Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Windermere
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Windermere restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 10 restaurants in Windermere and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Windermere restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Linthwaite House British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Crook Road - LA23
Change may be in the air at this Edwardian country house hotel set in 14 acres, with a fine Lakeland location overlooking Lake Windermere which achieved solid ratings in this years survey. In April, it was acquired by a South African group (the Leeu Collection), and August 2016 saw the appointment of a new chef, David Aspin.
2. The Samling British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Ambleside Road - LA23
New Chef. New Menu. WOW! This well-known culinary hotspot overlooking Windermere is maintaining its foodie reputation under new chef, Nick Edgar, and although it did again inspire the odd off report, a majority of divine meals from the tasting menus (generous helpings too) bolstered ratings here this year. Further change is afoot as the current dining room will be greatly extended in late 2016.
3. Hooked Fish & seafood restaurant in Windermere Ellerthwaite Square - LA23
For superb fish, simply cooked and served fresh, head to this unpretentious spot, where the small menu is cooked with precision, and where the bonhomie of the (Antipodean) owner adds to the experience.
4. Gilpin Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Crook Rd - LA23
A well-established Lakeland hotel with several small dining areas; fans say that its definitely worthy of awards, from chef Hrishikesh Desais absolutely outstanding food to the very good service and ambience, while others are a tad more measured in their praise.
5. Holbeck Ghyll French restaurant in Windermere Holbeck Lane - LA23
With wonderful views across Windermere, this formal dining room is part of an old-fashioned hunting lodge nowadays a luxurious country house hotel. Despite being one of the better-known culinary destinations in the Lakes, it inspired strikingly little feedback this year: such as there was however, avoided the critiques of last year, praising its romantic style and creative menu.
6. First Floor Café, Lakeland Limited British, Modern restaurant in Windermere Alexandra Buildings - LA23
Attuned to the psychology of the middle-class shoppers who want a break from their status-enhancing kitchen products bought in the downstairs cookware shop this mountain-view café, helmed by ex-Gavroche chef Steven Doherty, mixes a solid range of light lunches and snacks with a nice sofa area to read the papers afterwards.
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