The Old Stamp House Restaurant (Ambleside)

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Updated 2019-12-04
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  • Pork
  • Macaroons
  • Salmon
  • Crab
  • Shrimp
  • Fish
  • Macarons
  • Halibut
  • Duck
  • Roe
  • Salad
  • Lamb
  • Ceviche
  • Cod
  • Scallops
  • Beef

Description

  • Phone number: +44 15394 32775
  • Cuisine:
    Vegan Options
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    British
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    Vegetarian Friendly
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    Gluten Free Options
  • Restrictions:
    Vegetarian Friendly
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    Gluten Free Options
    ,
    Vegan Options
  • Meal types:
    Dinner
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    After-hours
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    Lunch
  • Category:
    Sit down


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    JamesJones24 2020-01-24

    The tasting menu at lunch was perhaps the best food my partner and I have ever eaten. We visited for a lunch tasting menu. The service was faultless and food was to the same standard. Canapés were a nice surprise, scallop with pumpkin purée and parmesan tuile added texture and saltiness, the main courses of cod and hogget were both beautifully presented with great textures and outstanding flavours, but arguably the star of the show was the chocolate delice - a subtle hint of coffee (very glad it wasn’t a stronger flavour) alongside the refreshing clementine was an excellent ending to the menu. Lots of Michelin star tasting menus are let down with a poor dessert, but this was incredible and took it above any of these menus. Not quite sure of the local market (we are used to London prices), but feel that £45 is hugely undervalued. Prices could be far above this. Fully expecting to pay more the next time we visit, and would certainly be happy to! Chocolate fudge with (what I believe to be) hoggat fat was a lovely ending to the meal. The chef coming out to chat to guests and giving us the menu to take away made the lunch even more perfect. Unquestionably deserving of the star. Clearly loves what he’s doing and it shows in the standard of the food.

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    tim4022018 2020-01-21

    Intimate atmosphere- don't go here for the view or to people gaze. Excellent food. We enjoyed the taster menu and accompanying flight of wines. Excellent price by comparison with other restaurants of this stature.

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    Anne C 2020-01-20

    Back after a 2 year break to sample some delicious food at the Old Stamp House. This time it was for an evening meal and we took the flight of wine with the taster menu. Very well paired wines and good service. Altogether a lovely evening.

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    StevefromWashington 2020-01-19

    Had lunch to celebrate milestone birthday. Tasting menu uniformly excellent. Balance of flavours great. Highlights for me were the beetroot and horseradish macaroon (really..) and the hogget, which is perhaps the best meat dish I have had. Fillet cooked pink and slow-braised shoulder in a crispy artichoke. Lovely. Great service too - friendly but professional. Prices are VERY reasonable for a place with a star....

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    Flagsandglory 2020-01-15

    Can not fault the Quality or the pleasure of eating the dishes which were served form the tasting menu in this quaint little restaurant, but please... stop calling everybody guys!!!! I’m sure your staff can come up with something different than constantly calling your customers guys. For one I’m clearly not a guy and two it’s irritating as hell! So be kind to your high paying patrons and call us some more fitting that better suits your clientele.

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    NickJ194 2020-01-15

    Amazing food, fine dining for sure but local produce, well thought out, seasonal, a lovely atmosphere, impeccable service in a small cosy space, not fussy and even the cheese board was special - pretty faultless and personally I love it when the chef himself delivers a little red deer consommé as a welcome. Thank you.

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    Rankingang1 2020-01-04

    Possibly the sixth time we've been for lunch and never disappoints. The recently awarded Star certainly deserved.

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    Lakes_woman 2019-12-30

    We really enjoyed the seven course tasting menu - it really was some of the tastiest food we have eaten! Having heard lots of good things about it - word spreads fast in Cumbria - we were not at all disappointed. It really is a little gem - so unpretentious in atmosphere, lovely easy staff and food that could hold it's own with the far more expensive and pretentious competitiors in the area which we have also tried, but enjoyed far less.

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    Leeklady125 2019-12-30

    Visited for lunch end November. Had a great tasting menu lunch, full of flavour, well presented, everything cooked beautifully. It was our third visit, and we’ll definitely return when we next visit the Lake District.

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    davidpC3818WO 2019-12-17

    Fabulous food and a great wine list. Perfect. Great bread. Rating and a la carts menus. Excellent service. A hidden gem

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    auctionmum 2019-12-07

    I have been looking at the reviews for two years with the intentions of booking on one of our trips to Ambleside This was out opportunity We could only get the 9pm slot which is quite late for the tasting menu We had the warm deer broth to welcome us then followed some delightful amouse bouche - didn’t hear everything described as it was a quick description- delicious little tastes though - I even tried black pudding which I’m not normally a fan off A few tables were having the wine flight but not us - far too common we are and not red or sweet wine fans Also we added cheese course but we don’t like blue so they gave us Mrs a Kirkhams I would try the normal menu if I went again Attentive staff

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    dairycrest3Wigan 2019-12-06

    We are not “oh it’s Michelin star let’s go” type of people. To be honest we worry more such places will be a bit lost in their own hype. We were impressed with an interview we saw when the team here talked about the inspiration of the food, people and landscape of Cumbria. So we booked. We arrived in a cold December night to a warm welcome and a cup of hot broth. We chose the seasonal menu but to be honest we now understand anything chosen would be excellent. The experience was not pretentious, it was beautifully presented with love, and tasted amazing. We enjoyed everything. We would come back in a heartbeat. We would recommend with no hesitation. 😀😊

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    caroleh857 2019-12-05

    On holiday for a week’s walking and, as we enjoyed it so much on our last visit, booked in at The Old Stamp House for their 6/7 course tasting menu with accompanying wines on Wednesday evening. Wow! Food was inventive and absolutely delicious, preceded by a flavourful hogget broth and some very tasty amuse bouche. Would wholeheartedly recommend and will definitely return next time we holiday in Ambleside.

