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.
My husband and I visited on my birthday weekend. It was a last minute decision as we normally go to The Old Stamp House but they were fully booked. We chose to eat the taster menu and what a delight it was. The food was so tasty. Every single course, both our plates were empty. For me it was the food combinations on the plate that brought each dish to a whole new level. Rothay Manor Hotel is in a lovely setting (close to the centre of Ambleside), is tastefully decorated and the staff were very attentive. I would be more than happy to eat here again. All that was missing for me to make this a real top notch fine dining experience is more theatre in the serving of the food, more atmosphere in the restaurant (music not turned on until half way through our meal), more knowledge from the staff about what they are serving (our waitress got it wrong a couple of times) and a copy of the menu to keep (so you can compare with what your eating - so many flavours and textures to remember). For me I'd come back to try a Rothay Manor taster menu again. Why? Because I loved every course. A clever chef. I look forward to tasting his food again!
Wonderful lunch . Good service. Good price lots of extra things included. Very good indeed.would recommend to others and go again. A little gem. Good detail thought out.
A well cooked meal, with not too much choice so no dithering! The staff were lovely, helpful and gave good service and there was a welcoming atmosphere in the hotel