The owners of Cumbria’s historic Askham Hall are celebrating, after scooping the ‘Taste Cumbria Award’ at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2017.
Owned by the Lowther family since the 1800s, the 13th century Askham Hall near Penrith first opened its doors as a ‘restaurant with rooms’ four years ago.
Now they have been awarded the Taste Cumbria Award for a second year, having first taken the title in 2015.
Askham Hall also won Guest Accommodation of the Year and Wedding Venue of the Year in 2016 at the Cumbria Tourism Awards.
The latest accolade was revealed as part of a ceremony to mark the very best of Cumbria’s tourism industry. The category for the Taste Cumbria Award celebrates a taste experience which combines brilliant customer service, creative use of local produce and a commitment to positively supporting the environment.
The restaurant at Askham Hall is headed up by Cumbrian-born head chef, Richard Swale, who has previously worked with John Burton Race and Anthony Demetre.
His menus are prepared using an abundance of fresh produce from the hall’s extensive kitchen garden, vegetable gardens and orchards. Owner Charles Lowther also keeps a herd of pedigree beef shorthorn cattle, rare breed pigs, goats, sheep, ducks and chickens in the grounds.
Charles Lowther, says, “Askham Hall is my childhood home and is genuinely close to my heart. I’m so proud of Richard and his kitchen team, who have built up a reputation for high-quality food and service in a relatively short time. Our unpretentious style is also quite unique and reflects our desire to be authentic and locally rooted in the Cumbrian landscape.”
As a Cumbria Tourism Award winner, Askham Hall will now go forward for potential selection in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2018.
The full list of winners from Cumbria Tourism Awards 2017 are:
Tourism Experience of the Year
WINNER: Bay Cycle Way, Morecambe Bay Partnership
Tourism Event of the Year
WINNER: Go Herdwick Public Art Trail
Wedding Venue of the Year
WINNER: The Villa Levens
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Daffodil Hotel and Spa, Grasmere
Taste Cumbria Award
WINNER: Askham Hall, Askham
Tourism Pub of the Year
WINNER: The Three Shires Inn, Little Langdale
B&B of the Year
WINNER: The Malabar, Sedbergh
Guest Accommodation of the Year
WINNER: Hazel Bank Country House, Borrowdale
Small Hotel of the Year
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WINNER: Cragwood Country House Hotel, Windermere
Large Hotel of the Year
WINNER: The Swan Hotel & Spa, Newby Bridge
New Tourism Business Award
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Cocoa Bean, Hawkshead
Sheila Hensman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Excellence
WINNER: Mel Ibbotson, Leathes Head Hotel, Borrowdale
Sustainable Tourism Award
WINNER: The Quiet Site, Ullswater
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Newlands Adventure Centre, Keswick
Self-Catering Provider of the Year
WINNER: The Halston, Carlisle
Self-Catering Property of the Year
WINNER: Hart Barn, Patterdale
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gate House, Coniston
Visitor Attraction of the Year
WINNER: Mirehouse and Gardens, Bassenthwaite
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
WINNER: Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
Holiday Park of the Year
WINNER: Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, Ambleside