Michelin star chef to open new Lake District venue

Former Forest Side head chef Kevin Tickle sitting in boot of his car.
Kevin Tickle to take-over The Crown Inn, Cumbria

Former head chef at The Forest Side Kevin Tickle has bought The Crown Coaching Inn on the edge of Cartmel Fell, High Newton.

HE plans to turn the 17th Century inn into a restaurant with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and foraging.

Former Forest Side head chef Kevin Tickle sitting in boot of his car.
Kevin Tickle to take-over The Crown Inn, Cumbria

Tickle gained The Forest Side a Michelin star within eight months of opening, followed by a four AA rosettes for culinary excellence.

Prior to The Forest side, he spent nine years working with Simon Rogan in Cartmel.

The move to open during the uncertainty of Covid19 was warmly welcomed as the site will see significant investment and new jobs created.

Tickle will run the venture ‘in the relatively untapped area of the Lake District’ with his wife, Nicola.

“The Crown is a great opportunity for us and I’m excited to take what we’ve learnt over the last 20 years and create our own dining destination. I’m passionate about the ingredients we have, literally on our doorstep, and can’t wait to get behind the stoves to create something interesting,” said Tickle.

“There’s a lot of work to do before we open, but we’re looking forward to building a great team and make a real success of The Crown.”

The Crown Inn is situated 20 minutes from Junction 36 off the M6. The emphasis is on quality food served in the slate flagged bar area and an interesting drinks selection.

Part-funding was obtained by Enterprise Answers.

“This was just the type of project we’re keen to support – one which offers local entrepreneurs the chance to build their business and attract people to the area, while creating jobs at the same time. We wish Kevin and Nicola all the best with their venture,” said Enterprise Answers chief executive Grahame Latus.

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