Holbeck Ghyll

British, Modern European·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Holbeck Ghyll

Bronze Award

Fabulous surroundings and stunning views over Lake Windermere are a huge bonus at Holbeck Ghyll, and there’s plenty going on inside this Victorian country house to hold your interest, too. The old-school dining room reeks of tradition, but the food is bang up-to-date, tempering robust flavours with elegant presentation – perhaps a pressing of guinea fowl, leeks and Agen prunes with hazelnuts, best end of Cumbrian lamb with shallot purée and rosemary jus or crème brûlée matched with apple sorbet, poached apple and cider sauce. A terrace overlooking the lake is ideal for summer alfresco dining, and two cosy lounges (one with a log fire) are perfect for textbook afternoon teas and post-prandial drinks – the wine list is a majestic tour of the oenophile globe, packed with classy drinking and ‘fantastic finds’. In short Holbeck is “totally stunning all round”.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
British, Modern European
Fine dining, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Chef’s table, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Holbeck Ghyll is an elegant country hotel nestled in the heart of the Lake District, surrounded by stunning landscapes and serene lakes. The hotel boasts a fine dining experience in its restaurant of the same name, offering dramatic views of the surrounding countryside and a menu that focuses on locality. 

The restaurant is helmed by Head Chef Ross Marshall, who hopes to take diners on a journey through Britain using some of the best produce from not only Cumbria but up and down the country. There are two tasting menus to choose from - one at five courses, and the other at eight. The latter, and larger, shows off the chef's signature dishes and is inspired by traditional European cuisine, executed with a modern flair. Examples from this menu include scallop and chorizo with cauliflower and romanesco and apple, as well as cured salmon with cucumber, sea herbs and avocado with creme fraiche and caviar. 

The five-course menu celebrates seasonal specialities with dishes such as duck liver with thyme, honey and mushroom on brioche, alongside venison bolognese and loin with cavolo nero and parsnip. For dessert, there's chocolate, coffee and mascarpone with Kahlua and hazelnut. 

If a taster menu isn't really your thing, simply browse the a la carte selection at your leisure. There is some crossover with the taster courses, so for example, if you'd love to try the duck liver dish but don't fancy going the whole hog, you could simply pick out those you like the look of most here. Wine is also a big part of the experience at Holbeck Ghyll, with the wine list having been curated by the in-house sommelier to complement the ingredients featured on the menus. Opt for a wine flight, or discuss your ideas with the team on they'll help you plan the perfect pairing.


Is there a tasting menu?

Yes, both five courses and eight courses.

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Holbeck Lane, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA23 1LU

01539 432375 01539 432375


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-16:00
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon 17:00-21:00
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 17:00-21:00
Fri 17:00-21:00
Sat 17:00-21:00
Sun 17:00-21:00


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