The Priest Hole


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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Cosy, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating


The Priest Hole Restaurant is an integral part of Kelsick Old Hall, an ancient structure nestled in the enchanting village of Ambleside, at the heart of the idyllic English Lake District. This dining venue, adorned with numerous original features, sets the stage for an exceptional dining experience. While you can't taste the atmosphere, it undoubtedly enhances your dining experience at The Priest Hole. On sunnier days, bask in the charm of the delightful outdoor terrace, ideal for al fresco dining or simply enjoying a coffee while observing the day pass by. You'll be pleased to know that the terrace is also dog-friendly, so you can bring your four-legged best friend along with you.

The menu features fresh, homemade traditional Cumbrian and British cuisine, sourced locally to showcase the region's finest flavours. The delicious menu is thoughtfully complemented by the curated selection of wines, chosen for their tasteful harmony with each of the dishes. Additionally, The Priest Hole offers a range of locally brewed bottled ales and beers to complete your dining experience.

The all day menu begins with a seasonal homemade soup served with artisan bread, confit lakeland pork belly with apple, carrot and swede puree and port jus, and a dish of spicy vegan meatballs with arrabiata sauce, vegan cheese and garlic toast. Main dishes include a slow cooked Lake District lamb cobbler with a feta cheese scone and braised red cabbage, 'The Priest' beef burger with all the trimmings, and a four cheese spinach and pine nut lasagne. From 5pm, guests can enjoy a pan fried Barberry duck breast and a selection of Indian curries.

Thursday is fish night at The Priest Hole, and Thursday is steak night. On Sundays, enjoy a traditional roast with plenty of scrumptious sides and rich gravy.


Are you dog friendly?

Dogs are more than welcome on our terrace.

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Do you serve Sunday roasts?

Yes, roast dinners are available every Sunday.

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2 Church Street, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0BU

01539 433332 01539 433332


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-21:00
Tue 12:00-21:00
Wed 12:00-21:00
Thu 12:00-21:00
Fri 12:00-21:00
Sat 12:00-21:00
Sun 12:00-20:30


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6 Reviews 

Sean D

16 October 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4.5

Laura N

20 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

anthony L

27 September 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4
No priests, but wholly good food

My daughter and I visited on our first evening, and at the end of the meal booked for the following evening. 

The room noise was a little loud, but reflected the happy customers who were dining with us. 

The owner and her son were very amiable without being intrusive. The food and wine were both very good with slight twists on what you would get elsewhere. See you next year Priest Hole.and thanks.


22 August 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5


25 July 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Gordon M

19 July 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Good service and very nice food, we both had the baked haddock stuffed with parma ham. This was our 3rd visit to The Priest Hole.

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