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Waterhead Bar & Grill

Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 0ER

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Average
Main course: £18
Food spend: £32
Opening hours
Monday to Sunday: 18:30 - 21:00.

Lovely attentive staff, great gin menu, delicious food with different dishes on offer from "the norm" and lovely dining room.

Becky Rayner 13 March 2017
from Kendal

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With a wonderfully picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Windermere, Waterhead Bar & Grill is a chic, contemporary eatery that adds modern tweaks to established regional dishes.

Carefully selected regional ingredients go into the Waterhead Bar & Grill menu, as seen in starters like locally produced artisan breads, and pressed Cumbrian corn-fed chicken with ham and baby leek terrine. International twists can be found in flavoursome recipes like Asian spiced Cumbrian pork belly with lemongrass and coriander, crisp noodles and anise scented carrots, and there is a popular grill selection of tender steaks. The restaurant also boasts a wood-fired pizza oven, cooking up hand-stretched bases loaded with premium toppings.

To finish, desserts at Waterhead Bar & Grill Ambleside include homemade Brockman's gin and tonic sorbet with crystallised lemon, and classic custard tart with glazed banana. A full wine list and dedicated gin menu are also served.

Also offering a special gluten-free menu, Waterhead Bar & Grill boasts stunning natural surroundings, and sits 10 minutes' drive from Windermere Rail Station.

Waterhead Bar & Grill

Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 0ER

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Customer reviews for Waterhead Bar & Grill

4.6 (((() (based on 20 reviews)
95% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (16)
  • luxury (10)
  • views (9)
  • private dining (8)
  • romantic (7)
  • lunch (6)
  • breakfast (5)
  • large parties (5)
  • trendy (4)
  • value (4)
  • afternoon tea (3)
  • child friendly (3)
  • business (2)
  • al fresco (1)
  • entertainment (1)
  • (((** 3 November 2017 by Katrina Kelsall from London

    The food was overpriced and although the waiting staff were very friendly they weren't that attentive and we were constantly looking around for them trying the catch their eye. The worst thing about this restaurant was the CRAZY lighting!! It felt like we were having a meal in a lighting shop! There were chandeliers directly above the tables shining directly in our faces (we changed tables to a slightly dimmer one), bright downlighters, lamps in the corners as well as candles on the tables! It was totally unnecessary and spoiled the evening for us. No atmosphere whatsoever!

  • ((((* 1 November 2017 by Diane Calise from Rotherham

    Staff were fabulous. It was my husbands birthday and they laid the table out with balloons and banners. I had tomatoe and mozzarella salad followed by the duck which was delicious. My husband had soup and steak. My boys had olives then steak and the younger one had pasta. Desert was an amazing passion fruit cheesecake. My husband had sticky toffe pudding which he enjoyed. One of my boys had ice team the other had chocolate Deluce. He enjoyed this but it was very rich. Overall it was a great meal and experience.

  • ((((( 11 October 2017 by Lynn Cunningham from Lancashire

    Lovely dining room overlooking the lake. Very relaxed atmosphere. Food was delicious- great choices. Wine was also good with excellent choices. I have to mention the huge selection of gins, some local, others from around GB and even lots more from around the world. You need to visit regularly to try them all- served in lovely glasses with lots of ice and Fevertree tonics with fruit to compliment the flavours- delicious! The staff are very friendly and attentive- excellent service.

  • ((((* 15 July 2017 by Karen Armistead from Morecambe

    Good service but not rushed
    Food 8/10 service 10/10 we were the 1st people seated and got the window table looking straight across the lake very picturesque. We ordered a moscow mule cocktail it came full of mint which ruined the drink

  • (((** 20 June 2017 by Chris Lowe from Stockport

    Excellent food and service with a fabulous view over the lake

  • ((((( 1 May 2017 by Pascal Demaine from Manchester

    Tried and failed to get in last time we came to the lakes. This time I booked well in advance and sure enough it was fully booked on the night. A birthday celebration was a great success as the dining experience and food were fantastic. Our new favourite restaurant in Ambleside. We will definitely be returning next visit.

  • ((((( 13 March 2017 by Becky Rayner from Kendal

    Lovely attentive staff, great gin menu, delicious food with different dishes on offer from "the norm" and lovely dining room.

  • ((((( 11 March 2017 by Richard Torrance from Millom

    Great service, polite and professional staff, meals excellent

  • ((((( 4 March 2017 by Joamne Bushell from Cumbria

    Food and service was excellent. Will defietly go again.

  • ((((( 3 March 2017 by Martin Bradshaw from Manchester

    My wife and I had a lovely meal in the restaurant on both of the evenings we stayed and were delighted to be seated in the bay window on both occasions. My wife particularly enjoyed the soufflé starter on the first evening and I enjoyed my black pudding. We both had the lamb shank which was delicious. On the second evening we both had the scallop starter which was perfect and I had the game pie which was extremely tasty and my wife had the beef which she said was melt in the mouth. The breakfasts were equally nice. The restaurant was nicely laid out and looked very plush with nice decor.
    The service was excellent. The staff were polite, courteous and friendly but not overbearing.
    Would come again.

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