This comfortable hotel holds a modern, vibrant, restaurant - far removed from British hotels of times past - so certainly worth a visit in it's own right.
You will also be able to enjoy splendid views of the lake seen from the extreme northern end.
The kitchen offers a seasonally-changing menu, based around locally-produced produce - and including some regional specialities.
An early Spring version listed 'Thornby Moor Cumberland Oak Smoked Soufflé with Rocket Salad'; 'Smoked Potted Shrimps with Homemade Toast'; 'Cumbrian Fell Bred Beef Carpaccio with Caper & Parmesan Salad' and 'Rock Oysters with Trio of Hawkshead Relish Dressings' amongst the starters.
'Braised Blade of Cumbrian Beef with Creamed Potatoes, Celeriac Purée, Wilted Greens, Cumbrian Pancetta & Baby Onion Jus'; 'Beer Battered Haddock with Chunky Chips, Pea Puré, Tartare or Curry Sauce'; 'Trio of Herdwick Lamb - roast rack, rump & herb-crusted braised shoulder - with garlic infused mash potatoes, beetroot purée, kale & olive jus'; 'Pan-Seared Venison Steak with Fondant Potato, Wilted Spinach, Squash Purée, Hawkshead Relish and Damson & Basil Jus' and 'Waterhead Flatbread - topped with tomatoes, garlic, peppers, courgettes, rosemary, thyme, Crofton cheese, oregano, rocket salad with roast tomato & thyme foam' - plus Burgers and Steaks from the Grill on the list of mains.
Puds, such as 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Cool Cow Sticky Toffee Ice Cream' and 'Grasmere Gingerbread Cheesecake with Gingerbread Ice Cream' complete the picture.
The Bar area and Terrace offers an all-day menu, and you can eat whilst watching the views of the lake and the historic steamers dropping passengers off at the jetties opposite.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all day light dishes
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.30; mains about £15 to £26
- Seats: 70
- Wine: a well-chosen list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Windermere Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes, Pay & Display nearby
- Closed: L Mon-Sat; open for residents only over Christmas
- Outside eating
- Rooms available