A country house hotel, with an excellent restaurant, set in delightful gardens. There are four dining rooms - each with its own atmosphere, but each with antique furnishings and white damask napery. As much food as possible is locally-sourced - and set menu's being the norm.
Expect the likes of 'Carrot and Cumin Soup'; 'Vodka-Cured Salmon with Dill and Grain Mustard'; 'Crab Ravioli with a Crab and Lemongrass-flavoured Bisque' or 'Pan-Fried Scallops with Fennel Purée and Ginger Cream' to be amongst the starters.
Perhaps 'Sea Bass with Aubergine Caviar'; 'Herdwick Lamb with Potato Fondant, Confit Swede, Shallot Purée and Rosemary Jus'; 'Guinea Fowl' (treated in various ways) or 'Roast Pheasant with Pheasant Leg Pie and Sauerkraut' among the mains.
Finish with the likes of 'Tart Tatin with home-made Vanilla Ice Cream'.
Lunches are slightly less complicated. For those staying the night, breakfast is a real treat.
A vegetarian menu is also available, and there are also 'light' options.
No mobile phones. No children under seven.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, mains from £12; Mon-Sat; Set L from £30, Set L Sun £35. There's a light lunch menu also available
- Dinner: all week; Set D £58 (5 courses); mains about £15 to £20; Tasting Menu £85 (6 courses)
- Seats: 65, plus 30 outside
- Wine: A large, and well-thought-out wine list, kicks off at around the £30 mark, and offers over a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: No, and no children under 7
- Wheelchair access: (Yes (but not lavatory)
- Nearest station: Windermere Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - or leave the M6 at junction 36 onto the A590, then turn onto the B5284 and drive for 5 miles.
- Parking: Park
- Outside eating
- Rooms available