on the fells, we believe that our guests deserve a truly tasty food offering. Our evening dinner menu is something to look forward to, with delicious seasonal dishes taking centre stage. We offer a daily changing menu over 4 courses for £31.50 which includes a bread course, starter, main course, dessert and self-service tea and coffee, in addition there is cheese board as an optional extra course at £5. If you don’t feel up to the full works, then bread and 2 other courses is £27.00. We offer 3 choices over starter, main and dessert, we usually do a roast on a Sunday night and there is always an imaginative vegetarian option, if your dietary requirements are more specific then please just let us know. Served in either of our two dining areas to sit down between 6.30pm and 8pm after having relaxed in the bar or snug before dinner with a local gin or pint or even a glass of wine from our hand-picked collection.
Here’s a few of David’s favourite mains dishes:
• Pork tenderloin and cider jus served with potato tureen, black pudding and tender stem broccoli
• Citrus cured salmon, fennel and apple salad served with dill crème fraiche
• Squash, celeriac and hazelnut wellington
• Picanha beef rump, baked potato, fine beans served with homemade chimichurri
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Driving: From the M6 at Junction 40 take the A66 westwards towards Keswick, exit at the large roundabout (junction with the A591) and follow signs for “Borrowdale'' onto the B5289. The valley road leads south along the eastern shores of Derwentwater and twists through “The Jaws” into the upper valley. Rosthwaite is six miles (10km) from Keswick. We are the first hotel on the left hand side just after entering the village. If you have a SATNAV our postcode is: CA12 5XB and our Grid Reference is: NY 259 149.
Rail: Our nearest rail station is at Penrith with connection north & south via Virgin Trains and to Manchester Airport via Transpennine. To plan a train journey & buy tickets visit trainline.com
Car Hire: The easiest option for rail plus car hire is with Ullswater Road Garage 500m from the station with collection & returns until 8pm weekends 10pm midweek
Bus: Rosthwaite is served from Keswick by the Number 78 and Penrith to Keswick by the X5 Services.
Taxis: Negotiate a deal with Davies Taxis of Keswick Tel: 01768 772 676
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