Cedar Tree Restaurant by Hrishikesh Desai

“Interesting, stylish dishes from one of Cumbria’s best chefs.” - AA Inspector



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Joseph Walter and Kathy Mares bought the lovely Farlam Hall in 2019 after more than twenty years of visits. They’ve spent the last couple of years working on the refurbishment of this delightful building, mostly 19th century but with a history dating back to 1428. It’s a deeply comfortable place, elegantly decorated in greys and silvers, and set in landscaped Victorian gardens complete with an ornamental lake and stream. The restaurant is a light and welcoming area, with high ceilings and impressive opulent touches. Chef Hrishikesh Desai arrived here in February 2023 and is busy putting his stamp on the place, producing imaginative and elegant modern dishes with a slight French accent in the style and techniques – this is precise, efficient cooking. From an elegant starter of Yorkshire rhubarb with duck liver parfait – a delicate sphere of parfait coated in a layer of rhubarb jelly with a fascinating rhubarb and jalapeño compôte – to a wonderfully presented loin of Skrei cod with a neat crab and salmon spaghetti timbale. The food here is thoughtful, interesting and often surprising.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Cedar Tree Restaurant by Hrishikesh Desai
Hallbankgate, BRAMPTON, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA8 2NG


  • Seats: 26
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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