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Lake Road Kitchen

Lake Road, AMBLESIDE, LA22 0AD

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The converted shop premises just off Ambleside's main street feature two broad windows that let passing strollers see what they are missing. James Cross styles the place a north European bistro, which gives some indication of his determination to work with the seasons and the climate, pickling and bottling for the winter months, foraging for summer berries and autumn mushrooms, as well as bringing in much fine Lakeland meat, supplemented by Cornish fish. The menu changes daily, and the hits just keep on coming. A spring meal opens with a vivid green stew of broad beans, peas and asparagus, including wild beach peas, while the colder end of autumn brings on a pair of scallops on tart apple purée dressed in dill oil. Butter-basted teal comes to table in the pan, the breast sliced on to an underlay of wild mushrooms, lingonberries and chard. In May, there may be flowering ramsons to garnish a serving of roast cod with razor clams and mash. Desserts mobilise excellent pastry work for a tarte fine of apple in calvados sauce, garnished with some of last winter's blackberries pickled in booze, or a buckwheat tart of sea buckthorn custard in shrill orange, topped with scorched meringue. Home-baked breads include an exemplary sourdough with crunchy dark crust, served with hand-churned whey butter.

Further information

Tel: 015394 22012
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Days closed: Mon-Tue
Dates closed: 31 Jan-12 Feb

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Northern European
Chef: James Cross
Number of seats: 28
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Children's portions.
No children under 12 yrs.



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From S, M6 junct 36, follow A590. Take A591 towards Kendal & Windermere. Through Windermere then 3m to Ambleside
Nearest station: Windermere

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