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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

James Cross’s restaurant is deeply rooted in the concept of ‘the North’, and that means an all-embracing passion for Lakeland and Scottish produce, as well as clear Nordic sensibilities, from the stark simplicity of its sauna-like, Scandi-style pine plank walls and bare tables to a fervour for pickling, foraging and fermenting. Daily-changing menus come in five-, eight- and 12-course versions, and the self-styled ‘cold climate cooking’ brings remarkable combinations of taste and texture. A revelatory spring meal opens with slow-barbecued, smoky veal rib with a celeriac ‘taco’, yogurt, fermented cabbage, wild garlic and capers. Along the way, pine nut stew with garlic, parsley purée and oil accompany mussels cooked a la plancha, while gold-standard Skrei cod is simply poached and pointed up with parsley sauce. To finish, the richness of baked New York cheesecake is counterpointed by sea buckthorn sorbet. Home-baked sourdough is a superlative version 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

  • 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

Accessibility

  • 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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