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$33 - $62
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The Old Stamp House is a tiny place, split over two low-ceilinged rooms hung with local art, and is as quirky as its name implies. It sits in the centr...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We looked forward to our evening after our daughter had visited twice previously and loved it. It was her choice for her birthday and so pleased she asked us to go too. We received a very friendly welcome and all staff were attentive, friendly and...made our evening feel very relaxed. The food was delicious, creative and beautifully presented. Wonderful. Wine too. We have eaten at a number of Michelin star restaurants in UK and France. We really feel that this restaurant is the best in our opinion. Can’t wait to return and experience this lovely restaurant again. Thank you.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our meal here. The ingredients are all locally sourced where possible. Cooked perfectly by Chef Ryan and the menu works out about 10 courses for £95 which is great value for money and ensures every seat at every service is taken. The...cooking is safe and classical so no needless gimmicks on the plate. The Venison was stand out perfection. Our server was extremely tight on the Black truffle shaving but the little that we got actually elevated the dish to the perfect 10.I would return just for this dish. I don't like souffles , I tend to think they're a bit of a lazy boring dessert and would never intentionally order one. The old stamp house souffle is on another level and I'm actually converted. I'm so happy that I never spotted it on the menu....10/10 perfection. Have a look on my YouTube channel to check out the full meal. I really can't wait to return again , it was that good.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Late Xmas present for us. And best Xmas it was. 2nd time in a Michelin restaurant. 1 in Spain and this 1. Both great but this was by far the best. FOOD. Wine. ambience and the front of house amazing. Cartmel as now got competition...coming there way. Book and enjoy. Paul PaulaMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Believe the hype, a perfect meal of Cumbrian ingredients, cooked in a way the diner wants to eat rather than the chef trying to clever. Fabulous cookery

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were first to arrive on the evening of the 4th of January 2023, needless to say it was not long before all tables were occupied in the wonderfully cozy and yet elegant establishment. We were cheerily greeted and shown to our table where we...found a personalized letter from chef Ryan, the envelope sealed in wax, what a touch. We selected a delicious Pinot noir of Australian-(Victoria) origin and a delicious Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Firstly I must congratulate our service team who were knowledgeable and very attentive without ever imposing on our special night. Secondly the culinary journey we then began was one never to be forgotten. Described as a journey around Cumbria we were treated to some of the finest cuisine I have ever sampled. I have had the pleasure of eating in around 50 Michelin starred restaurants globally, Old Stamp House is up there with the highest achievers. Black pudding bon bons, duck liver, arctic char, last wolf beer bread, scallops, chalk stream trout, Cumbrian red deer, and a brace of desserts to die for. I would happily add full descriptives for each dish however I simply do not have time. Needless to say this evening was faultless. Food treated with kindness, elegantly plated and powerfully loaded with flavors that send the taste buds into a frenzy. Personally I could live on the scallops with potted shrimps and spiced mead veloute and the Cumbrian red deer which was cooked with the touch of a genius to perfection. Chef Ryan is an exceptional talent who clearly pours love into his food in torrents matched only by the torrential rains Cumbria is enduring this week. When a chef can experiment to this level of perfection we can only applaud his brilliance. Thank you for a magnificent experience at your restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to go on NYE… bookings open online 3 months out. There are many things that I live about this restaurant. Firstly before you even arrive the telephone you a few days earlier to check distort requirements, very thoughtful. Once there the...atmosphere is cosy, not stuffy as in some Mitchelin restaurants. The food is outstanding I really appreciate how the non meat eater food was equally as thought out as theirs. 3things on the menu were mind blowing and the best I’ve had (I’ve eaten in a lot of restaurants) The service was friendly and there were a lot of local people eating there which is always a great sign. The Menu is a great touch & the whole evening was convivial and not rushed. Definitely a fabulous restaurantMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After winning the bet restaurant in the world - the old stamp house really had to impress but it really delivered! The staff were so friendly and we had such a wonderful evening that we will never forget. The food was absolutely incredible and the...wine pairing was plentiful and with lots of lovely wines. I also feel the pricing is really fair. I will be returning and recommending to everyone I know!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well crafted, flavour full. Each course is amazingly prepared and works so well and it's as good as they say. Fantastic.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Happy birthday to me! Got lucky with a cancellation for lunch for two a couple of weeks ago and given we live less than an hour away it was a complete no-brainer. It's reputation might be off the scale but it is very very good....Lunch was excellent without being overwhelming. The trout was my fave but also loved the souffle with the birthday message 🤩 The paired wine was also excellent. It's run by lovely friendly Cumbrian folk, and is not at all pretentious as other Michelin starred restaurants can be. My only gripe would be the feeble hand drier in the toilets 🖐️💦More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing evening thank you so much, we loved every course. Make sure you match the wine for the best experience

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 22, 2022

A tasting menu to die for 🤤🤤🤤 I didn’t even get photos of all the courses I was in food heaven 🥰

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed December 16, 2022

We absolutely love a tasting menu and this one is right up there with L’Enclume , Northcote and the Gilpin. From start to finish a fabulous experience of exquisite food. I loved the personalised letter explaining each dish fully and where it was sourced. We...had the evening menu with a lovely bottle of English Bacchus. Our favourites were the hand dived scallop with potted shrimps and spiced veloute and the Cumbrian red deer, with hen of the wood ravioli, that was to die for, both dishes were really savoured. We will definitely be visiting againMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 15, 2022 via mobile

The lunch tasting menu was excellent. There was a variety of starters, a broth, 2 mains-cod and venison- and dessert. The broth with lamb was delicious. The venison was melt-in-mouth good. The cod was beautifully cooked. The dessert was an event - a pear soufflé,...which was drenched with a chocolate glaze. The portions are not large but the whole menu is enough to fill you up. Booking is compulsory. Would highly recommend.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 15, 2022 via mobile

We had an excellent lunch at the Old Stamp House, Michelin star restaurant. The ambience was warm and cosy, staff were attentive and friendly and described each dish for us. The menu was a set menu of extremely good fine dining cuisine.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed December 8, 2022 via mobile

Every course was cooked to perfection and delicious. The venison was melt in the mouth, just perfect. Great that they use locally sourced ingredients. Staff attentive and enthusiastic about the food. I cannot recommend enough, we will be back.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Wine is extra. One can order either from the wine list or the restaurant does two wine flights with small glasses to accompany each course. VAT is included in the price. No service charge is added to your bill so a tip is... More
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The bill was about £240 with drinks, wine for two. The food is outstanding though. The ambiance is dark and tables quite close together. We liked their other restaurant Kysty in Ambleside just as much at a lower cost.
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The Old Stamp House Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5