This excellent country house hotel (probably Britain's first as it opened in 1949) has marvellous views over the lake, and is a unbeatable destination for a romantic stay and an overnight stay.
Chef Colin Akrigg's menus offer a mixture of excellent local ingredients treated both in updated British ways and sometimes with a French twist. So expect the likes of 'Duck Foie Terrine with Spinach'; 'Leek & Truffle Soup' and 'Sautéed Tuna on Nicoise Salad' among the starters.
Perhaps the likes of 'Best End of Neck of Lamb with a Herb Crust'; 'Noisette of Venison with Braised Red Cabbage and a Brandy & Port Sauce' and 'Fillet of Brill with Shrimp Risotto, Tortellini of Crab & Scallop, Buttered Spinach & Noilly Prat Sauce' listed amongst the mains.
Desserts, such as 'Fig Tart with Goats' Cheese & Rosemary Ice Cream' and 'Seasonal Berries in Cassis Jelly' maintain the high standard, and are joined by ever-present 'Sticky Toffee Pudding' which they have justifiable claims to have invented.
Vegetarians have their own menu, but give them an adequate warning to receive the full treatment.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; set L Mon-Fri from £65 (3 courses); set L Sun £45 (4 courses); Tasting Menu £95 (10 courses)
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.00); set D from £65 to £95 (Tasting Menu)
- Seats: 50, plus 20 outside
- Wine: an excellent wine list, has user-friendly descriptions and kicks off in the mid £20's, plus a good selection by the glass
- Children's portions: No, and no children under 13
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory & some bedrooms
- Nearest station: Penrith Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: enquire about Christmas opening
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available