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Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere, England
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  • 46
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  • 22
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Nice Meal, Disappointing Ale Selection

We ate here whilst staying at the Wordsworth Hotel. I had the gammon and my husband had the meatballs. The meals were very nice and we shared a dessert platter to finish off. The only disappointing aspect was the lack of real ales, which had been delivered but were not ready to serve until the next... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
Smurfy1971
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I will qualify this by saying I didn't eat here, and haven't done previously - however I've been here a few times in previous years and enjoyed the escapism from the usual bar scene, I've enjoyed banter with the locals and the staff, but two recent visits didn't deliver any of the warmth or cheer. Having to book a table... More 

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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Service was fine but my wife and i were not impressed with the food quality. Cakes were less than exciting, there was an awful lot made to a poor standard. less cake but of a considerably better quality would have been better. We expected better of a 4* hotel which suggests it serves excellent food...

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st.helens merseyside
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We have just eaten in the Dove cafe and bistro. I will start by saying that the food we ordered was superb. We both cleared our plates! However we arrived at 7.30 pm and it was 8.15 before our food arrived. People were arriving after us and we're being served their meals before we were. I noticed that some of... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

Popped in after walking for a bit of lunch with my girlfriend. We both had the chicken and bacon ciabatta with chips. Very tasty. Service was quick and very friendly. Would come again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Dove Cafe has been transformed by the new owners. Lovely home made, freshly prepared food, especially the home made bread. Great location near Grasmere and Kendal with lake views and cheapest car park we found all weekend only £1.

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

We first ate here in May 2014 and had a excellent meal then so decided to return during our short stay this week. Again the food was delicious!! Couldn't fault it one bit. My steak was cooked to perfection and the rhubarb cheese cake was amazing!! I couldn't complain about anything - until the end of the meal when I... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I attempted to book a table for two via one of your waiters on the evening of Saturday 7th February. The gentleman in question was surly and disinterested - his reply to my polite question was "Tonight, no chance". No apology, explanation or anything of the sort. In the end, we ate at Potted Out, which is just a few... More 

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We ate here whilst staying at the Wordsworth Hotel. I had the gammon and my husband had the meatballs. The meals were very nice and we shared a dessert platter to finish off. The only disappointing aspect was the lack of real ales, which had been delivered but were not ready to serve until the next day. My husband opted... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We ate here one evening on our Coast to Coast walk, and it was a bit of a special occasion--our first rest day, my husband's birthday, and Mothers' Day (five of us are mothers). Everyone loved their food, service was excellent, and we felt that we got good value. A lovely, pleasant meal--superb,, but,very very good.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

What a fab little place - so cosy and inviting. Food is delicious and very reasonably priced - big portions too. Staff are beyond pleasant attending to every need. Starter, main course, coffee and beer for 2 people - 37 pounds.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Grasmere

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  • Cuisine: European

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