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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
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

The vogue for Nordic-inspired dining has spawned another real winner here in an unassuming spot just off Ambleside's main street. The setting has the spartan simplicity of a Scandinavian log cabin, all pine plank walls and bare tables – a spot-on look for a self-styled north European bistro. Chef-patron James Cross pursues a dogged determination to work with the seasons and the climate, pickling and bottling for the winter months, foraging for summer berries and autumn mushrooms, as well as bringing in pedigree Lakeland meat, supplemented by northern European seafood. The five- and 8-course menus change daily, and the hits just keep on coming. 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 of tastes and textures 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

  • Chef: James Cross

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Northern European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 3
  • Wines over £30: 29
  • Wines by the glass: 25

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: 60
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

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

Additional information

  • Seats: 21

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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Windermere
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