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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.

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Northern European seasonal food that rings the daily changes

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Wines by the glass

Nordic sensibilities are a clear driver behind this foodie beacon just off Ambleside's main street, from the stark simplicity of its Scandi-style pine plank walls and bare tables to chef-patron James Cross’s fervour for pickling, foraging and fermenting, as well as sourcing pedigree Lakeland meat and fine northern European seafood. The five- and eight-course menus change daily, and the self-styled ‘cold climate cooking’ brings on some remarkable combinations of taste and texture. A revelatory summer meal might open with a celeriac taco, involving remoulade, pastrami tongue, cured egg yolk and nasturtium, segueing in a carefully-considered progression to Arctic king crab matched with Sungold tomatoes, fresh cheese and nasturtium. Along the way, there may be Cumbrian milk-fed veal with a hyper-seasonal stew of summer legumes, or a superb piece of monkfish, steamed simply and boosted with chicken dripping and herbs. To finish, excellent pastry work is a hallmark of ideas such as a buckwheat tart of lemon verbena and alpine strawberries. Home-baked breads include an exemplary sourdough with crunchy dark crust, served with hand-churned whey butter.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): James Cross

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Northern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines over £30: 78
  • Wines by the glass: 68

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 21
  • Off-site parking available: On street, car park

Getting here

From south, M6 junction 36, follow A590. Take A591 towards Kendal and Windermere. Through Windermere then 3 miles to Ambleside.

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