RestaurantsCumbriaAmblesideLA22

survey result

Summary

£138
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Chef James Cross returned to the Lake District after doing time at acclaimed eateries Noma, Per Se and Simpsons to set up this new Nordic restaurant with suitably Scandi styling (wooden plank walls, sheepskin throws on the chairs). The dinner-only dining room turns out eight- or twelve-course tasting menus, and wins raves for the “absolutely faultless cooking, amazing service and atmosphere”.

Summary

£129
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “small but perfectly formed restaurant” from former Noma chef James Cross brings the full ‘new Nordic’ experimental dining experience to the Lake District – including wooden walls, sheepskin chairs and beef aged for as long as 430 days. “Dishes are varied and delicious and there’s a great wine list to accompany them”. Gripes, such as they are, tend to be relatively minor (“still excellent, but preferred it when there seemed to be a stronger emphasis on foraging”).

Summary

£120
£££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Scandi-influenced clean and earthy originality” has won a strong following and impressive ratings for this Lakeland destination led by James Cross (formerly of Noma). But even those who say the food is “absolutely outstanding” can nevertheless judge it “overpriced”“we are happy to pay good money but just thought it overpriced”.

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.”

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3 Sussex House, Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 0AD

Restaurant details

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Lake Road Kitchen Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Lake Road Kitchen Restaurant in LA22, Ambleside by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Lake Road Kitchen restaurant.
John L
Return visit after too long (about 5 years!...
Reviewed 8 months, 1 day ago

"Return visit after too long (about 5 years!) and still delighted to find exceptional food cooked and presented with huge passion and pride. An outstanding feast. Best food I have eaten all year. A must if you are in locality. "

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 105.00 Dinner only 8
Menu2 165.00 Dinner only 12
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £40.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
3 Sussex House, Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 0AD
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday6 pm‑9:30 pm
Sunday6 pm‑9:30 pm

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