On the day we visited, the bistro was a hive of activity and buzzing with energy, making it apparent that the bistro has become both a destination for tourists and locals who are looking for sensational cuisine in a modern setting.
The bistro is open from 11:00 am-8:30 pm, with a variety of menus for diners to choose from including the all day menu (11:00 am - 5:00 pm), afternoon tea (3:00 pm-5:00 pm) and the supper menu (5:30 pm-8:30 pm).
For our starters we indulged in the Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, (the most amazingly decadent soup I've EVER had) and the potted salmon with cucumber and taragon (a bit unusual, but nicely presented).
The Jerusalem artichoke soup, which was drizzled with truffle oil and served with fresh, crusty bread, probably had about 10,000 calories in it, but for its sheer tastiness factor, it's worth every calorie. I was so impressed by the soup that I asked the chef to share his secret recipe, so I could attempt to recreate the soup at home.
Mains included the grilled plaice with brown shrimp butter sauce (very rich and heavy on the garlic), served with artfully whipped mashed potatoes and purple sea kale (which injected a lovely pop of colour to the overall presentation). We also had the wild mushroom pappardelle, which for me stole the show with its rich, earthy flavours.
For the finale to our meal, we shared the lemon meringue tart, which was served with The Lakes Gin ice cream. The pastry was light and perfectly cooked and the citrus flavours with a long finish of crisp gin, really came through. It was definitely the perfect end to an amazing meal.
Bistro at the Distillery offers a daily changing Fixed Price Lunch menu (£16.95 for 2 courses or £19.95 for 3 courses).