18 restaurants in Windermere
Restaurants in Windermere:
Langdale Chase, Windermere, LA23 1LW [Map]
Amongst all the many pretty splendid hotels in the Lake District, there are few to match the Langdale Chase. Completed by the turn of the last century it became a hotel in 1930 and has been attracting the discerning ever since. The dining room has scenic views across Lake Windermere with a breadth of view that matches the menus.
Proceedings commence with an amuse bouche, followed by starters that could include a coarse pork pate with a parsley, dill and caper sauce, an assiette of seafood with crab and herb mousse, smoked mackerel, Morecambe Bay shrimps, salmon tartar and Bradan rost, or a Tuna Caesar salad.
For main courses keep an eye open for the trio of Mansergh Hall lamb, a compilation of roast loin, sauté kidney and cutlet of lamb served with a cassolet of pulses and confit of garlic complemented by a rosemary redcurrant lamb juice, or perhaps the tournedos of beef with wild mushrooms, charred foie gras and a red wine shallot jus.
Puddings follow the same pattern with a dark hot chocolate gateau offering no escape at all lest it be the milk chocolate, flavoured with dark rum, with a chilled poached pear and cinnamon infused anglaise sauce. The petits fours served with the coffee are works of art, and when I say served I do mean service as it should be, both then and throughout the meal.
Bridge Lane, Troutbeck, nr Windermere, LA23 1LA [Map]
A sweeping driveway, seven acres of landscaped grounds, sounds of the quietly gurgling river nearby, inglenook fireplaces and period furniture, the Broadoaks Country House is the kind of place to drop by when you feel the need to listen to your body and take a break. And yes, the standards have not been compromised here, and as a result the 5 star Guest Accommodation rating from the AA and a Michelin recommended kitchen really say something.
The daily changing carte might start with naturally smoked Cartmel haddock poached in a cream, white wine and black grape sauce, and spicy tomato and basil soup. Mains are well selected too, chicken breast fillet served on savoury couscous with a Thai spiced coconut milk sauce and stir fried vegetables, and a 5oz Aberdeen Angus fillet with a choice of traditional stock gravy or au poivre or Diane sauces.
When not relaxing in one of the beautifully designed bedrooms at Broadoaks, you could also spend time trekking, fishing or clay pigeon shooting nearby.
Crook Road, Windermere, LA23 3NE [Map]
There are 20 acres of gardens, moors and woodland that surround this lovely hotel and it is ideally situated for someone looking for a comfortable base from which to spend time in the Lakes, confident that the inner man will be cosseted and cherished. Their restaurant holds three AA rosettes and numerous other awards which prove their competence admirably. Under head chef Russel Plowman, the cuisine is modern English with an emphasis on the finest ingredients.
A ballotine of organic salmon with horseradish and potato mousse and beetroot salad makes an interesting starting. The roasted sirloin of Cumbrian native beef bordelaise and red wine shallots to follow is excellent and the pistachio crème brûlée with vanilla ice cream is immensely appealing. The drinks list features more than 200 wines from thirteen countries with some remarkable house wines that offer great value. Owned and run by the Cunliffe family since 1987, this romantic Lakeland retreat has some luxurious accommodation if you should wish to stay.
College Road, Windermere, LA23 1BX [Map]
Inhabitants and visitors to the Lake District are blessed with a great choice of excellent restaurants, and none exemplify this more than Jerichos. Set up by chef Chris Blaydes, a member of the Master Chefs of Great Britain and formerly of Miller Howe just down the road, with his wife Jo in 1997, it has consistently received praise from both its customers and the major food guides.
The style of their cuisine is quite straightforward and draws on local seasonal produce wherever possible, treated in a sympathetic and complimentary manner. Quality dishes could include chicken and duck liver parfait with mango chutney or goat's cheese pannacotta with home produced gravadlax. Good wine list - with very sensible mark-ups encouraging the consumption of better bottles. No children under 12 years.
Holbeck Lane, Windermere, LA23 1LU [Map]
English, French, Modern British
Newby Bridge Road, Windermere, LA23 3LR [Map]
Situated on the hillside on the eastern bank of Lake Windermere, The Beech Hill Hotel is an ideal destination for those who'd like to reconnect with nature and the eye-soothing vistas provide respite from the bustle of city life and pressures of modern living. And if you're looking for some fantastic food in a convivial setting, the 2 AA Rosette award winning Burlington's Restaurant is worth noting.
Scan the ingredients and you'd notice the kitchen making the best use of the rich produce from the farmlands of Cumbria. A Formby asparagus and hot smoked salmon cocktail could be a sign of the season but it's also good to encounter a Cumbrian 'deli' of confit of poussin, grilled pork belly and veal noisette. Next it could be a Fell-bred beef fillet, or grilled sea bass with wild mushrooms, butterbean puree and walnut aiolade.
On Saturday evenings guests could relax and enjoy their meal whilst listening to a jazz quartet or pianist.
Ambleside Road, Windermere, LA23 1LR [Map]
The Samling, a jewel in the Tom Maxfield crown of companies, was built in 1780 by a Mr Edward Thorneycroft and now offers discreet comfort to the cognoscenti. With remarkable views over the surrounding Lake District this is a place where hospitality reigns supreme. The dining room, if anything, is understated but offers ample space for seven tables.
Two menus are of interest to this review, the gourmand and the dinner. The former attracts unstinted admiration and could consist of a salad of Iberico ham, pan-fried, line-caught sea bass with a tomato and red pepper bouillon and saffron potatoes. For pudding the poached figs with spicy caramel crust, yoghurt cream and spiced trails seems to strike the right note.
The slightly humbler dinner menu has the benefit of offering a wider choice, some of which are included in the gourmand menu, so presumably a question of size, and a starter could be roasted breast of quail and oven-dried grapes with sautéed wild mushrooms, followed by chargilled loin of veal with a caramelised sweetbread and woodland herb risotto.
The interestingly named redesigned tiramisu might possibly get the runaround in favour of the ginger cream with lychee sorbet and a poached nectarine.
The wine list is almost as breathtaking as the views, with seven quality house wines by the glass for £5-£6 each, and there is no doubting its global scope. Watch out for the "Something Different" section which yields some interesting scoops. The award of a Michelin Star in 2005 confirms what the cognoscenti have known for some time about The Samling.
Rayrigg Road, Windermere, LA23 1EY [Map]
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