Travel News: What's Hot in England Right Now
The new movie "The Trip" provides a road map to some of the best places to dine well in picturesque North West England.
After you’ve seen the new movie The Trip, you may want to go on your own road trip to visit the beautiful landscapes, gourmet restaurants and historic inns of Lancashire and Cumbria where the film is set.
The movie, which opened in the U.S. June 10, stars Steve Coogan as a food critic for The Observer who, after he and his girlfriend separate, asks a friend, played by Rob Brydon, to accompany him on a working restaurant tour of the north of England.
The partly improvised film, directed by Michael Winterbottom, has the pair bickering, trying to outdo each other with their dead-on impersonations of various movie stars, and, of course, eating. And they do eat well. Here are some of the must-visit, high-end restaurants — and their accompanying inns — the actors hit along the way:
1. The Inn at Whitewell
The 23-bedroom Inn at Whitewell, located on the banks of the River Hodder in Clitheroe, Lancashire, dates to at least the 1700s as an inn and beginning in the 1300s started out as a small manor house lived in by the keepers of the Royal forest. Head chef Jamie Cadman works wonders with seasonal and local produce and the pub is known for its extensive list of beers and wines. (Restaurant pictured below.) Dunsop Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 3AT
Located inside a grey-stoned 800-year-old former smithy, the Michelin-starred L’Enclume features the acclaimed cooking of chef Simon Rogan, known for his experimental takes on seasonal ingredients, many picked from the nearby farm. Dinners at the tasting-menu-only restaurant runs to eight or ten courses. The property, sited in the tranquil village of Cartmel bordering Cumbria’s famed Lake District, also includes a dozen rooms located in three separate buildings. Cavendish Street, Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 6PZ
3. Holbeck Ghyll
Built by the Earl of Lonsdale in the 1880s as his hunting lodge, Holbeck Ghyll became a hotel in the 1970s. The stone-walled country house, located in the Lake District with a stunning view of Lake Windermere, boasts a restaurant, helmed by chef David McLaughlin, that has retained its Michelin star for a decade. Look for such dishes as braised boneless oxtail with caramelized root vegetables and roast quail with creamed baby leeks. Holbeck Lane, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LU
4. Hipping Hall
Hipping Hall’s well-reviewed restaurant, helmed by a new chef, 26-year-old New Zealander Brent Hulena, since last year, serves rustic yet sophisticated fare in a 15th-century banqueting hall, originally a blacksmith shop. The cozy, stone-walled property, with nine rooms, is located within easy reach of the Lake District. Cowan Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2JJ