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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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Vibrant brasserie cooking on the edge of Windermere

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Just a short stroll from the bustle of Ambleside, the Waterhead sports a thoroughly modern boutique look with funky purple LED lighting to go with its up-to-date brasserie dishes. Start with duck liver parfait with red onion jelly and toasted treacle and walnut bread. Follow with pan-fried tuna steak with fondant potatoes, seasonal veggies and béarnaise sauce, or look to the grill for slabs of Cumbrian beef, or a trendy burger of pulled pork shoulder with honey and bourbon barbecue sauce, sweet potato wedges and crispy fried onions. Coconut and raspberry pannacotta with shaved coconut and raspberry purée is a good way to finish.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, New Year (only open to residents)
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Adam Graham

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 41
  • Wines over £30: 25
  • Wines by the glass: 11

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 70
  • On-site parking available
  • Off-site parking available: Nearby pay & display

Additional information

  • Seats: 70

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A591 into Ambleside, hotel opposite Waterhead Pier

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