Simon Rogan

Simon Rogan

Simon Rogan

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Dedicated to being the very best of British, Simon’s flagship restaurant serves food that is exclusively sourced from the north west of England, highlighting ‘our philosophy of trying to use everything around us, from food and staff to furniture'. Such dishes could include venison leg cooked in hay with roast celeriac and braised red cabbage, or hake fillet with golden beet and radish salad.

At the heart of this local philosophy is Simon’s farm (called 'Our Farm'), which supplies over ninety percent of the kitchen’s produce, located near the restaurant in Cumbria’s beautiful Cartmel Valley. Here he grows a fascinating range of unusual and exciting ingredients – all produced organically, to his exacting specifications – such as Japanese wineberries, elkhorn fern and buckshorn plantain. With harvest to plate often taking place in less than an hour, the quality and freshness is stunning. Wild edibles are still an important area of supply, however, and herbs and flowers such as lovage, calamint and elderflower are sourced by his impressive foraging operation. Our chefs have learnt to understand exactly what can be achieved by using produce that has been grown, nurtured and foraged in the natural environment that surrounds many of our restaurants.’ His Great British Menu-winning dessert of Poached pears, atsina cress snow, sweet cheese ice cream and rosehip syrup, which was successful in the 2012 series, is an excellent example of this fantastic use of England’s natural bounty.

A huge amount of work is involved in his technical, experimental plates – all of which are perfected in Simon’s dedicated development kitchen Aulis, found next to the main restaurant. Equipped with every cutting-edge gadget available to the world of food and cooking, the kitchen is staffed by his trusted farmer/food scientist/chef employees and serves all of his enterprises. Although inspiration comes from many sources, the seasons and available ingredients remain the focus – if they can’t use something straight away, it is preserved for future plates.

In 2008 he opened Rogan & Co, an informal restaurant and bar only a few yards away from L’Enclume which won a Michelin star in 2018. In 2011 came Roganic, his organic ‘pop-up’ in London, which although also showcased the best of British, local and seasonal was a little more relaxed and cosmopolitan than the offerings at L’Enclume. It closed in 2013.

In 2013 he took over management of The French at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, offering tasting menus featuring his precise, meticulously thought-out creations, such as smoked Maran yolk with yellow turnip, truffle and mushroom broth, Butter-poached hake with salt-baked abalone, leeks and cockles, and Baked quince with bay leaf, ginger biscuit and brown butter ice cream. A further Simon Rogan restaurant, Mr Cooper’s House and Garden, opened at the same venue in 2015. This 200-cover, brasserie-style eatery offered a more internationally inflected menu with small plates and à la carte dishes such as Buttermilk fried oyster with kimchee purée, pear and pickled fennel, roasted sweetheart cabbage steaks with teriyaki sauce, grated Wiltshire truffles and hot wasabi mayonnaise, and chilled lemongrass soup with green tea wafers and coconut sorbet.

In 2014 he took over the menus at Fera, in Claridge’s, London. Offering food of the same ambition as L’Enclume but without any repetition of particular dishes, tasting plates include fresh buttermilk curds and watercress, pickled kohlrabi, tantan lettuce and cobnuts. The restaurant was awarded one Michelin star in the 2015 guide.

In both the 2014 and 2015 Good Food Guides, L’Enclume was named the best restaurant in Britain, edging out revered competitors such as Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. With this accolade, Simon Rogan was marked out as the best chef in Britain, a chef dedicated to the incredible but undervalued abundance of British farms and forests. His astonishingly complex, painstakingly developed dishes dazzle in every endeavour he turns his hand to and he continues to achieve and push the boundaries at the very top of British cuisine.

In 2017 Simon parted ways with The French and Fera to focus on his own independent restaurants. Later that year he opened Aulis London, an exclusive eight-seater chef's table and development kitchen, and in early 2018 he reopened Roganic as a permanent site in Marylebone, winning a Michelin star until it closed again in 2020. Next came Henrock, in the Lake District, which is a more informal restaurant but still full of the classic Rogan style. All of Simon's restaurants make the most of the produce harvested from Our Farm, and he works with the best suppliers in the country. There's even outposts of Aulis and Roganic in Hong Kong. There's no question that Simon's farm to fork approach has changed gastronomy in the UK – and beyond.

Three things you need to know

As well as his many restaurants in the UK, Simon also has two restaurants in Hong Kong.

Though Simon has built his reputation on precise, technically impressive cuisine, when it comes to eating dinner, he has a soft spot for a good curry.

As well as being a huge influence on his career, Jean-Christophe Novelli is also the godfather of Simon's children.



Cavendish Street, Cartmel Nr Grange over Sands, Cumbria, LA11 6PZ
<p>Simon Rogan's L’Enclume continues to evolve, and the brilliance and adventure of the food at this Lake District restaurant is now world-renowned.</p>
Rogan & Co

Rogan & Co

Devonshire Square, Cartmel, Cumbria, LA11 6QD
Round the corner from Simon Rogan’s two-starred flagship L’Enclume, Rogan & Co is a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant making the most of Lake District produce.


16a St Anne's Court, London, W1F 0BF
<p>Giving diners an intimate dining experience through a multiple-course tasting menu, Aulis is Simon Rogan’s eight-seater chef’s table situated in the heart of London’s West End.</p>


Crook Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Kendal, LA23 3JA
An 'informally elegant' setting from lauded chef Simon Rogan, Henrock at Linthwaite House Hotel offers the chance to experience his signature style next to Lake Windermere.

Simon Rogan's restaurants

  • L’Enclume
  • Rogan & Co
  • Aulis
  • Henrock