Cumbrian restaurant celebrates retaining coveted three AA Rosettes

Chris Archer, second left, with his kitchen team

Cumbrian fine dining restaurant, Pentronbridge Inn, has retained its coveted three AA Rosette award.

The restaurant, located near Carlisle, is now among the top 10% of restaurants listed in the prestigious AA Restaurant Guide.

Pentonbridge was first awarded three AA Rosettes last year, and head chef, Chris Archer, and his team were rewarded with a second plaudit at the AA Hospitality Awards in London this week.

Chris said: “It’s our ambition for Pentonbridge Inn to be a must-visit destination for diners from across the country and retaining our three AA Rosettes is a brilliant testament to the team’s creativity, talent and hard work.

“It’s a proud moment for everyone. We’re creating something really special here and are committed to delivering excellence in everything we do across the whole dining experience.”

Pentonbridge Inn recently launched an eight-course tasting menu featuring ingredients from the restored walled garden of its sister business, Netherby Hall, an historic stately home four-and-a-half miles away at Longtown, near Carlisle.

Chris, who has been at Pentonbridge for three years, works closely with the garden team at Netherby Hall to source up to 70% of the fruit, herbs and vegetables used in the seasonally-inspired dishes on the set tasting menu, as well as working with local suppliers from across Cumbria.

He honed his modern British style of cooking through working at Michelin-starred and AA Rosette restaurants across the UK including Winteringham Fields, Midsummer House and The Cottage in the Wood, near Keswick, where he took on his first head chef role in 2014.

The AA Rosette scheme recognises successful cooking across the UK.

Rosettes are based on one or more visits by an AA inspector to an hotel or restaurant and are solely awarded on the basis of the inspection, without external influences.

According to the AA, three Rosettes recognises outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand recognition well beyond their local area.