• a great british bar

  • the best ingredients - simply prepared

  • the best ingredients - simply prepared

  • a great british bar

  • the best ingredients - simply prepared

  • food for the soul

  • and a nightcap for bed

Eat and drink in a castle

Eat & Drink in a castle


Justin Woods @ Augill Castle

Contemporary informal dining in the friendliest surroundings


Food has always been an important part of a stay at Augill with the dining room the beating heart of the castle. Wendy has been tutored by celebrated Italian chef Giancarlo Caldesi at his restaurant in London and before buying the castle Simon ran a modern British restaurant in London’s Mayfair.

Now we have been joined by Justin Woods who is taking our food to a new level. Justin comes from one of the Lake District’s top hotels, having started his career in Switzerland, he cut his culinary teeth under John Burton-Race at the two Michelin starred L’Ortolan restaurant in London and then worked up from commis to executing sous chef at The Lanesborough Hotel on London’s Hyde Park Corner. He lives locally with his family and is passionate about creating an authentic sense of place with his food.

His philosophy is simple:

“Let’s look at more local farmers and producers and really see what amazing things we can find in the Eden Valley and surrounding area – the best quality food, cooked simply in the friendliest atmosphere.”

It’s what we’ve always striven to do at Augill, only now it’s better.


Here’s a taste of what we’ll be cooking…

Pressed slow cooked chicken, prunes & parsley, pea shoot, toast

Terrine of confit duck, black pudding & apricot, grain mustard dressing

Eight hour feather blade of beef, creamed potato, savoy cabbage, shallot, wild mushroom, red wine

Baked red onion & sweet potato strudel, spinach, carrot, balsamic dressing

Crisp belly pork, gratin potato, spinach, butternut squash, sweetcorn salsa

Cauliflower steak, spinach, wild mushroom, shallot, chive cream

Toffee vodka mascarpone, oat crumble, red wine syrup

Vanilla panna cotta, poached plum


“Eating here is a social occasion” – Red Magazine

“No whispering over the consommé or hushed separate tables here” – Manchester Evening News


  • Tuesday to Saturday Justin will be cooking his signature style contemporary northern British menu
  • Sunday is pizza night – a selection of Cumbrian-infused Italian classics with big salads and berry and lemon tiramisu to end
  • Mondays we serve delicious seasonally inspired two course suppers
  • Every day we serve Afternoon tea – sweet or savoury, a sumptuous and very filling affair until 6pm with or without champagne! Read on below.
  • Please get in touch if you have specific queries about evening meals.


Dinner £35 three courses, Monday night supper £25, Children (under 12) £15 

Sunday night pizza, salad & pudding £20

Advance booking for all our food is required – you’ll get details of how to do this when you book your room.


We can host private dinner parties on any night of the week.  Enjoy the intimate Library for up to 10 people. The Dining Room can be exclusively yours if we have capacity for other guests to dine elsewhere. Choose a menu that suits your style and be as formal or informal as you please designed around your particular preferences. Or, of course, you can take a table for up to 20 all to yourselves in the Dining Room, sharing the atmosphere of the grandest room in the castle with other guests.

Our exclusive hire charges which are in addition to your food and drink are:

  • Exclusive hire of the Library for private dining for up to 10 people for an evening is £120
  • Exclusive hire of the Dining Room for an evening (when the castle is not already exclusively yours) is £200
  • Evening menus for exclusive hire events begin at £35 per head for three courses. For other times of day, please ask.