Not far from the rippling shores of Lake Windermere you will find the foodie destination, Rothay Manor. It’s a 4 Silver Star, Grade II listed country house retreat that prides itself on its fine dining offering, and rightly so, with the brilliant Head Chef, Dan McGeorge having been awarded first place at the Great British Menu 2021.
Hitting the road with a fully charged, all-electric BMW i3, we headed North for the M6 and up towards our charging spot en route at Norton Canes services, which boasts two superchargers. From there it was a smooth ride over the hill, tracing Lake Windermere all the way to The Manor.
The interiors of the restaurant have been designed to reflect the heritage of Rothay Manor, with wood panelling, stunning Lewis and Wood wallpaper and hardwood floor.
Originally from Liverpool, Dan takes his inspiration from the local landscape, with a nod towards a Japanese and Scandinavian cooking styles and techniques. He champions local ingredients, with the majority of the meat sourced from Cumbria and fish from the North East coast. His hard work has been rewarded with three AA rosettes for culinary excellence.
The meal begins in the stunning drawing room where guests will receive nibbles whilst perusing the menu. Once seated the canapés arrive, followed by freshly baked bread and an amuse-bouche. Guests are treated to three fabulous courses, plus a pre-dessert and if the appetite allows, they also offer an exquisite cheese trolley selection.
Dishes are exciting yet comforting. Changing seasonally, these could include: chicken wing stuffed with bone marrow, coated in koji & served with garlic sauce; delicate scallop ceviche, with white currants; pigeon with artichoke, black truffle, grape, and lovage; venison with beetroot, kale, damson koshu; chocolate with malted milk and jerusalem artichoke; apricot, with caramelised white chocolate and lemongrass.
On Sundays, the team serve a traditional roast lunch, the perfect occasion to gather family and friends to enjoy a leisurely afternoon.
Guests checking in will find cosy and luxurious bedrooms, with roll top tubs and beautiful furnishings that bring a real sense of relaxation to your stay. Dog owners will rejoice too, as dogs are also welcome to stay the night, with a dedicated dog wash/boot room for rinsing off muddy paws after a day on the fells!
“Hitting the road with a fully charged BMW i3, we headed north for the M6 and up towards our charging spot en route.”
Fuel economy and CO2 results for the BMW i3 range: Mpg (l/100km) not applicable. CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. Electric energy consumption (combined) 3.8 - 4.1 miles/kWh. Electric range 173.4 -190.8 miles. These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The BMW i3 and i3s 120Ah is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. These figures were achieved using the WLTP test procedure. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2, electric energy consumption and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.