Kevin Tickle returns to Lake District dining scene with the Crown Inn

By Joe Lutrario contact

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Image credit: Jenny Jones
Image credit: Jenny Jones

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Former L’Enclume and The Forest Side chef Kevin Tickle is to take on a 17th century coaching inn in the Lake District village of High Newton with wife Nicola.

Tickle stepped down from his role as head chef at The Forest Side in nearby Grasmere​ last summer having won a Michelin star for the venue eight months after opening.

The Crown Inn is expected to re-open in late Autumn following a significant overhaul including a brand new kitchen. 

The venue will have six bedrooms and two distinct dining offers: a relaxed pub area offering small plates alongside locally brewed beers and fine wines alongside a more ambitious restaurant that will offer a tasting menu. 

“We like a challenge so it’s going to be two venues in one," says Nicola, who has worked for some of the Lake District's best known hotels in front of house and management roles.

"It’s a really beautiful space with original features including a flagstone floor and low ceilings so we’ll do really good quality beers and wines and a small plates menu that people can mix and match." 

"There is a good local trade already and they’re not going to want to eat a tasting menu every time they come it. But equally there will be a lot of people that will make the journey for Kevin's 10-course tasting menu."

Tickle - who spent several year's heading the pass at Simon Rogan's Cartmel restaurant L'Enclume prior to launching The Forest Side - will continue to focus on local foraged and farmed produce.

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