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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Crook Road, WINDERMERE, LA23 3NE

The Rosette award for this establishment has been suspended due to a change of chef. Reassessment will take place in due course under the new chef. In 1917 Joseph Cunliffe needed to escape the smog of Manchester after suffering lung damage during WWI, so he bought an Edwardian house in 22 acres of peaceful gardens, moors and woodland near Windermere. Apart from a blip when it left the family ownership for about 20 years, Gilpin Lodge is still run by the Cunliffes who are now well into their third decade of running the place as 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. As of April 2014 Alan O'Kane is the new man in the kitchen 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. You might open with hickory-smoked bone marrow with crispy kale and cep purée, or a dish that plays a riff on the textures of broccoli, turbocharged with Stichelton blue cheese and crispy cod cheeks. Follow on with grilled duck livers with beetroot and horseradish, parsnip 'bark' and veal jus, or two could share a platter of Cumbrian hogget roasted with black garlic, rosemary, sea salt and lemon . Dessert might bring forth baked lemon tart with milk mousse, or a superior take on bread and butter pudding. You're welcome to check out the 200 or so globetrotting bins in the walk-in wine cellar, and the staff run the show with charm and professionalism.

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

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Gordon Cartwright, Alan O'Kane
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

3 Course lunch from: £30.00
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £18.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

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
Nearest station: Windermere, Oxenholme

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