Local produce is at the “core of everything we do” – Simon Rogan

Lake District Farmer's Herdwick shoulder and topside dish served with kales and split pea
Lake District Farmer's Herdwick shoulder and topside dish served with kales and split pea.

Rogan & Co champion’s ‘local heroes’ in its first week-long celebration of local suppliers and producers.

‘Spring is a fantastic season for British produce. I’m a great believer in using the finest local ingredients as they make all the difference when it comes to taste.’

IT’S all about the suppliers and the fresh produce available in Cartmel and surrounding areas in the Lake District, Cumbria, believes chef Simon Rogan, the man who has turned the village of Cartmel into a gastronomic hot spot.

He and his team at one-Michelin-starred Rogan & Co neighbourhood restaurant, launched their first week-long celebration of Local heroes (April 16-20) one of two to take place seasonally each year.

Rogan believes fresh produce sourced locally is at the very core of everything that is achieved in his restaurants.

A dish of Beetroot Wafer, Cartmel Valley Game roe deer, cucumber conserve
Beetroot wafer, Cartmel Valley Game roe deer and cucumber conserve.

Local heroes included food producers, artisans, craftspeople, artists and the many people from the local community the restaurant works with who all play their part in making Rogan & Co a neighbourhood restaurant.

The renowned chef also owns ‘Our Farm’ set in the Cartmel Valley supplying the restaurants and other chefs including Tom Barnes who is launching Skof this month in Manchester.

Read more: Tom Barnes widely anticipated restaurant opens next month. 

They even created another beer…

A brew of Courgette and Mint Gose was launched in collaboration with multi-award-winning Fell Brewery, Flookburgh, using surplus ingredients from Rogan’s ‘Our Farm’.

This is the second beer produced as part of a planned limited-edition series of four.

The Courgette & Mint Gose is 3% ABV, resulting in a refreshing palate cleanser. It makes use of a simple malt base to support juiced courgettes, as well as fermented courgette juice, spritzed up with salt and a restrained amount of pineapple mint. The beer has a light finish, with a lingering freshness.

It was served at a series of dinners, curated by Rogan & Co head chef Tom Reeves.

Produce for the menus came from: Valley Game, Lake District Farmers, Torpenhow Cheese, Eden Yard, Wraysholme Creamery, Lovingly Artisan Bakery, Northern Wine, Liam Fitzpatrick (head chef of Our Farm, known as the Pickle Prince)), Fell Brewery and soft drinks, Zingi Bear.

Growing and sourcing locally has allowed Rogan to add seasonal ingredients to his Lake District restaurant menus. It has also helped the restaurants secure supply, reflect seasonality and reduce the restaurant’s food miles.

Local Heroes week in pictures…

Fell Brewery Limited Edition Beers

Gose beers have an unconventional salty and sour flavour profile and a low ABV, meaning that they are more versatile when adding unusual ingredients like courgette or fresh herbs. The beer is available through Home by Simon Rogan and his Lake District restaurants, as well as for purchase through Fell bars in Cumbria and their e-retail site.

Torpenhow Organic Cheese 

Award-winning cheese, made by hand in the farmhouse dairy using fresh organic milk from a single herd of pasture fed cows at Park House Farm, Cumbria.

Eden Yard Cumbria Rapeseed Oil

The only cooking oil sold in Cumbria on the 400-acre family farm in the Eden Valley

Wraysholme Creamery 

Wraysholme Creamery is a family-run farm, creating the finest produce from its own cow’s milk. Specialities include ice cream, butter, milk, cream and yoghurt

Member of Rogan & Co team serving Wraysholme Dairy milk ice cream sundae.
Wraysholme Dairy milk ice cream sundae

A fifth-generation family-run farm, creating the finest produce from its herd of 80 Holstein pedigree cows. The dairy can supply ice cream, butter, milk, cream and yoghurt.

Lovingly Artisan 

A small creative sourdough bakery based near Kendal, Lake District. The bakery last week scooped Retailer of the Year at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2024 as well as the Baker of the Year and North England Regional winner accolades.

The bakeries, situated in Kendal and at Altrincham Market, Manchester, were founded by renowned baker Aiden Monk.

They are run by Monk and his wife Catherine Connor.

Picture of a very happy baker, Aiden Monk and broadcaster Nigel Barden, after Lovingly Artisan Bakery scooped retailer of the year award at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2024.L-R: food and drink journalist and broadcaster Nigel Barden with Lovingly Artisan Bakery founder Aiden Monk.

Northern Wine 

Northern wine is an urban winery founded by Harry & Stacey. The couple travelled around the world making wine and decided to return to where Harry grew up and set-up a winery in Cumbria. The wines have minimal intervention.

Northern Wine bottles

Lake District Farmers 

Founded in 2009 by the late Ray Armstrong to facilitate a quality driven and sustainable supply chain for family-run fell farms in The Lake District.

Liam Fitzpatrick aka the Pickle Prince

Eager to promote and develop Britain’s food culture, Liam Fitzpatrick is the head chef of ‘Our Farm’ and is looking to change attitudes through foraging, preserving, and pickling, building his reputation as the Pickle Prince.

Zingi Bear 

An organic Switchel producer based in the Lake District. Founder Laurie is a trained cheesemaker and brewer. His mission was to produce a soft drink using natural and organic ingredients.

Picture of Zingi Beer

Cartmel

Cartmel is on the edge of the Lake District National Park, close to Morecambe Bay, known for its cockles. It is a pretty village with a rich heritage dating back to Medieval times.

The 12th Century Cartmel Priory is at the heart of the village that boosts a variety of independent shops, country pubs, cafes and restaurants.

It is also home to the infamous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding.

 

 

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