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My Town With Paul Burgalières, Head Chef of L’Enclume – The Lake District

Originally from Limoges, France, Paul Burgalières, the head chef at Simon Rogan’s prestigious three-Michelin-starred restaurant L’Enclume, now considers the Lake District his beloved adopted home. Having lived in the area for six years now, Paul gives the run down on The Lake District.

Tell us about the area that you live in and why you chose to make it your home

There is something special about The Lake District and being surrounded by stunning nature. I’ve always been an outdoorsy person and love walking, cold water swimming, climbing etc. Before coming to The Lakes I was living in Copenhagen and when I got the chance to meet Simon, see L’Enclume and the nearby countryside, it was an easy decision – I’ve been here for six years now.

clouds over mountains and trees with bridge above river in town

Where are your favourite places to eat and shop?

Being a Frenchman, bakeries and pastries are the way to my heart. Lovingly Artisan in Kendal makes delicious bread and is owned by a lovely couple. For meat, Rob who owns Roast Mutton in Kendal is my go to. All the meat he sells is from The Lakes and he’s very knowledgeable and passionate. When my partner and I have days off and go bouldering, cycling or climbing we always stop off at More? Bakery to get a coffee and cake before we start.

How would you spend a perfect day in your town?

Having a quiet day outside (the opposite to my days in the kitchen!). If the sun is shining I’ll be outside all day as I love fresh air after cooking inside. The North Lakes are less touristy so I will often head up to them for a walk or cycle.

Paul Burgalières – Image Credit: Nina K Claridge

What is your favourite thing about your town?

The array of outdoor activities I can do on my doorstep, and the fact that I can be surrounded by nature with nothing else around within five minutes of my house. 

Any other local insider secrets we should know about?

I can’t tell secrets! I discover new amazing places all the time but recently I have been loving the west coast. Its beauty surprised me the first time I went. It’s a hidden gem and mostly unknown area of Cumbria as it doesn’t have any lakes, but it’s incredible and I can’t wait to have a family day out there this summer. 

small village on shore of lake surrounded by trees

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Main image credit: Nina K Claridge.

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