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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 Lakeland hotel with a loyal clientele

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Built by a Liverpool shipping merchant in 1823, many of Rothay’s Regency features are still much in evidence. The handsome whitewashed pile is a great example of a traditional Lake District country-house hotel, standing in attractive landscaped gardens a short walk from honeypot Ambleside. New owners have raised the bar in recent years, not least in the restaurant, where a gently contemporary look lines up with adventurous modern country house cooking based on splendid local produce. Nicely timed pigeon opens proceedings, balanced with the sharpness of pickled beetroot, as well as liquorice and hazelnuts. Following that, a fine piece of brill has the added punch of chicken wings, mushrooms, cabbage and shaved truffle, while local lamb might appear as loin, rib and sweetbreads alongside root vegetables, sea buckthorn and cime di rapa greens. The final flourish comes in the form of a rhubarb workout – poached, jelly, crisps, crumb – with sheep’s milk, hibiscus and malt.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 2–20 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Daniel McGeorge

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30: 111
  • Wines by the glass: 17

Price guide

  • 2-course dinner from: £49
  • 3-course dinner from: £55
  • Tasting menu from: £65
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 40
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

In Ambleside follow signs for Coniston (A593). Manor 0.25 mile southwest of Ambleside opposite rugby pitch.

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