A husband and wife chef duo, who earned their culinary chops at Michelin starred restaurants in London, have brought their talents north to begin a new venture. Jake and Cassie White are set to shake up Cumbria’s dining scene with the launch of Pentonbridge Inn, a pub with the rooms, opening on 9 October.
Located in the small Cumbrian hamlet of Penton, Pentonbridge Inn will comprise a main dining room with 45 covers, a separate pub area and conservatory. Previously The Bridge Inn, the venue has been extensively refurbished from its previous incarnation.
On the food side, guests visiting the dining room can choose from a tasting menu of five courses, with canapes, priced at £50 and an a la carte menu. On Sundays, diners can enjoy a special four course set menu, priced at £29 per person. Dishes will be served personally by the chefs bringing an interactive experience to the dining and allowing customers to chat and interact directly with the person preparing their food.
Most recently Jake and Cassie could be found at the two Michelin starred restaurant, Marcus at the Berkeley, where they were head chef and pastry chef respectively. As well as working under Marcus Wareing, Cassie also spent time at Helene Darroze’s eponymous two Michelin starred restaurant at The Connaught.
The majority of fruit, vegetables and herbs will come straight from the 1.5 acres of Victorian walled garden and greenhouses at nearby Netherby Hall. Prior to the Inn opening, Jake and Cassie have been cultivating the garden 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. The Solway Firth will be the source for fish along with suppliers such as Keltic Seafare. Pudding lovers can take solace in the fact it will be a priority at Pentonbridge, not an afterthought.
The dog-friendly bar will serve local ales and offer a more informal menu of classic pub dishes, with a twist, for lunch and dinner.
The interiors have been designed by leading restaurant designers BusbyWebb and reflect the Cumbrian landscape bringing hints of the outside in with the use of natural materials such as timber, slate and stone. The extensive use of glass throughout will ensure the space is light, bright and airy and makes the most of the stunning views from the pub whilst the history of the building is retained with the original beams.
Overnight accommodation comes in the form of nine perfectly appointed stylish and comfortable bedrooms. Split between the main building and the adjacent converted barn, where guest can expect the same high levels of comfort and style as in the restaurant with sophisticated velvet, tweed and wool textures and soft, natural colours. Luxurious touches are easily identified, from the stand alone roll top baths, DAD radios, Egyptian cotton sheets, fresh coffee, fresh flowers and fluffy towers.
Further self-catering accommodation will be available at Netherby Hall, only four and a half miles away, which have been recently renovated by Gerald and Margo Smith who own both the hall and inn and plan to run a shuttle bus between the two so guests can at the inn and diners can visit the abundant walled garden.
Speaking prior to the Pentonbridge Inn opening, Jake White said:
“We are beyond delighted to be opening Pentonbridge Inn. 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. 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. 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.”
Pentonbridge Inn has all the ingredients to become a standout dining destination in Cumbria and is perfectly directed towards both the tourism market and locals alike. For more information, please visit pentonbridgeinn.co.uk
Kirkaldy and Roe Ltd
Established in 2006 by Malcolm Kirkaldy, Kirkaldy and Roe Ltd specialise in groundworks, drainage, civil engineering and building projects. Based in Carlisle, the firm covers Cumbria and South West Scotland and boasts a portfolio that includes works for Lloyd Motor Group and Story Homes, amongst others.
Past projects for Kirkaldy and Roe Ltd have included the construction of a new workshop for Bells of Lazonby and the installation of foundations and drainage for Magnus Homes. As well as groundworks and drainage, the family-run business has also built several new builds including a modern four-bedroom detached house in Kirkbampton, near Carlisle which is currently on the market.
Most recently, Kirkaldy and Roe Ltd have been involved with Pentonbridge Inn. Working on this project, Kirkaldy and Roe Ltd removed an existing septic tank and installed a new, larger sewage treatment plant to cope with the additional demand.
“We have worked on similar projects for Netherby Hall and we are delighted they chose us again for their new venture,” said Director, Malcolm Kirkaldy.
Whilst the company’s cliental continues to grow, Kirkaldy and Roe Ltd pride themselves on reliable service and high standards of work carried out by their experienced and dedicated staff.
Cumbrian Roofing Solutions Ltd
Cumbrian Roofing Solutions Ltd specialise in the design and installation of roofing, including flat roofing, traditional metal roofing, liquid applied coatings and green roofs with over 30 years roofing experience. Within this time Cumbrian Roofing Solutions Ltd have worked on a range of projects, including the award winning Joseph Black building which won best Single ply roof in the whole of the UK 2015 NRFC Awards, as well as schemes for BNFL, GSK, BAE and numerous Cumbrian construction companies.
Most recently, Cumbrian Roofing Solutions Ltd has been involved in Pentonbridge Inn. Working on this project, Cumbrian Roofing Solutions designed and installed the site’s flat roofing.
Darren Brown, Cumbrian Roofing Solutions, said:
“We valued our involvement in this project. It was great to work alongside local companies and to be involved with high-end restaurants such as Pentonbridge Inn.”
“At Cumbrian Roofing Solutions, we pride ourselves in our workmanship, as well as the end result. We don’t cut corners and we find being open and honest with our clients is always the best way to be. We are constantly using the latest technology in roofing systems which enable us to provide products which will last longer and also offer better guarantees.
“Developing trust and a strong working relationship with our clients results in repeat work, even if they can find a service that is cheaper than us. It is not always about the cost – it’s about delivering the right service and product applicable to the project.”