We have been looking forward to trying another Simon Rogan place ever since we had such a fantastic lunch at Roganic, his pop-up restaurant in London. Now the road trip has brought us to Cartmel, the home of two of his restaurants, L’Enclume and Rogan & Co. We are visiting Rogan & Co in Cartmel for dinner. Our expectations are high.
It is a smart place but quite relaxed and the menu looks interesting. I have a pint of the very local Crusader Gold from the Unsworth’s Yard Brewery in Cartmel. It is a very pleasant, crisp golden ale with a refreshing citrus finish.
I start with the ocean trout served with radish, pumpkin seed, buttermilk and parsley. Loads of interesting complex flavours and the trout is cooked to perfection. Rock has the butternut squash with black garlic & pork crackling. It sounds like a great combination but she finds it bland, almost tasteless.
I’m now really hoping that Rock likes her main course – gurnard with cauliflower, leek and preserved lemon. It is certainly more interesting than her starter but she finds the gurnard to be more meaty than she had hoped. We share a side of creamed potatoes which work well with my barrel rump steak, kohlrabi, mustard leaf and walnut.
Rock may not be that happy but I’m having a great time. I’m also having a glass of rioja – it is excellent and the combination of golden ale and rioja may help to explain why I’m enjoying the food more than Rock.
We decide to share the blue cheese, rhubarb and white chocolate dessert. It is the dish of the day – a fabulous combination of flavours, beautifully presented and hits the same culinary heights that we recall from Roganic.
Overall, Rogan & Co is a very pleasant place to be, relaxed atmosphere, attentive service but the food did not always meet our high expectations.