An excellent restaurant/hotel situated in a 19th century stone-built house, which was formerly a hunting lodge, there are splendid views overlooking Lake Windermere.
Expect the likes of 'Scallops with Celeriac and Balsamic dressing'; 'Rabbit Rillettes on Crostini, with Truffle Vinaigrette, Anchovies and Green Beans'; Salt Cod Pannacotta with Pickled Vegetables & Salmon Beignets'; 'Boudin Blanc with Sautéed Langoustines & Chorizo Foam' or 'Ravioli of Veal Sweetbreads with Asparagus and Morels' among the starters.
'Loin of Venison with a Juniper-flavoured jus'; 'Crisp-skinned Roast Sea Bass with Aubergine 'Caviar' and Red Pesto'; 'Poulet de Bresse with Truffled Risotto & Cep Purée'; 'Roasted Brill with Apple, Potato, Celery & Cider Foam' or 'Roast Squab Pigeon with Cabbage Confit and Madeira Sauce'.
To finish, perhaps 'Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce'; 'Crème Brulée with Apple Sorbet and a Cider Sauce'; 'Assiette of Lemon' or a 'Pear and Praline Parfait with Nougat Glacé'. There are also British and French cheeses in peak condition. Service is helpful, friendly and professional.
Vegetarians have their own men, and a lighter menu is also available.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-14.00; Set L from £30 (2 courses); mains about £17 to £25
- Dinner: all week, 19.00-21.30; set D from £68; Gourmet Menu £88
- Seats: 40, plus 30 outside
- Wine: An impressive, mostly French list, kicks off in the low £30's
- Children's portions: No children under 8
- Wheelchair access: Yes (including lavatory)
- Nearest station: Windermere Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - 3 miles North of Windermere on the A591, past the Brockhole Visitor Centre
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: Ist two weeks Jan.
- Outside eating
- Rooms available