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Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel

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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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Refined modern dining in intimate country house

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At a glance

Open all year
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

A white Georgian property on the banks of the River Nent, eating here is a treat, with a wide-ranging menu that can set diners dithering. Starters might include saffron-infused crab arancini with tomato compôte and basil pesto. Main courses too are quite complex, bringing out layers of flavours and textures: duo of spring lamb, for instance, features a roast loin and a braised shoulder on crushed new potatoes with wild garlic and a mint and sun-blushed tomato sauce. Or there's the roast cod fillet in pancetta sauce, anchovy with lemon and thyme risotto. A skilled pastry cook is behind puddings such as tarte Tatin with ginger custard.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Mon-Sat
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 8.30


  • Chef: Tom Orton

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 50
  • Wines over £30: 100
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Children welcome


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


  • Seats: 30
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 30

Getting here

2m E of Alston, signed off A689 at junct with B6294

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