An excellent country house hotel/restaurant set in what was built as a private house in the late 18th century. The setting, surrounded by its own woodlands and landscaped gardens - and with splendid views over the lake - is hard to beat.
The kitchen produces delicious food from mainly local produce, and the list of ingredients should satisfy the most adventurous.
Perhaps start with 'Shetland Langoustines with Compressed Nectarine, Confit of Cherry Tomatoes, Tarragon & Sweet Wine'; 'Cartmel Quail with Ravioli of Prawn & Quail, Mango & Brown Shrimps with Soy-Roasted Seeds' or 'Foie Gras Ribbons with Poached Lobster, Chicory Jam & Coconut' and 'Atlantic Mackerel with Blowtorch Melon, Oyster Ceviche & Wasabi Vinaigrette .
With maybe 'Lake District Rib Eye, Snail Cigar with Parsley Bon Bon, Shallot Marmalade & White Onion Royale'; 'Line-Caught Stone Bass with Avocado Mousse with Fennel Jam, Roast Octopus, Lobster & Ginger Bisque'; 'Roast Grouse Breast with Confit Leg, Buttered Cabbage, Roasted Beetroot & Peppered Foie Gras' and 'Pan-Fried Turbot with Squid Pearls, Sea Vegetables & Asian Broth' to follow.
Many of the desserts have a modern twist, such as 'Butternut Squash & Dark Chocolate Tart with Passion Fruit Curd & Mngo Sorbet' and 'Sloe Gin Brulée with Lemon Verbena, Blackberries, Garibaldi Biscuit & Damson Ice Cream'. Whilst cheeselovers have a selection of British & European varieties to tempt them.
No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-14.00; set L £25 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week; 19.00-21.30; set D £50 (5 courses); Tasting Menu £65 (7 courses)
- Seats: 20
- Wine: an impressive list has firm mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Windermere Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check about Christmas openings
- Rooms available