Restaurant reviews

Grasmere Hotel: fine dining in a beautiful Lakes location

The food at the Grasmere Hotel has been remarked upon time and again on the Tripadvisor reviews of the hotel, so everything we say here will come as no surprise to anyone who has visited this remarkable accommodation option.

We were already booked in for dinner and, on the drive to the hotel, felt slightly intimidated as, at 4pm, we’d only just finished our sublime afternoon tea at The Samling in Windermere!

When we arrived, the lovely receptionist, who also served us dinner that evening, immediately remembered Kyle’s peanut allergy and asked him to pick his menu choices before we headed out for an early evening walk (in a desperate bid to work up an appetite again!). This was really reassuring; we knew for sure that no peanuts or pine nuts would creep into Kyle’s dinner.

Even more impressively, when we arrived back at the hotel after our walk, the receptionist was waiting for us at the door to ask if I, being pregnant, had checked my menu choices or whether I needed anything to be checked. This was really personal service that made us feel so welcome and looked after.

Dinner time came round, in all honesty, slightly too quickly (and that’s not something I normally say!) and we were shown into the gorgeous lounge beside the dining room. The lounge is really comfortable, stylish, and a brilliant place to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. We loved the pre-dinner canapes, which had been tweaked for us to take into account our dietary requirements, and we sipped our soft drinks before being shown through to our table.

The restaurant was a lovely space; light and airy at breakfast, it was transformed in the evening with demure white tablecloths and proper silver cutlery. It was quiet and calm without being pretentious or making you feel uncomfortable.

It wasn’t long before our starters arrived (after some moreish warm bread rolls with butter which I obviously scoffed despite my appetite limitations). I had gone for the smoked haddock risotto, whilst Kyle opted for a ballotine of quail. My risotto was delicious and the portion size was perfect; it didn’t make me feel too full for my main course and focused on flavours and textures. It was also presented beautifully.

The restaurant at Grasmere Hotel, Lake District

Kyle’s quail looked equally beautiful and the different elements on the plate all combined nicely to create a well-rounded yet delicate dish.

The restaurant at Grasmere Hotel, Lake District

After our starters and before our mains, we had the choice of a small sample of the daily soup (mushroom) or a sorbet to act as a palate cleanser. We both went for the lemon sorbet and it was utterly refreshing.

For our mains, I had opted for a butternut squash and feta cheese cannelloni, whilst Kyle went for trio of lamb. My choice was a little unusual but when the bubbling, cheesy concoction turned up at the table, I was not disappointed!

The restaurant at Grasmere Hotel, Lake District

Kyle’s dish looked more demure and the lamb looked very well cooked, but mine was a guilty pleasure in a little white oven dish!

The restaurant at Grasmere Hotel, Lake District

I couldn’t quite finish it as the portion size was generous, but the amount I ate is testament to the quality of the food at the Grasmere Hotel.

As for pudding, I could only manage a scoop of ice cream, and so it was left to Kyle to go for the crumble. Again, the dish was presented with real care and attention (check out the custard below!) and the speed with which he scoffed it down proved how tasty it was.

The restaurant at Grasmere Hotel, Lake District

And so, after a relaxing sleep, it was time for breakfast! There was a cold buffet with cereals, homemade muesli, and so on, but we restrained ourselves by only picking a freshly cooked hot option. I went for the smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and they were delicious. The smoked salmon tasted really fresh and the eggs were well cooked.

The restaurant at Grasmere Hotel, Lake District

Kyle opted for a fry-up and I had serious sausage envy! Needless to say, with the addition of some fantastic toast, butter, preserves, and a creamy hot chocolate for me, we didn’t need to eat until the evening.

The Grasmere Hotel is a fantastic accommodation option for anyone staying in the Lake District. Even if it didn’t boast this fantastic restaurant, we’d still want to return again and again; the fact that you can dine on food of this quality without leaving your hotel and can just treat your stay as a true luxury hideaway makes the whole experience of a stay here ten times better! It’s also worth noting that the dinner rate they offer guests represents extremely good value.

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