The Music Room at Augill has been judged as one of Cumbria The Lake District’s top four restaurants in this year’s Taste of Cumbria awards.
Cumbria Tourism said: ‘The awards celebrate the very best of Cumbria’s vibrant tourism economy. More than 100 entries have been whittled down to this shortlist of finalists. The businesses have shown that they are offering fantastic quality, service and care to our visitors against a backdrop of one of the most challenging periods in the industry’s history.’
Cumbria already has a greater concentration of Michelin stars than anywhere outside London, putting The Music Room at the top of an impressive and very competitive restaurant scene.
The other finalists boast two Michelin stars and countless AA rosettes between them.
The restaurant, which had a complete relaunch in February following a torrid two years through the pandemic, impressed judges with its innovative menus for dinner and afternoon tea, which bring bold global flavours and marries them with the best local ingredients, it’s laid back but attentive service plus our exciting new conservatory bar.
Judges were also excited about our plans to rear our own animals to shorten the journey from field to fork and guarantee provenance of our meat.
So far, we’ve reared a small herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle, a few pigs, our hens are laying well and we have nearly completed lambing (a first time experience for all of us), bringing our flock numbers to near forty.
It’s a small enterprise, making use of the land we already had at the castle, but our chef is already keen to see our produce on the plate.
This spring we have also begun the renovation of our kitchen garden so guests can look forward to salad, herbs and vegetables fresh from the estate.
The Music Room at Augill is spread across three rooms at Augill Castle which includes private dining space. It is open for afternoon tea every day from 2 – 5pm and for dinner Wednesday to Sunday 5.30 – 8.30pm.
Afternoon tea re-invented is £20 per person or £28 with a glass of prosecco.
Rooms can be hired for private events. The Music Room itself can seat up to 46, the library 12 and our newest dining addition, The Drawing Room, has space for 20.
Every first or second Sunday of the month the restaurant turns into a pop-up comedy club, Comedy in a Castle attracting some of the top names on the comedy circuit from TV, stage and the Edinburgh Fringe.