I have walked past this hotel a few times thinking it was quite grand. I haven't stayed in the hotel as a guest, however decided to go for a meal. On the point about places to stay there are some fantastic B&Bs in Ambleside so not necessary to book an hotel. Although I do use hotels in cities/abroad, sometimes I find a B&B is more personal than a hotel chain and less expensive.
Anyway back to my visit. On walking into the hotel the interior matched the exterior and looked formal so expected the dining room to be the same. I was right as the décor, pressed tablecloths, furniture, waiters in shirt and tie and diners in smart casualwear it felt elegant. I felt through the evening this is the atmosphere The Ambleside Salutation wanted to portray. I am not knocking this as sometimes a formal meal/occasion is a treat. My experience of this was good, however the finer detail was missing. I sat down at a table and found the tablecloth was soiled from either breakfast or the previous evening, also I had paper and not linen napkins. I ordered the trout with broccoli and new potatoes and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The trout was cooked to perfection, however the broccoli was watery which seeped onto the plate, also I didn't get a fish knife. The waiters kept walking by and not once did they ask how my meal was until they took my plate away (empty I might add). I ordered a dessert of Banana and butterscotch cheesecake which was really nice and a another glass of wine. After 15ish minutes my bill arrived, without asking , and asked to pay at the bar.
Will I go back again..? Yes because I would like to try other dishes on the menu, however my expectations has decreased slightly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Village centre location with breathtaking fell views from the doorstep. Award winning breakfast, luxury rooms some with private hot tub, great food, fabulous leisure facilities and spa, free onsite parking friendly attentive staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Ambleside
- Ambleside Best Western
- Ambleside Salutation Hotel, BW Premier Collection Lake District