In the Hospitality industry scoring a perfect 10 in the Good Food Guide and other esteemed Good Restaurant/Food Guides is considered one of the culinary world’s finest honors for any restaurateur. Most are content with a score of 6/7 as time has revealed there is no perfect restaurant.
It came as a pleasant surprise when Daily Mail reported that L’Enclume scored a perfect 10 in the Good Food Guide making it the first Restaurant to receive such rating since Heston Blumenthal‘s Fat Duck in 2006.
What is L’Enclume?
L’Enclume is a unique restaurant located on an 800-year old forge riverside location in the historic village of Cartmel. What sets this restaurant apart you ask? It does not have a menu. What this creates is a series of dishes for each individual table that will not necessarily be the same but will share the same ethos.
The restaurant features organic produce from Rogan’s nearby farm and also has a research kitchen called Aulis where new recipes are perfected. Because the restaurant is not restrained by a Set Menu, they are free to express and to use whatever is available to them at that very moment in time.
The 2013 Good Food Guide, published on Sunday, September 2, 2012, describes dining at L’Enclume as a ‘perfectly choreographed experience’. It is listed as the second-best restaurant for the second year running, behind the Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire.
Despite its position at the top of the list, Mr Rogan and L’Enclume are relatively unknown compared to its contemporary Blumenthal. Blumenthal shot to fame with its unconventional flavor combinations and bizarre dishes, such as bacon and egg ice-cream.
Who runs L’Enclume?
Simon Rogan, a 44 year-old chef opened the doors of L’Enclume in 2003. His innovative dishes, such as goose and chestnut chipolatas, earned him a Michelin star in 2008.
Speaking about the award, Mr Rogan said:
‘Over the past couple of years we have put a lot of effort into the infrastructure – from our supply routes, stepping up our farm production, the way we use those ingredients, the set up of our research and development facility and simply in the staff that use all these facilities.
‘So it is a combination of all these things plus, of course, where we are.”
Mr Rogan has yet to topple television chef Heston Blumenthal, pictured, whose restaurant The Fat Duck has topped the Good Food Guide for the past five years
‘We are in a magical location in a beautiful building so when you take our Cumbrian roots and we apply it right the way throughout – to where the food comes from, what the food is served on, what you are looking at – it has all got a story to tell.’
Rogan also owns Roganic, a popup restaurant in London, and Rogan & Company, which is also located in Cartmel. Rogan’s perfect score is only the seventh 10 out of 10 to have been awarded for cooking since the introduction of the scoring system in 1998.
What type of food can I expect?
How can I contact them/make reservations?
For those who ask where to take your dates, this ‘perfect’ restaurant is the spot. If you are in the Cambria area or plan on visiting the UK, check out directions on how to get to L’Enclume online.
- Simon Rogan equals Blumenthal’s perfect 10 in 2013 restaurant guide (telegraph.co.uk)
- Top 10 British restaurants for the 2013 by The Good Food Guide (carpediemclub.wordpress.com)
- Taste Cumbria Food Festival (thefoodielist.co.uk)
- The kitchen gadgets that mean anyone can cook like Heston Blumenthal (telegraph.co.uk)