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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Crook Road, WINDERMERE, LA23 3NE

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This Edwardian house in 22 acres of peaceful gardens, moors and woodland near Windermere is the very essence of a tranquil and luxurious getaway. Gilpin Lodge has been run by the Cunliffes since 1988, when they turned the place into a country-house hotel done out with a good deal of style and not an iota of chintz. Its original features (built in 1901) remain, but the impression within is of timeless contemporary luxury and comfort. There's also Lake House a short drive away in its own 100 acres, which offers six more beautiful bedrooms, a lakeside vista and spa. After his moment in the TV limelight when he won BBC 2's Chefs on Trial, Hrishikesh Desai is the new man directing the kitchen's efforts and eating here remains, as ever, a highlight of a stay. The cooking is thrillingly contemporary, but clearly focused at the same time. There are plenty of creative ideas and preparations on show, everything looks wonderful on the plate, and the ingredients are second to none. Sea-fresh Kyle of Lochalsh scallops with crisp haddock brandade fritters, saffron-scented pickled carrots, and tomato and cumin vinaigrette is a storming opener, followed by an uncontroversial main course full of the joys of Spring: tender, pink new season lamb loin with a shepherd's pie of rich minced lamb served in a potato skin and supported by asparagus, wild garlic, crushed peas and broad beans. For pudding, gin and tonic sorbet and blackberry coulis (the latter poured in at the table) are the accompaniments to an exemplary blackberry soufflé. You're welcome to check out the globetrotting bins in the walk-in wine cellar, and the staff run the show with charm and professionalism.

Further information

Tel: 015394 88818
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Hrishikesh Desai
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 7 yrs.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £13.00
Sunday lunch: £35.00-£40.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere
  • Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere
  • Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere


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M6 junct 36 take A590/A591 to rdbt N of Kendal, then B5284 for 5m, Gilpin is on right
Nearest station: Windermere, Oxenholme

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