Ambleside. Lake Road Kitchen

’One of the best and boldest restaurants in the UK,’ pronounced the National Restaurant Awards 2021, its praise echoing earlier sentiments of the Good Food Guide which stated that the kitchen here had become ‘in a few short years, one of the area’s outstanding go-to destinations’. 

The National Restaurant Awards placed Lake Road Kitchen 78 out of 100 in the country, the Good Food Guide put it at number 26 in its list of the top 50 restaurants in the UK and then in 2022, Harden’s guide included Lake Road Kitchen in its top 100 restaurants in the UK.

The guide put it at number 26 in its list of the top 50 restaurants in the UK while in 2022, Harden’s guide included Lake Road Kitchen in its top 100 restaurants in the UK.

‘Championing flavour and technique’, the 20-cover restaurant offers two main menus of eight and 12 servings plus a pescatarian 12 serving menu and a vegetarian, vegan and gluten or dairy free eight serving menu. Wine pairings are available. The menu changes often.

Expect to see dishes such as fried guinea fowl; smoked North Sea Halibut with burrata (mozzarella and cream) and beetroot: Galician octopus with Peruvian chilli and pine; steamed Norwegian cod with scallop vinaigrette; and BBQ Saddleback pork chop.  

James Cross opened Lake Road Kitchen in 2014, his cooking ‘some of the most innovative and accomplished in the UK,’ said the National Restaurant Awards. ’Deeply rooted in Lakeland but stellar in any context,’ was the Good Food Guide’s verdict in 2017, a year after naming it Best New Restaurant Entry

In 2021 it was a nominee for Best Restaurant in the GQ Food and Drink Awards. It has three AA Rosettes for the quality of the food. 

As for James’ CV, he worked at La Pergola in Rome and Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York (both with three Michelin stars) before opening two years at Noma in Copenhagen. Noma itself was voted ‘World’s Best Restaurant’ in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2021. 

Lake Road Kitchen, Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0AD: 015394 22012, www.lakeroadkitchen.co.uk Open Wed-Sun, dinner only.

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