RestaurantsCumbriaAmblesideLA22

survey result

Summary

£117
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.”

Summary

£117
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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.”

Summary

£89
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

Summary

£83
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“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”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code
21
14

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 90.00   8
Menu2 145.00   12
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.00
Filter Coffee £2.80
Extras  
Service 12.50%
3 Sussex House, Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 0AD
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday6 pm‑9 pm
Friday6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday6 pm‑9 pm
Sunday6 pm‑9 pm

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