A Michelin-trained chef is heading up the kitchen at Pentonbridge Inn, a restaurant with rooms in Cumbria.
Gary McDermott has been appointed as head chef at Pentonbridge Inn, located 17 miles north of Carlisle. He joins with more than 15 years’ experience having risen through the ranks at Michelin-starred The Yorke Arms at Pateley Bridge, and 3 AA Rosette Orangery Restaurant at Rockcliffe Hall.
His most recent experience comes from Lancrigg Hall at Grasmere, as well as Terry Laybourne’s 21 Hospitality Group.
McDermott said: “As fresh food and flavours are key, I’m thrilled to be working in collaboration with our head gardener to ensure that the produce grown in our kitchen garden is in harmony our requirements. We have put plans in place for the gardens 2019 offering and I’m really excited about what we are offering in the restaurant and pub. That our meat and fish is sourced locally is also very important to me, and I am confident that our latest menu will be a real showcase of the passion we feel for the food of the area.”
Owners Gerald and Margo Smith commented: “Gary brings with him a wealth of experience and we are very pleased to welcome him to Pentonbridge Inn. At the start of the year the Inn was named Best Newcomer at the Cumbria Life Awards and we know he will continue to drive our restaurant forward as one of the best places to eat in Cumbria. Gary’s passion for food and huge appreciation for creating fresh, delicious dishes is a great fit for Pentonbridge Inn.”
Pentonbridge Inn was extensively refurbished from its previous incarnation, The Bridge Inn, in October 2017 and comprises a main dining room with a separate pub area and conservatory.
The Inn has nine bedrooms which are split between the main building and the adjacent converted barn.
The Inn was recognised with Cumbria Life’s Best Newcomer Award in March 2018.