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Stunning views over Lake Windermere are a huge plus point at Holbeck Ghyll, & there’s plenty going on inside this Victorian country house to hold your interest, too. The old-school dining room
reeks of tradition, but chef David McLaughlin’s food is bang up-to-date, tempering robust flavours with elegant presentation – perhaps hand-dived scallops with spiced cauliflower, apple &
raisin purée, or best end of Cumbrian lamb with black-olive gnocchi & aubergine. A terrace overlooking the lake is ideal for summer alfresco dining, & two cosy lounges (one with a log fire)
are perfect for textbook afternoon teas & post-prandial drinks. General manager Andrew McPherson also knows all about organising big weddings – he took care of Madonna’s nuptials at Skibo
Castle in Scotland.
A lot of work has
clearly gone into this list – not just in sourcing the wines, but also in giving the customer reasons to engage with it. As well as a ‘House Selection’ and ‘Fantastic Finds’ (all accompanied by
tasting notes), there is – unusually and commendably – a huge selection of half-bottles. While the focus is decidedly on Europe, the New World selection manages to namecheck a lot of good
It’s a while since I was up at Holbeck Ghyll but planning a trip back to the Lake District reminded me that I hadn’t posted about it.The fun part about this is getting to relive and recapture what was a fantastic lunch.Choosing not to take advantage of the helipad myself and B opted to arrive more traditionally by car and as you turn into the drive way the rambling old country house reveals itself. It really is a calm spot, surrounded by wonderful gardens and countryside with a view over Windermere.Seated in the lounge we were treated to canapes of olives, breadsticks and the most delightfully smooth chicken liver parfait...
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