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The Old Stamp House Restaurant

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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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Contemporary cooking in Wordsworth's old place

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass

It's not widely known that William Wordsworth was Cumbria's 'Distributor of Stamps' back in 19th century, and this is where he plied his trade. The organic and foraged ingredients on show make this is a thoroughly modern sort of restaurant. Prices are fair given the craft and creativity, with the fixed-price lunch a veritable bargain. Things kick off with excellent bread before first-course smoked Furness wood pigeon with beetroot turned out fashionably in an array of textures, plus celeriac purée and pickled cherries. Next up, Whitehaven turbot, cooked just right, or Alston Moor red grouse with Scottish girolles and truffle jus. Finish with a dazzling Amaretto parfait.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Ryan Blackburn

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 11
  • Wines over £30: 65+
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • Starter from: £9
  • Main course from £19
  • Dessert from: £8.50
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 5
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 30
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 8
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

Follow A591 into Ambleside from either direction and enter one way system. Church Street accessed from Lake Road, right after the Royal Oak.

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