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.
Lovely setting and attentive staff. Had the taster menu and wine pairing which was excellent with some unusual combinations. Beautifully served and the courses well explained. Craig was very knowledgeable about the wine selection and some really interesting choices for the wine pairing
Pleasant meal in nice setting, staff were attentive and polite. Would recommend.
Beautiful food,elegant and comfortable venue with friendly and knowledgable staff,what more could you wish for.We all enjoyed our evening,and look forward to visiting again when we next stay in Ambleside.
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.
We had dinner at the Rothay Manor Restaurant, we did not stay as hotel guests. Firstly, we had a warm welcome, then shown into the lounge for drinks and canapés. There is a good drinks menu and a reasonable choice of wines by the glass. The canapés, of which there were three, were excellent. The decor is minimalist and fairly austere, but do not let that put one off. As one would expect with a fine dining restaurant, the service was well paced with no rush betweeen courses. Breads with butter or beef dripping and herbs spread were provided. Our thoughts were that the crusts were a bit too hard, possibly as it was a Sunday and the bread was from a day ago. The amuse bouche was followed by starters of scallops with squid ink and one of artichoke. Both were excellent in taste and presentation. For mains we had the lamb three ways with baby roasted potatoes and the grouse. Again both were top quality dishes. I must comment on the roast potatoes, these were perfectly seasoned and had a wonderful earthy flavour to them, could have eaten twice as many. The grouse is cooked using a water bath thus allowing it to be both served correctly but avoiding the "rare juices" on the plate, which pleased my wife. Pre-desert and deserts were again excellent. Highly recommended is the chocolate dome which comes with a superb rose-chocolate fondant. The rhubarb is also an excellent choice. Desert wine suggestions are provided. Service was good, but could have been a bit more attentive during the dinner with regard to provision of water and ensuring we were not running out of wine (by the glass). Overall, excellent value for money.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
The time taken between the drinks being served in the bar to being seated at our table was too long. I enjoy a relaxed evening and taking time over a meal but the length of time between courses was also too long. I have eaten in other "fine dining" restaurants and such long intervals are not common. Unfortunately this aspect of our visit took away from the enjoyment of the food itself which was very good.