Harden's survey result
“The aesthetic is paired back and the entire focus is on the food” at this small venue headed up by ex-Noma chef James Cross, which – in keeping with a modern Scandi vibe – has “an intensely local and seasonal focus, with a strong emphasis on foraged ingredients”: “exceptional dishes… and you get to chat to the chef while he works on it”. “There is a real passion about the produce (we listened to James explain the provenance of the beef for about ten minutes to our neighbouring table)”, so “the meal is both interesting as well as absolutely delicious.”
“Wow! What a find” – real raves for Noma grad James Cross’s woodsy, Scandi-style outfit, which “focuses on foraging and extreme seasonality”. It’s “not just fabulous locally sourced ingredients” that impress, but the “immersive theatrical experience”, featuring “knowledgeable and detailed explanations of each dish” (“double wow”, the tasting menus are affordable too). Ratings, though, were depressed this year by a minority who feel the venture “never quite lives up to its promise”.
“Startlingly good food, brilliantly explained” is a recipe for ongoing rapturous reviews concerning ex-Noma chef James Cross and his partner’s “fantastic and cosy” Scandi-style venture, decorated with much use of wood, and with the kitchen partially on view: “a special destination run with tremendous enthusiasm by two of the most passionate people in the game”, producing “some of the best ever food, and a splendid experience that could be enjoyed over and over again”.
“A worth rival to L’Enclume?” – “lots of foraged ingredients, lots of fermented things and pickled stuff, all clearly done with earnest passion” help inspire utter rave reviews for ex-Noma chef James Cross’s “strongly Scandi-influenced” two-year-old, in “stripped-back premises, warmly decorated with wood, muted taupes and browns”, and with a “semi-open kitchen”. That “service feels very natural and unscripted” is a major part of its charm – “the cuisine’s amazing, yet the approach is all so casual and friendly”, and “without any pretension”. “What really underpins the experience, though, is some of the most brightly flavoured, unusual and downright delicious food I've eaten in a long while.”
Lake Road Kitchen Restaurant Diner Reviews
"fantastic innovative food. Perfectly cooked. Great service. Best food I have eaten for ages in the UK. Highly recommend"
|Wine per bottle||£23.00|
3 Sussex House, Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 0AD
|Wednesday||6 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||6 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||6 pm‑9 pm|
|Saturday||6 pm‑9 pm|
|Sunday||6 pm‑9 pm|