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The Ilex Bar and Brasserie

The Courtyard Holker Hall And Gardens, Cark LA11 7PL, England
+44 7860 944474
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  • Excellent84%
  • Very good7%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“salmon” (4 reviews)
“sandwiches” (4 reviews)
British, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
The Courtyard Holker Hall And Gardens, Cark LA11 7PL, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eaten here a couple of times. In the evening serves high quality a la crate food in very nice surroundings. Visited for the winter market and had a good value buffet again in very nice surroundings. BUT the staff are amazingly helpful and pleasant. Can’t...More

Thank mrb346
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm used to visiting stately homes and normally the food can be ok but nothing special. We visited Holker hall today and to begin with we were impressed with how smart the Ilex Brasserie dining room looked. I have various allergies and enquired if they...More

Thank Nino M
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Looks like the afternoon tea is something very special,,,,,, quite massive!Lots of variety and different tastes to tempt the taste buds.

Thank John S
Reviewed August 4, 2018 via mobile

Saturday 4 August The Pop Up Pizza was closed at 7pm as a private event was going on. It was excellent two week before but for us to go to the trouble of turning up hoping for a pizza was very annoying.

Thank kingfisherpm2017
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

I came here today for a family meal and the food was lovely. I thoroughly enjoyed my roast lamb dinner and my smoked salmon on toast and the desserts were fantastic.

Thank Mossman19
Reviewed May 6, 2018

The booking was handled efficiently and politely. Service was prompt and efficient. The surroundings were attractive. The food was of a very high standard and at a price that made a Londoner's eyes pop. I would expect to pay much, much more for a meal...More

Thank Borderer12
Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

Bearing in mind we visited when a food fair was on and the fact that they have their own deli and shop I was thinking the food would be super tasty. In reality the jacket potato was completely over cooked and rock hard on the...More

Thank Jon E
Ben G, Manager at The Ilex Bar and Brasserie, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2018

Thank you for your review. We are sorry that we did not meet your expectations and we have passed on your comments. This review is actually of our cafe next door to The Ilex. We hope that you come and try us again soon so...More

Reviewed December 2, 2017

We booked in for the "Christmas Meal" on the 24 Nov 2017, this was advertised locally as a 3 course with a welcome drink on arrival. We arrived at about 7pm and were shown to our table and asked what we would like to drink...More

Thank TheMechanic54
Ben G, General Manager at The Ilex Bar and Brasserie, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2017

Hello There I am very sorry to hear your experience did not live up to your expectations. The offer you received was exclusive to our Holker Holiday Parks Members A three course Christmas meal with coffee and mince pies, entertainment, and a welcome drink That...More

Reviewed November 17, 2017

The Ilex Bar and Brasserie always delivers a good afternoon tea. All items really fresh and delicious with good quality teas on offer. Staff attentive and friendly. A great way to spend a pleasant afternoon.

Thank lakelover908
Reviewed November 12, 2017 via mobile

Quality a la cart food, nice surrounding with good service. I would say it can be very quiet. Especially Friday night when the holler holiday site is changing over. But if you like it quiet then this could be the place for you. Worth a...More

Thank mrb346
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Questions & Answers
September 14, 2018|
Response from 515beng | Property representative |
Hello there, yes we do offer a Sunday Roast Lunch along side our regular a la carte menu. Locally sourced Beef and Lamb with all the trimmings. Many thanks
December 17, 2017|
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Response from 515beng | Property representative |
Hello There Our afternoon tea is £14.95 per person For a selection of finger sandwiches, mini patisserie and traybakes, scone with jam and cream Tea pigs tea or Holker blend coffee Regards
October 31, 2017|
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Response from 515beng | Property representative |
Hello there. At the moment dogs are allowed in the courtyard and cafe area but not the restaurant. We shall be putting on some dog friendly events in the new year. Regards Ben
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$26 - $64
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Courtyard Holker Hall And Gardens, Cark LA11 7PL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Cark
  • Phone Number: +44 7860 944474
  • E-mail
The Ilex is a bar and brasserie located at Holker Hall & Gardens which opened in April 2016. We serve stunning British food sourced from the Holker Estate and many other local sources in Cumbria.
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