Ex-Marcus Wareing chefs quit London for first solo kitchen venture

Cassie and Jake White, Pentonbridge Inn

Husband and wife chef duo Jake and Cassie White are aiming to shake up Cumbria’s dining scene with the launch of Pentonbridge Inn, a pub with rooms, located 17 miles north of Carlisle.

Hot-footing it from the pass and pastry at two Michelin starred restaurant, Marcus at The Berkeley in London, where they were head chef and pastry chef respectively, the duo are now going it alone for the first time.

As well as working under Marcus Wareing, Cassie also spent time at Hélène Darroze’s eponymous two Michelin starred restaurant at The Connaught and prior to that they both worked for Tom Aikens, as well as a variety of establishments in England and Australia.

Pentonbridge Inn is their first joint venture where they will both head up the kitchen.

Located in the small Cumbrian hamlet of Penton, Pentonbridge Inn, which offers nine luxurious rooms, will open officially in September, having been extensively refurbished from its previous incarnation, The Bridge Inn.

The inn will comprise a main dining room with 45 covers, a separate pub area and conservatory. Guests visiting the dining room can choose from a selection of two tasting menus of five or seven courses prepared in the venue’s open kitchen.

Dishes will be served personally by the chefs bringing an interactive experience to the dining and allowing customers to chat and interact directly with the person preparing their food.

Jake said: “We’ve loved our time at the heart of London’s culinary scene but this opportunity to create something truly special is an opportunity we’ve leapt at. For me this is a return to my native north of England and the chance to add something unique to an internationally-renowned food destination. Pentonbridge Inn will be a real showcase of the passion we feel for the food of the area and something we’re sure will be enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.”

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