Pentonbridge Inn, a fine dining restaurant located near Carlisle, has retained its Michelin star rating.

The accolade, which the restaurant first received last year, was announced at the 2024 Great Britain & Ireland Michelin Guide launch ceremony in Manchester.

Head chef Chris Archer and general manager Ross Bell attended the event, where this year's Michelin starred restaurants were revealed.

Mr Archer said: "Winning our first Michelin star last year was an amazing achievement for the team and our focus this past year has been to build on that success."

News and Star: Chris Archer, head chef at Pentonbridge InnChris Archer, head chef at Pentonbridge Inn (Image: Pentonbridge Inn)

He attributed the continued success of the restaurant to the collective commitment and dedication of the team.

He said: "The whole team is committed to delivering a fantastic experience for our guests and that dedication shines through in everything we do, from the dishes on our set tasting menu to the quality of the service.

"Retaining the Michelin star is testament to the hard work and talent of the entire team.

“We’re very proud to be part of the incredible food and drink scene in Cumbria which includes so many brilliant Michelin starred restaurants.”

The Cumbrian venue, one amongst the 13 Michelin starred restaurants in the county, offers a set tasting menu that features locally sourced ingredients from its sister business, Netherby Hall, in nearby Longtown.

News and Star: Pentonbridge Inn, Penton, near CarlislePentonbridge Inn, Penton, near Carlisle (Image: Pentonbridge Inn)

Cumbria now boasts 12 one Michelin star restaurants, with L'Enclume in Cartmel retaining its three Michelin star status.

This year's Michelin Guide added two new Cumbrian venues, the Cedar Tree by Hrishikesh Desai at Farlam Hall, Brampton, and Lake Road Kitchen at Ambleside.

Mr Archer, who has been head chef at Pentonbridge Inn for five years, works in close collaboration with Netherby Hall's garden team to source fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables for the seasonally-inspired dishes.

He has refined his modern British cooking style during his tenure at Michelin starred and AA Rosette restaurants across the UK, including Winteringham Fields, Midsummer House, and The Cottage in the Wood, near Keswick.

News and Star: General manager, Ross Bell, and head chef, Chris Archer, at the Michelin Guide ceremonyGeneral manager, Ross Bell, and head chef, Chris Archer, at the Michelin Guide ceremony (Image: Pentonbridge Inn)

Ross Bell leads the front-of-house team at Pentonbridge Inn, which is owned by Gerald and Margo Smith.

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The restaurant, in addition to holding three-AA Rosettes, earned the Newcomer of the Year title in the Good Hotel Guide’s 2019 César Awards and an Editor’s Choice Award for pub-with-rooms in 2022.

Operating from Wednesday to Saturday, the inn's eight-course set tasting menu is also available for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays.

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