This is such an inviting restaurant, with outside seating if the weather is clement, or inside amongst the old slanting walls and bare wood floors. We sampled some of the local beers: Loweswater Gold was delicious, but the Loughrigg was a bit too orange-y for my liking.
Hubby had chicken liver as starter -- generous portion with homemade chutney and chunky oat cakes, but not particularly flavourful.
For the main, he had a burger, which he thought was substantial but between the garnishes and the salad, but there was a bit too much competition for flavour on this one.
I, on the other hand, had their Festival Salad in a starter size and it was enough for me -- crayfish, smoked salmon, egg, salady bits which packed a lot of flavour even though a bit overdone on the marie rose sauce,
I finished off with a cheese board which had lots of cheeses: creamy lancashire, a delicious blue, a brie, and a wensleydale with cranberries. All were generously sized, and accompanied with some celery, apple slices, and oat cakes. It was expensive at about £8, but if you were to share it, you'd probably feel well fed for the money. (I had to take home most of the cheese, and unusually, the waitress offered to wrap it up for me before I even had to ask).
If you like steak and/or seafood, then aim for one of their speciality nights, but for a quiet night with a sophisticated atmosphere but casual friendliness, then this is a good restaurant.
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