Other restaurants in Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness

’Casual dining,’ is the modest way in which this Ambleside stablemate of Michelin starred The Old Stamp House talks about itself. The restaurant critic Grace Dent, however, was somewhat more effusive in a review in The Guardian in 2021.

’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’.

William Wordsworth’s old office - when Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland - is the setting for this Michelin starred restaurant, number one fine dining restaurant in the world in Trip Advisor’s 2021 Restaurant Awards. The same awards saw the restaurant take the top spot for the UK in the new ‘Date Night’ category.

Named Best Dining Experience in the UK and Ireland at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2022, a Michelin Plate awarded in 2021, three AA Rosettes for its restaurant and a head chef, Dan McGeorge, who was Champion of Champions on BBC Two’s Great British Menu in 2021. 

A large wood-fired grill in the middle of an open kitchen is the centrepiece of this stylish, 94 seat restaurant which overlooks the lake near Waterhead. All of the meat and much of the fish is cooked on the hardwood embers, ’making for a genuine wood-fired dining experience,’ says the Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa. 

Ocean liner glamour meets lakeside setting at this 80 seat restaurant at the Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa. Totally refurbished in early 2022, The W could just as easily stand for ‘wow’ as ‘Windermere’, what with its grandeur, size and elegant makeover. 

Named Hotel Restaurant of the Year at the Cumbria Food Awards 2022, Henrock was Simon Rogan’s first foray into the Lake District, the chef already well known for his restaurants down the road in Cartmel - L’Enclume (three Michelin stars), Rogan & Co (one star) and Aulis Cartmel.

‘Tucked away in the sleepy village of Crosthwaite, the Punch Bowl is one of Cumbria’s great treasures.’ So said the travel section of The Times of this 300 year old inn, a main entry in the 2021 editions of the Good Pub Guide and Good Hotel Guide and the Good Food Guide 2020 (there’s no 2021 edition). 

If Cumbria is the ‘food capital of the world’, then it’s probably a toss up between Ambleside and Cartmel as to which is the ‘food capital of Cumbria’. With its Michelin starred restaurant and several restaurants with Michelin Plates, Ambleside can make a good case for itself. But there are plenty of other places to consider as well.

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