Monday, 19 April 2010

The Windermere Restaurant, Lake District

After Easter we took ourselves for a mini break to the Lake District where we stayed in the Low Wood Hotel that is situated on the north shore of Lake Windermere, near Ambleside. I understand now why so many people choose to go to 'The Lakes' for holidays. It's so relaxing and beautiful out there that you would just want to go back.
  This hotel is hilarious: the location could not be any better and it has somehow got four stars, browsing through their website you see images of this modern, chic hotel but in reality the rooms and leisure club are quite small, basic and dated. Their main restaurant, The Windermere Restaurant, bar and reception area are done up really nicely and don't somehow fit in with the rest.
I liked the tasteful decor of the restaurant quite a bit, lots of dark wood, high ceilings and windows, contemporary art scattered on the walls.
We both had high hopes that dinner in here would be really nice...
I had smoked haddock and gruyere cheese fish cakes with watercress, tartar sauce and quail eggs for starter and enjoyed it, so far so good.
Our pan-seared Goosnarch cornfed chicken breast, cassoulet of chorizo and beans with butter bean puree arrived after a long wait and we had to send them back as there was no chorizo on the plate, oops. Our waiter was genuinely apologetic and we had new plates in front of us in minutes.
Sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream, can never go wrong with this pudding! After our first dinner experience I was actually nervous for next nights dinner, but to our relief it went a lot smoother with no major hiccups. We both ended up having excellent burgers but the service was still painfully slow and strangely disorganized. I hope that they will get their problems sorted and bedrooms re-decorated as this could be a really special hotel.
staff that tried their best

really superb burgers

sophisticated decor

Ambleside Rd, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LP - 015394 33338

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