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The Bar & Grill at Waterhead

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Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER, England
+44 15394 32566
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Beverly, Massachusetts
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427 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I ate here twice while staying at the Waterhead Hotel, and also had dessert two other nights. I ate in the bar area for both meals and had the chicken sandwich, which had a delicious sauce and tasty fries. The bar staff were very friendly and welcoming. There is also a nice area by the fireplace with comfortable couches and... More 

Thank lirwin13
Andover, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate as a party of 7, restaurant opened at 7. Childrens menu "Sam's menu" was good, only disappointment was the children's antipasti said home cooked ham, but it looked and tasted processed, Adults were all pleased with food, it was good quality, however portions on small side and menu fairly pricey. Service was excellent.

Thank Teash18
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Evening meal for two. Really nice attentive service without being obtrusive. Good size portions - we had the sharing platter to start which was really good. Wife had the vegetarian filo pastry dish which she loved. be warned it's large so if you don't have a big appetite you may want to skip starters. I had the steak which was... More 

Thank SlurpMore
Newcastle upon Tyne
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111 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked to eat here, initially imagining the Bar & Grill, but after 7:00 you dine in the restaurant. Extensive menu and impressively, a gluten free menu for me....HURRAH! I chose the scallops - wonderfully perfect - to start with and another starter for my 'main course' - anti pasta. Which took me longer than everyone to finish. My husband... More 

Thank Simone N
Ulverston, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike many hotels, the menu here is one you don't have to be a Heston Blumenthal fan to appreciate. It is up-market but not silly with it. Just a delicious and varied menu for normal people.

Thank chris0rm
Appletreewick, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have eaten here many times now whilst having had several short breaks staying at the Waterhead. Having a small dog we have eaten in the Bar Area, this is a wholely comfortable dining experience, high quality food, attractively presented. Menu is not greatly extensive though offering adequate choice. The approach here suits us, limited choices but all done very... More 

Thank John L
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sometimes restaurants that are attached to hotels can be a disappointment but not in this case. Partly a conservatory on the side of the hotel with extensive views across the Lake the restaurant is of the highest quality. A large bar area to enjoy a drink before dinner leads to a well appointed nicely furnished dining area. Helpful and attentive... More 

Thank wolf5424
Lytham St Annes
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had breakfasts and dinners during our stay. All were very good with good portions. The menu is quite varied.

Thank Kathy L
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was a little quiet, however wasn't expecting it to be busy as we wanted somewhere where we could actually here each other. The manager was very polite. Menu is fantastic and when the food came it was even better. The sticky toffee pudding was incredible I would love to have the recipe as it was the best one I have... More 

Thank charlottesimonsdukes
Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 22, 2017

Excellent food throughout and good value. Staff very pleasant and hepful. if your stating at this hotel the breakfasts are excellent. My wife and I can reccomend the smoked haddock and poched egg for breakfast.

Thank row152

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$27 - $38
Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 32566
  • This restaurant is at Waterhead Hotel

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?