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Matthew's Bistro

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Compston Rd., Ambleside, England
015394 31234
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 46
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Easter weekend

Two lovely meals here over the Easter weekend. Efficient service and excellent overall experience. Would definitely plan to return.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

Two lovely meals here over the Easter weekend. Efficient service and excellent overall experience. Would definitely plan to return.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Ate here on sunday evening from a recommendation from the B&B we were staying at who even booked us in. Noticed that they had been a few mixed reviews about it of late, but was more than happy to give it a try on recommendation and was so glad we did. We had the 3 course menu which is £21.95... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Hello, Stayed in Ambleside for the weekend with the wife We found this place via Tripadvisor Thank you !!!!! Very simple inside, very clean and comfortable. Enjoyed the wonderful quality food and service Lovely staff who gave us a very warm welcome Thank you Brian & Jenny (Lancashire)

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We have visited Matthews on a number of previous occasions and have always found the food and service to be excellent. Unfortunately this years visit was quite disappointing. The food was mediocre at best and the two female staff were a little short-tempered with each other. Quite disappointing as this has always been a favourite for us in the past.

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Northumberland, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A full restaurant usually means good food is served and we were not disappointed. Good tasty food and excellent service, would definitely return when next back in Ambleside

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

We was in ambleside for a couple of nights stay,and we had heard about matthews bistro tried to book a table for the friday night but were told they was to busy so booked for the Saturday night instead,really nice food had the parma ham and goats cheese to start followed by the steak frites which was cooked well finished... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A group of friends and I visited last night and had a fantastic evening. We had meals from the mid evening menu and they did not disappoint. Meal portion sizes were generous and the food was full of flavour. This is a restaurant not to be missed. Our waiter was attentive and professional! Thank you for such a great night!

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Ruthin, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Good choice of menu.Starters were very good but mixed results with main courses. My husband had the steak ,good but froZen chips , not really In a quality restaurant. My main meal was disappointing, ,pork slow roast belly pork on a bed of cassoulet of beans. Far too many beans which swamped the dish and rather spoilt the meal comment... More 

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Ellington, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We were recommended by our host at our B&B who even booked our table for us for an early evening meal. Liked the look of the Early Evening special 3 course. We were not disappointed, a very relaxed atmosphere with friendly front of house staff. We were well aware this was not fast food and that food was cooked fresh... More 

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Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We just wanted a decent steak & chips and what we got for £15 a head was perfect. Well seasoned, cooked just right, with crispy skinny fries and some salad. A bottle of Malbec was an ideal complement. You won't go wrong with this.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Compston Rd., Ambleside, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: 015394 31234

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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