Even before setting foot in the place, there's two things you're pretty sure of: first, ingredients used at Rogan & Co will be of the highest quality and for the most part locally sourced, and second, the cooking will be precise. Despite having a third restaurant (Roganic) in London, Simon's home is Cumbria allowing him to fully participate in the food at Rogan & Co. In other words, this is not just a name over the door or a consultancy agreement, this is properly a Simon Rogan restaurant.
It actually goes a step further than this we learnt while dining there. The food being served at Rogan & Co is typical of what L'enclume was in the early years of its existence, before the molecular that would then give way to the current menu style, and back to L'enclume's earliest a la carte. It's quite interesting therefore to enjoy food that still seems contemporary but is also a nod to history.
The food we enjoyed is shown below, and yes, the ingredients were of the highest quality and so was the cooking. The food looked gorgeous on the plate too. With starters around the £8 mark, mains around £16-£17, and desserts priced at £7, three course dinners can be had for a shade over £30. With the wine list having many choices below £20 (and all below £30), Rogan & Co provides a very high quality offering in the mid market segment at a very attractive price.
L'enclume is not an everyday affair, and the pub food around the lakes is somewhat mixed. Accordingly, Rogan & Co is to be welcomed to the Cumbrian dining scene as an affordable quality alternative for locals and tourists alike.
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Disclosure: we ate at Rogan & Co as part of a paid for multi day L'enclume package http://www.lenclume.co.uk/offers.php