Review on Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Situated on a hilltop not far from Windermere, this late-Victorian lodge was once a private residence, and stands amid dense and immaculately manicured gardens with woodlands and fells as an idyllic pastoral backdrop.
The interior is – as long-serving owners, the Cunliffe family admit – 'large enough to be professional, and small enough to be intimate, friendly and welcoming'. There are no fewer than four dining rooms, each with its own character and style – so guests are spoilt for choice. The restaurant was the proud recipient of a Michelin star in the 2017 edition of the Guide.
Dinner is the highlight of the day (with breakfast, apparently, not far behind) and menus are fixed-price for four courses, with cheese and an extra. You could kick off with sea bream escabèche and tapenade dressing or a salad of home-smoked duck with pickled carrots and five-spice syrup. Next comes a sorbet, before main courses like best end of Herdwick lamb with fondant potato, confit swede and shallot purée or roast monkfish with salmon gnocchi, ballotine of leeks and Champagne sauce.
Desserts are mostly classics such as hot prune and Armagnac soufflé or pear and frangipane tart with pear sorbet. The wine list in a prestigious collection of nearly 200 bins from 13 countries, with the emphasis firmly on fair prices and interesting drinking.
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Hrishikesh Desai and Lee Bird
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 8.00 - 10.00am
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.00pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express