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5.7 /6 Wonderful 19 Reviews

Rothay Manor

Ambleside European, British £££ +100
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About Rothay Manor

The Rothay Manor was built in 1823 and has been an hotel since 1936, so when you make the move out to Ambleside, you know you’re in for a treat that has stood the test of time. Set in the heart of the Lake District – one of the most picturesque parts of the UK – and featuring a high-class chef in Brandon Shepherd, they offer a tasting menu, a Sunday lunch and a dinner selection filled with British classics. We’d recommend the mussels with dry ice, the fish and chips – poached in squid ink, not fried – and supreme of chicken with fresh black truffle and cauliflower. The Sunday lunch is pretty spectacular too, with roast beef, turkey, pork, pollock and Comte cheese, served with all the trimmings (veggies, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings) and followed by English and European cheese or a classic bread and butter pudding. The Ambleside area is always worth a visit for the scenery and the hiking opportunities, and the Rothay Manor is worth the trip all on its own: so book a table now.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 19:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 19:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 19:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 19:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 19:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 19:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 19:00 - 21:00
Rothay Manor, 1 Ambleside, LA22 0EH Ambleside

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19 Reviews

5.7 /6 Wonderful 19 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Noise: mute
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1 review so far 6
05.07.2017 08:13

We have eaten at all the best restaurants in Ambleside over the years but our first meal at Rothay Manor was fantastic in every aspect and beats all the others hands down. Booking on line was simple and they contacted us a couple of days before hand to see if any of our party had any allergies, which was useful as our friend is allergic to cream. On arrival the welcome was warm and friendly and we enjoyed some excellent well priced champagne in the lounge over looking the garden. We chose the testing menu and were not disappointed. The presentation of every course was stunning and at times very theatrical but the chef was keen to ensure that our taste buds were subjected to a wide range of taste and texture. The maitre d' was very welcoming and informative whilst the chef himself presented 2 course where he came to explain the techniques involved in creating the dish. The Stonebass was wrapped in vine leaves and covered in soil before heating to impart an earthy flavour. Wine was excellent and again very reasonably price and we took the Sommelier's recommendation. They even produced two separate cream free courses for our friend who has an allergy. The dining room was well decorated and tables nicely spaced to give a homely atmosphere where you could actually converse with your fellow diners. The meal was not rushed with a nice spacing between courses although the whole meal took over 2 hours. I will definitely be visiting again and recommending this restaurant to all our friends and family.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 06:45

A very good hotel. I enjoyed my stay here. Excellent facilities. Friendly and helpful staff. Would definitely consider staying here again should I visit the Lake District.

1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 10:05

Quality of food is excellent and the dishes well thought out and faultlessly presented. Staff well trained and attentive. Fine dining at its best. Worthy of a five-star establishment.

2 reviews so far 6
16.04.2017 11:04

The food was excellent, the wine imaginative and inexpensive and the service efficient and courteous. Overall this is a very good restaurant with imaginative chefs and informed staff.

1 review so far 6
21.08.2016 12:12

We had a fantastic 9 course tasting menu at Rothay Manor. We have had many tasting menus and thought that this was excellent and also very good value for money. We were amazed that there were only 6 of us in the restaurant. We dined on Thursday 18 August so expected it to be full. The chef came out to explain all the dishes and it was quite theatrical with dry ice and gas canisters, etc. Will definitely be dining there again when we are next in the Lake District.

1 review so far 6
24.10.2016 08:34

This was our second visit to Rothay Manor since July. Our meals were superb.....prepared with great flair and imagination by Brandon, the chef, and his team. The staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient, particularly Craig, whose passion for wine is highly infectious! Victoria was the perfect hostess and was very enthusiastic about the future plans for the hotel, which will now be a regular destination for us whenever we visit the Lakes.

1 review so far 6
18.03.2017 10:31

Most wonderful cuisine ! This is one of the things you must do in your life: Have dinner at the Rothay Manor and enjoy the delicacies and flavour of Brandon Shepherd's cuisine. A really enjoyable experience with wonderful service worth of royalty.

1 review so far 4
27.06.2017 09:26

I took my girlfriend here for her 30th birthday. She had taken me somewhere similar for mine a month before and this was a bit of a disappointment in comparison. Some of the food was excellent, such as the appetisers and amuse-bouches but the main dishes I chose (from the specials) didn't blow me away. I'm sure if I had something else, that would've been great considering the skill of how everything was prepared. Also, we didn't really take to our waiter who made us feel like we didn't really belong there. The rest of the staff were great though. The cocktails were excellent and the restaurant is located in beautiful grounds (even saw a deer outside!)

1 review so far 5
26.03.2017 12:30

Since our last visit the hotel has changed hands. It has been tastefully updated - nothing too outlandish! The food was always very good but the new chef is to be congratulated on the quality and variety of his menu. The meal was delicious, with some innovative touches. We will definitely return when we next stay in Ambleside.

1 review so far 6
21.08.2016 08:18

Perfect. Dishes were so tasty and beautiful. Staff was friendly and professional. We had three course dinner. Start from pre amuse at bar, then had amuse, main, pre desert and desert at restaurant. Everything was so good.

1 review so far 5
05.05.2017 07:40

Food and service both incredible. Lots of surprise courses! A shame the restaurant was so quiet so lacked a little ambience but a lovely setting that feels very much like an individual restaurant rather than just being part of a hotel. Would highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
27.08.2016 14:27

We had dinner there (3 of us all had different choices from the menu). Excellent food, very innovative, great flavour combinations and presentation. Staff were superb, attentive and personable. Lovely surroundings

1 review so far 6
21.03.2017 11:07

Absolutely fabulous dinner and wine tasting evening - hope this is the first of many! Excellent food, beautifully presented by competent, friendly staff - and served on hot plates!!!

1 review so far 6
30.12.2016 10:19

Excellent service and menu in a contemporary, yet traditional Cumbrian Manor House setting. Staff extremely knowledgable about the menu. Will return to see the fully refurbished venue in 2017.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 18:28

Absolutely wonderful meal. Modern cuisine, beautifully executed. If you've not been, you should. You won't be disappointed. Deserving of AA rosettes and hopefully a Michelin star to follow.

1 review so far 6
13.03.2017 17:23

superb comfortable hotel with wonderful food and extremely willing staff. All aspects of the stay were of extremely high quality and satisfaction. Would love to go again !

1 review so far 6
05.04.2017 09:55

Amazing food especially the 9 course tasting menu. Excellent service and beautiful surroundings. The perfect place for a special dinner. We will be back very soon.

1 review so far 5
12.05.2017 16:11

Creative menu well executed . Good wine list and good value. Liked the ambiance and the service was unhurried but efficient . Friendly staff. Would recommend

1 review so far 5
21.09.2016 07:49

Very nice atmosphere and great food. The aging of beef main was particularly good together with the canapés which were served in the lunge beforehand