Log in or register
My AA Account

Sign in to see your cover and request assistance online

Log in

Don’t have a My AA account?

You’ll need your policy or membership number

Create an account

Your Finances

Loans | Savings | Credit Cards

Your Driving Lessons

Book a lesson

80019 1

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

AA rating

About this rating

Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

Read more about AA ratings and awards

Dynamic contemporary cooking in fabulous family-run hotel

AA Inspector

At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Built as a modest enough country house at the outset of the Edwardian era, Gilpin has been in the Cunliffe family since just after the Great War. Its stunning location above Windermere may take a little finding among the winding lanes hereabouts, but persistence is amply rewarded, for it is now a luxurious Lakeland hotel in 22 acres, , with fresh flowers and candlelight creating a refined atmosphere in all three dining rooms. Attentive, flawless service keeps things running smoothly out front, and the rest is up to Hrishikesh Desai, who comes with today's indispensable imprimatur of having won a TV cookery contest. His cooking is replete with technical skills, depth of flavour and clean, seductive presentation. Things take flight on the dinner menu, opening unexpectedly perhaps with a poached fillet of rose veal alongside its glazed sweetbreads, as well as smoked celeriac puree, tomato and pine nut salsa and an emulsion mustard dressing. Chilli-glazed poached lobster comes in a stunning composition with a fritter of the claw, avocado mousse, citrus and tobiko roe. Sticking with seafood, you might progress to expertly timed turbot with brown shrimps, hand-rolled macaroni and baby artichokes in an emulsified truffle dressing, but consider also roast Goosnargh duck, its leg meat in a spring roll, with an Indian-inflected chutney sauce of apple, ginger and sultanas. Everything makes a strong visual impression, and the matchless balancing of flavours speaks of ebullient confidence. The finishing flourish might be feather light almond and citrus cake with blood orange textures and bitter almond ice cream, or baked passionfruit cream with tarragon jelly, glazed raspberries and yogurt and black pepper sorbet. Canapés, appetisers and breads are all up to the mark, and there are some expertly chosen wines to conjure with.

Also at this location

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Saturday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef: Hrishikesh Desai

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 6
  • Wines over £30: 181
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20

Getting here

M6 junction 36 take A590/A591 to roundabout north of Kendal, then B5284 for 5 miles, Gilpin is on right

Use the AA Route Planner

Nearest train station

Windermere, Oxenholme
Contact the establishment
Press to call
Tell us about your visit

Thank you for your feedback