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“Lovely evening”

The Coach House Restaurant at Ravenstone Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $46
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The restaurant is open to non-residents 7 days a week and is situated in a lovely rural setting on the A591 5 miles north of Keswick.
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lovely evening”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We were looking for somewhere relatively quiet, good view, quality food and attentive service and that is exactly what we got. There were four starters, mains or desserts to choose from and all were presented well and spot on with portion sizes. Raspberry vanilla creme brulee was wonderful and we would be happy to return and to recommend to others.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank lakesue
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Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Quality every time.”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

My wife and I have had several meals at the restaurant and each one has been excellent. There is a wide choice of locally sourced food with a first rate wine list. (Not to mention the whisky). The staff are very attentive and efficient. The views from the restaurant towards Bassenthwaite Lake add to the ambience.

  • Visited February 2013
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3 Thank Geoff L
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surrey
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“nice restaurant”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

We didnt stay at the hotel but had a wedding anniversary dinner at the restaurant. We had a top rate meal, a nice range of choices, well cooked and presented and attentive service. We booked this on the recommendation of other reviewers and we can agree with what we found.

  • Visited August 2012
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3 Thank GulliverT4
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Absolute Disaster!”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We did not stay in the hotel, which does look lovely, but we did have a meal in The Coach House Restaurant. We can only assume that the Chef was either having a day off, or was having an extremely bad day! Anthony the waiter was very friendly and attentive, and we felt so sorry for him as he had to deal with the various complaints on his own. The night we went there were only two members of staff in attendance, and there wasn't anyone who appeared to have a management role. We ordered beetroot and smoked cheese salad, and potted shrimps. The salads consisted of a mountain of lettuce, a few beetroot pieces and a few small chunks of cheese. Good if you like lettuce. The shrimps appeared on toast with yet more lettuce. Things started to go really wrong when the mains arrived. Two of our party ordered goats cheese and red onion tart. This consisted of two enormous slabs of pie, another mountain of lettuce and a few very tired potatoes. The pastry in the pie was undercooked, and the goats cheese was hard and crispy. Another in our party ordered the duck confit, which seemed OK. The fourth dish was lamb cutlets which we were assured would be cooked medium rare and pink. When they arrived they were cooked to a cinder and impossible to cut. They came surrounded by a very runny gravy which had radishes in it - very strange! After making a brave attempt to cut the cutlets, they were sent back. As there were no more cutlets available, our friend ordered the poached salmon. This came long after we had all finished our meals, and looked, quite simply, disgusting. The salmon was absolutely smothered in a gooey sauce of indeterminate flavour, another mountain of lettuce and some more of the tired potatoes. The salmon turned out to be raw in the middle and was also sent back. By this time we had had enough, and asked for the bill. It arrived but was not itemised, so we sent it back and asked for an itemised bill. This arrived and was £20 less than the original bill! We have no idea how the bill was made up, but paid it anyway and left, never to return! Our meals were almost certainly not cooked by a professional chef, and we just hope they weren't cooked by Anthony, who appeared to be doing everything else! This really was the worst meal, and experience, we have had for some time and we do hope that they sort out the problems in the kitchen before too long. We weren't the only people complaining so something had gone very wrong on the evening of our visit. Unfortunately it was so bad that we don't feel we can give them the benefit of the doubt again.

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3 Thank Magsbaxter
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mikebcornish, Owner at The Coach House Restaurant at Ravenstone Lodge, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your meal with us, it certainly seems to have been one of those rare occasions when everything that could go wrong did! So no excuses just an apology. It's probably unlikely you will return but should you decide to give us another try then we would be very please to see you and to give you your meal on the house.
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London
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great bread”
Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

We dined here whilst staying in the hotel. The menu was interesting with a nice selection of dishes.

I had potted shrimp for starter which is always a favourite of mine when visiting northern restaurants. My wife had smoked Brie and spinach tart which she said tasted very fresh.

I had Confit of Duck for a main. One of the few times I have had duck apart from the crispy aromatic version. Thought it was very well cooked although I could have done with a little more of the delicious jus. My wife had the Cumberland sausage, a generous portion with thick, flavoursome onion gravy.

We were too full for desert which was a shame. Probably in part due to us tucking in to their delicious home made bread.

While this restaurant isn't cheap it is certainly worth dining in for one of your holiday meals.

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1 Thank LondonRichard
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