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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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Innovative British cooking and a hundred gins

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Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Credit cards accepted

A narrow-fronted boutique restaurant-with-rooms in pretty Ulverston, just south of the Lake District, Virginia House's amenities include an on-trend gin parlour with over 100 brands, a feature you might have kept quiet about in centuries past. A smart black and grey dining room is the setting for innovative British cooking, offered on a tasting menu. Variations on mackerel offers céviche, tartare and a fried fillet, along with kohlrabi remoulade and peanuts, before lamb with its own spring roll, or sea bass with borlotti beans and sautéed romaine in a pesto-laced broth. Blumenthal-style concept desserts include a rather effective breakfast-themed tea pannacotta with buttered toast ice cream and chamomile jelly.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 2 weeks January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday to Friday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 8.30


  • Chef(s): Craig Sherrington

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 12
  • Wines over £30: 8
  • Wines by the glass: 5

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7
  • Main course from18
  • Dessert from: £7
  • 2-course lunch from: £25
  • 2-course dinner from: £25
  • Tasting menu from: £49
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 6
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 34
  • Off-site parking available: 50 meters

Getting here

M6 junction 36 onto A590 towards Barrow-in-Furness. In Ulverston take 3rd exit at Tank Square roundabout and follow one-way system. 1st exit at mini-roundabout into King Street, then Queen Street. 200 meters on right.

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