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“Afternoon tea - 'okay'”

Lake View Restaurant
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Afternoon tea - 'okay'”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Enjoyed the afternoon tea but it could be improved by ensuring the service is more attentive (had to gain waiter's attention as he never once came to us). Would have liked to have been asked if we would like more sandwiches. Was then told I would be charged extra for refills of tea - when I spoke with manager he confirmed this had been a mistake as the waiter was training but what a shame I had to ask to speak with him to resolve this. In truth, it was an okay afternoon tea. Sorry, but Sharrow Bay does it so much better.

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English first
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Excellent birthday lunch”
Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed at Armathwaite Hall on a couple of occasions - my daughter's wedding was held here and we have been back for anniversary lunches.
This year, whilst on holiday, my one of our party celebrated their birthday so I booked a table for six for lunch. When booking, I was asked whether it was to celebrate any special occasion and I mentioned the birthday.
The lunch, as usual, was superb. When the desert arrived, a special birthday plate was presented by the Maitre D' much to the surprise and delight of everyone.
The whole staff are to be commended for the service, the food was excellent and the ambience is just special. Oh and by the way, the cost of lunch is very reasonable - not much more than you would pay in an ordinary restaurant.

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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Stately splendour in a secluded setting”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Whilst staying in Windermere we had occasion to celebrate a birthday. So of course, a special event calls for an extra special venue. One such place is Lake View Restaurant at Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, a boutique style hotel tucked away on a secluded edge of Bassenthwaite Lake just past Keswick.

At first the location seemed quite remote but it actually turned out to be one of the more appealing features. From our lodgings it required a good fifty minute drive. However, the scenery along the way was stunning and the traffic almost non-existent.

Although dinner is served from 7:30pm, we happened to arrive a few minutes early which afforded us the opportunity to take in the spectacular views of the lake and nearby Skiddaw Mountain. Set amid 400 acres of park and woodlands, the place seems a world away from anywhere else.

Upon entering this stately 17th century country house, one is struck by its old world charm and traditional ambience. We were attended to immediately and offered pre-dinner drinks in the lounge where a cosy open fire awaited. Preferring to eat straightaway, we declined and were instead ushered to our table in the restaurant.

The restaurant is magnificent to say the least – oak panelled walls, high ceilings and a glorious large bay window. Not by any design of our own, we were spoilt by being given arguably the best table in the restaurant - yes, the one in front of the bay window.

Our five course dinner was a fixed price of £45.95 per person and while it was perhaps one of the more expensive meals on our UK trip, it was certainly worth every penny.

Each course offered a wide and varied selection of dishes, mostly prepared from locally farmed ingredients. There were even a couple of flambé dishes that are cooked in the restaurant (a culinary treat we sadly rarely see these days in high class restaurants). Also on offer was an extensive wine list that would surely satisfy the most ardent of wine lovers.

All of our dishes were well portioned and well presented with just the right amount of time between each course. And, needless to say, the wait staff were impeccable.

We wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant to any one that truly appreciates fine dining in a more formal atmosphere.

  • Visited June 2013
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Afternoon tea”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

We went to Armathwaite Hall for our daughters birthday and had a wonderful afternoon tea experience, we sat in the conservatory which is so much better than in the lounge, with fantastic views of Lake Bassenthwaite. We had the champagne that was nicely chilled we were served lovely homemade sandwiches, scones, biscuits, tray bakes and fresh cream cakes, panecotta and tea. They even surprised us by presenting her with a beautiful birthday cup cake which was totally unexpected. The service was first class and afterwards we had a nice walk round the grounds of the hotel

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