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    A6390ZPmikeb 2019-11-30

    This is a small intimate restaurant in the heart of Ambleside but unless you have researched where it is you might miss it (Look for Greggs). Otherwise a fantastic dining experience with Michellin quality food and great service. All the reviews confirm that the old stamp house has attained a consistently excellent level of cuisine as was evident on the night we dined. A great experience, a great meal.

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    sparrie2k 2019-11-30

    Thought I’d left this too late to book, then managed to book for the wrong weekend! Thankfully an email to the restaurant and they managed to fit us in for an evening when we were actually in the area, and I’m so glad they did. Completely unpretentious from the start - wasn’t actually sure we were going into the right place from the outside but the welcome confirmed we had got it right, and the roe deer stock taster that was brought to the table after we were sat down set the scene (it was explained that they like to use everything, the deer was part of the tasting menu and the stock was amazing - full of flavour and just what was required on a cold November evening!) We both chose the full tasting menu (there were also options for a smaller tasting menu, or an a la carte ‘sessional’ menu - any of which we’d been happy with). Every course was exceptional - tasty, well put together and using ingredients that were obviously of the highest quality that hadn’t been overly messed about with. My wife and I had our personal favourite courses but I’d have all of them again quite happily. Service was really relaxed, and although the restaurant was small I didn’t feel I was cramped in any way. Probably just as well (or a shame) they were fully booked the next day otherwise I’d quite happily have gone back for a go at the seasonal menu. Easily on par with the best restaurant I’ve eaten in.

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    Gillian L 2019-11-27

    Came here for lunch with friends to celebrate our recent "re-direction" rather than retirement. And as the old grey cells recall less confidently I looked back at previously penned reviews and somewhat prophetically mentioned that this outstanding eatery rivalled any Michelin rated restaurant. Congratulations are indeed in order for the kitchen and front of house team that are The Old Stamp House headed by brothers Ryan (in the kitchen) & Craig. Very well done to all. Perhaps now we have more time on our hands we might see you more often.

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    gregor m 2019-11-26

    We booked this place on the back of it being awarded a Michelin Star earlier this year and we were not disappointed! It thoroughly deserves this award! We have eaten at a few Michelin Star restaurants (Restaurant Martin Wishart, Edinburgh; One Balmoral, Edinburgh and Pied a Terre, London) and can honestly say this is possibly the best meal we have ever had. We went for the full 7 course tasting menu with matching wines plus the optional cheese course and every course got better and better as the meal went on - our personal favourite was the roe deer. Only slight dissapointment was the cheese course that had a pretty tiny amount of cheese on it - yes I get that this is a tasting menu but for an optional course which has a supplement I expected a bit more cheese. However that did not sway me from giving this place 5 stars as it was a truly fantastic meal. Service - professional but quite informal and relaxed and couldn't fault it. We visited Ambleside from Glasgow for the weekend, having not been for several years (and the choice of Ambleside as the desination was heavily influenced by wanting to try this restaurant). We will definately be back!

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    Stuart W 2019-11-25

    It has been a long held ambition to try a tasting menu at a restaurant with such a reputation for quality as The Old Stamp House and it did not disappoint. I visited with my wife on Friday evening whilst staying in Ambleside to celebrate my 40th Birthday and opted to try the full tasting menu. The service was attentive and informative, with an explanation of each course provided by the server- I particularly enjoyed the welcome broth and snacks provided by the kitchen whilst our meal was prepared. The food was amazing and it has been difficult to decide on a favorite course! The fish courses were delicious, the main course of venison was beautiful and the cheese course and deserts excellent. Every course was beautifully presented and we felt guilty to be undoing all of the work that had gone into the plating of the food. I would not hesitate in recommending this restaurant as it is truly a treat to experience.

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    rjp_leeds 2019-11-25

    Fantastic food and the service was excellent. Well deserving of its Michelin star. Can't fault it. We will definitely be returning. If you are looking to book, do it well in advance.

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    davidiS5899GD 2019-11-19

    An excellent all round meal, attentive service and great explanation of the food will certainly be back

Restaurants in Ambleside

Our aggregate rating, “Sluurpometro”, is 70 based on 1435 parameters and reviews

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Timetable:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday 12:30-13:30,18:00-21:00
  • Wednesday 12:30-13:30,18:00-21:00
  • Thursday 12:30-13:30,18:00-21:00
  • Friday 12:30-13:30,18:00-21:00
  • Saturday 12:30-13:30,18:00-21:00
  • Sunday

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