EYE ON THE FINISHING LINE
Rising star chef Tom Barnes will take the reins at Rogan & Co at the Races – an exclusive new pop up restaurant next to the final furlong at Cartmel Racecourse this summer.
Historic Cartmel Racecourse is the local track for Tom, from Barrow, who has made a name for himself as head chef of Simon Rogan’s Cartmel-based neighbourhood restaurant, the Michelin-starred Rogan & Co.
A lot of time and effort has gone in to creating a delicious menu using locally grown produce making sure everything has the freshest flavour. Tom will incorporate seasonal produce grown on Simon Rogan’s 12-acre organic farm in the Cartmel valley, Our Farm, for ultra-fresh flavours and low food miles.
Tom said: ‘It’s really important for us to use locally grown produce; not only does it reduce the carbon footprint but it also means we can use the freshest ingredients and have the best flavour.
A lot of time goes into putting together the menu, as we use seasonal produce so we have to think ahead to what will be ripe at the time.
‘We love using produce from the farm as we can pick vegetables in the morning and make them into a dish in the same day. You can’t beat that.’
The glass fronted pop up, which will showcase a Lake District-inspired interior, is set to further cement Cartmel’s position as a destination on the international food map.
Those who attend the races will be able to enjoy the thrill watching the races finish just yards from their table whilst enjoying delicious, seasonal and lake-inspired dishes. This is a new culinary experience for many to enjoy which will surely add an extra memorable element to their day.
Tom Barnes of Rogan & Co