Allium at Askham Hall


Askham, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2PF

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A stunning grade 1 listed Pele Tower dating back to the 13th century, Askham Hall has been transformed from a stately family abode into a unique and contemporary stylish retreat and restaurant. A luxurious, intimate, unpretentious home from home awaits.

With modern furnishings and fresh decor, whilst carefully retaining the charm and character of this historic house, Askham Hall is somewhere you can kick off your wellies at the front door and relax in down to earth, comfortable surroundings.

The emphasis is on the food and our michelin-starred restaurant Allium offers an imaginative and creative dining style, using produce locally sourced from the 800 year old Lowther Estate. Our 6 course tasting dinner menu is available, please check our website for pricing.

The seasons at Askham Hall – the thought behind our food. The cycle of life in the gardens and fields at Askham Hall dictates our menus. We work with the seasons to grow, source and preserve the produce from our gardens and surrounding farms and woodland. The cycles have always been there and each part of the year is anticipated keenly for the new ingredients it brings.

In the autumn we are busy harvesting the plentiful fruits including apples, medlars and plums. We are also enjoying the game such as Red and Roe deer from our woods and moors as well as rabbit, partridge, grouse and pigeon, and of course all those wonderful mushrooms.

At the same time, in the kitchen gardens the winter crops are coming into the fore, with all sorts of varieties of kales and root vegetables at the top of the list for ingredients.

As we move into winter we are able to use all the preserved fruits and vegetables we are busy conserving during the autumn. Whether they have been pickled, dried, salted or left to rest in the ground – preserving techniques all add a rich variety in flavour to the same ingredient. When spring stirs we are excitedly awaiting the first buds of wild garlic, which grows all along the River Lowther, and from thereon come all the glories of the growing season.

Allium is open to both residents and non-residents from Tuesday to Saturday. Richard's food takes the form of a six-course tasting menu plus amuse bouche, petit fours and coffee. Wine flights are available, hand-selected from Charles' extensive and ancient cellar by our Sommelier, Josh and Maître D', Nico. If you're celebrating something special with us, do not hesitate to let us know how we can make your evening even more memorable.

For groups of six or more, we're delighted to offer you private dining in our historic and rather splendid Private Dining Room. Alternatively for a slightly more intimate, low-key setting, we have the snug pantry. Either way, private dining at Askham Hall is a very special affair - a bespoke menu created just for your group using the very freshest, seasonal produce reflecting your own tastes (within reason!). Michelin-starred dining with a personal touch...

Awards include: Michelin Star 2023, Cumbria Tourism's 'Taste' winner 2023, 4AA Rosettes 2022, Michelin Star 2020, Taste Cumbria Finalist 2019, Taste of England Bronze 2018, Cumbria Family Business Awards Best Food and Drink Establishment 2018



  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors


  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Locally sourced produce
  • Private dining areas
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Special dietary requirements catered for

Establishment Features

  • Exclusive hire of restaurant

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Cheques accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)



Road Directions

Askham Hall in Cumbria is situated in a quiet and picturesque village within easy access (about ten minutes drive) from Penrith and junction 40 of the M6, and only 45 minutes from Carlisle airport. Follow the brown tourist signs signposted Askham Hall Gardens.

If you are travelling north on the M6 you could turn off at junction 39 and head towards Shap, then pass through Hackthorpe and turn left signposted Askham. If you are coming from junction 40, follow the A66 east to the next roundabout then the A6 south. Just a few miles to Clifton, you will pass our pub (the George and Dragon) on your left, then turn right following signs to Askham. Continue over the river and Askham Hall entrances will be on your right.

The first entrance signposted ‘House Guests and Restaurant’ is for restaurant and accommodation guests.


  • Regional and MiscellaneousTaste of Cumbria award Taste of Cumbria award 2023
  • Regional and MiscellaneousMichelin Award Michelin Award 2023

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Tuesday - Saturday06:45 - 23:00

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