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.
It was Christmas Eve so it probably isn’t the night to review a local restaurant as they were, understandably, only serving their Christmas Tasting Menu and the majority of the diners there were people staying on a Christmas package. But, we knew all of that before booking it for our wedding anniversary and they had remembered that and served us complimentary glasses of fizz 🥂 on arrival, a lovely gesture. We had an excellent meal which was thoughtfully varied, excellently cooked and beautifully presented and served by staff who were friendly, attentive and extremely helpful. Although we’re generally not pudding eaters, the deserts were wonderful! We will definitely be going back.....on a normal evening.
Absolutely delicious meal. All courses were excellent. Lovely relaxed dining experience. Can you get a dry prosecco on to the wine menu for our next visit.
What a wonderful evening, such a beautiful place, food was so delicious and the staff were so warm and friendly. I would highly recommend a visit.