It would be hard to beat the lakeside setting of this good restaurant - suitable for the smartest of occasions.
The kitchen offers a contemporary menu, based around seasonal local produce, a winter snapshot bringing 'Citrus-Glazed Mackerel with Escabèche Vegetables, Almond & Parmesan Crumb & Sardine Chantilly'; 'Pan-Seared Scallops with Butternut Squash Purée, Shallot Chutney, Apple Salsa, Candied Walnuts & Olive Oil Foam'; 'Poached Pigeon Breast with Celeriac Rémoulade, Red Wine Jelly. Air-Dried Ham & Pigeon Jus' and 'Goats Cheese Roulade with Balsamic Syrup, Parmesan Crisp & Marinated Tomatoes' on the listed starters.
'Pan-Fried Red Mullet with Saffron Potatoes, Braised Fennel, Samphire, Orange & Tomato Dressing & Black Olive Dust'; 'Herb-Crusted Plaice Fillet with Pancetta, Broad Bean & Pea Fricasée & Clam Velouté'; 'Glazed Pork Belly with Haricot Beans, Peppered Apple Purée, Shitake Mushrooms, Spiced Broth & Pork Crackers'; Tasting of Lamb - chop, sweetbread, confit belly, braised shoulder - with Curried Sweet Potato Purée & Glazed Red Cabbage' and 'Aubergine Canneloni, Ratatouille. Rissole Potatoes and Tomato & Caper Emulsion' were listed amongst the mains.
Vegetarians have their own menu, with further options.
Desserts pay equal attention to detail, with perhaps 'Coconut Pannacotta with Tropical Fruit, Pinapple Smoothie & Mango Sorbet'; 'Chocolate Delice - mousse, soil, honeycomb & ice cream' and 'Assiette of Lemon - posset, glazed tart, meringur sandwich & sorbet' there to tempt you.
A smart-casual dress code - including no jeans or trainers applies to both lunch & dinner.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: L Sun 12.30-14.00; set L £19.50 (2 courses), £26.50 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.00; set D £52 (5 courses, plus canapés & coffee); Tasting Menu £65 (9 courses); mains about £20 to £28
- Seats: 80
- Wine: an impressive list kicks off in the mis £20's
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Windermere Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L Mon-Sat
- Rooms available