Chef couple leave London to open gastro pub in Cumbria

jake and cassie whiteCHEFS Jake and Cassie White have left Marcus Wareing’s two Michelin starred restaurant Marcus at The Berkeley Hotel in London to launch their own gastro pub in the village of Penton, near Carlisle.

Scheduled to open in September, The Pentonbridge Inn will comprise a 45-cover dining room, separate pub area and conservatory as well as nine luxury bedrooms split between the main building and the adjacent converted barn.

“We’ve loved our time at the heart of London’s culinary scene but this opportunity to create something truly special is an opportunity we’ve leapt at,” said Jake who was head chef at Marcus while his wife Cassie worked as pastry chef.

“For me this is a return to my native north of England and the chance to add something unique to an internationally renowned food destination. The Pentonbridge Inn will be a real showcase of the passion we feel for the food of the area and something we’re sure will be enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.”

The dining room will feature two tasting menus of five or seven courses with canapés priced at £50 and £70 respectively. On Sundays, there’s a special four-course set menu priced at £28 per person with the option of pre-ordering a specific cut of meat.

The majority of fruit, vegetable and herbs will come from the 1.5 acres of Victorian walled garden and greenhouses at nearby Netherby Hall, which Jake and Cassie have been cultivating, alongside the head gardener.

Local game will be well represented on the menu when in season and meat will be sourced from Lake District Farmers and Millbank Venison, with fish coming from the Solway Firth and suppliers such as Celtic Seafare.

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