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Sharrow Bay

Howtown, Ullswater, Cumbria, CA10 2LZ
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.
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Other Details

  • 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

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Contact Details

Tel: 01768-486301
Address: Howtown, Ullswater, Cumbria, CA10 2LZ
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