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Ryan Blackburn

Ryan Blackburn was born in Cumbria and has Cumbrian heritage running through his veins. As the third generation in his family to work in hospitality, he is passionate about the cuisine and produce of his local area. Before starting his own restaurant with his brother, Craig, Ryan worked in Restaurant Martin Wishart and was Head Chef at Cottage in the Wood in Whinlatter Forest, both well-respected restaurants in the UK. A highlight of his career was receiving a gleaming review from esteemed food critic, Jay Rayner. Since opening The Old Stamp House in 2014, Ryan’s focus has been on producing traditional Cumbrian dishes that are influenced by flavours from around the world and made using locally reared and grown produce.

Old Stamp House Restaurant

Ambleside, United Kingdom
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Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, The Old Stamp Houe is housed in the former office of William Wordsworth, the famous English poet who was the Westmorland Distributor of Stamps at the time. Opened in 2014 by brothers Ryan and Craig Blackburn, the restaurant showcases the food and cultural heritage of Cumbria and was recognised with its first Michelin star in 2019.

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