The Glass House
The Glass House restaurant is set in a refurbished 15th-century mill and fronted by an appealing glass wall that showcases the beautiful views and fills the dining room with mild sunshine. Fresh local produce is used to put together traditional favourites such as Cumbrian shepherd's pie or roast duck with Cumberland stuffing - and be sure to save space for the delicious hot chocolate mousse and shortbread biscuits! Open daily, reservations recommended.
Address: Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria
Telephone: 01539 432137
JR's restaurant is housed in a beautifully converted 19th-century home with a stylish dining room and three warm lounges to relax in. The chef uses the freshest local produce to present dishes such as roasted veal steaks with blue cheese topping, or filo pastry baskets with mushroom and pepper stroganoff. The sticky toffee pudding and butterscotch sauce is a treat for anyone with a sweet tooth. Open daily, reservations recommended.
Address: Applegarth Villa, College Road, Windermere
Telephone: 015394 43206
The Drunken Duck
The Drunken Duck restaurant welcomes diners with a relaxed and informal ambience in a warm, stylish setting. The menu offers a range of classic cuisine including Pork Wellington with spring greens, baby carrots and potato rosti; braised lamb with asparagus and fondant potatoes; and dark chocolate pannacotta with pistachio nut ice cream. Open daily, reservations recommended.
Address: The Drunken Duck Inn, Barngates, Ambleside, Cumbria
Telephone: 015394 36347
Lazy Daisy's Lakeland Kitchen
Lazy Daisy's is a quaint café-cum-restaurant that serves a wonderful selection of light meals. Lunchtime favourites include the bacon, brie and cranberry wraps, or the smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwiches. Dinner has a separate menu featuring tasty dishes like the grilled Cumberland sausage or the gammon steak with egg and grilled tomato. Open daily, reservations recommended.
Address: Crescent Road, Windermere
Telephone: 015394 43877
Rumours Pizzeria and Restaurant is a relaxed eatery with big windows looking out onto the bustling Lake Road. The menu features an excellent selection of Mediterranean cuisine including salmon and tagliatelle with lemon cream sauce, Veneto pizza (salami, bacon, peppers and tomato), roasted rack of lamb, and fillet steak with brandy and mushroom sauce. Open daily, reservations recommended.
Address: St. Martins Square, Lake Road, Windermere
Telephone: 01539 444382
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