Booked for lunch on Sat 9th April.
The day was helped by it being really sunny and the views from the Holbeck onto the lake were great. There's even a telescope in the lounge for you to view the scenery in a bit more detail.
3 course lunch for the wife and myself was £83 including two drinks.
Was it worth it ---definitely !!!
Got some canapes with our drinks which were the bog standard bowl of olives and a not quite so standard breadsticks with a truffle flavoured cream. I quite liked it but the wife wasn't keen, I do feel that truffles are a bit of a con in that they are interesting but I find it difficult to say I really like them. Still it was a sort of freeby so what the heck.
The Amuse Bouche ( yes I know restaurants are a bit poncy nowadays--lets live with it) was a pumpking squash with gruyere cheese. It wasn't the normal smidge on a spoon that you sometimes get but a decent little cup of a really flavoursome concoction with what appeared to be miniature croutons..very nice.
I then had pressed ham hock and chicken for my starter whilst the wife had pressed guinea fowl. Really great combination of a decent sized, very pretty starter that tasted fab-- I started really getting a good vibe at this point.
For mains the I had Best End of Lamb with Swede Purée and Haggis Beignets and the wife had Roasted Brill with Apple, Potato, Celery and Cider Foam. Both of these dishes were spectacularly good and I was heard to spout the unusual phrase," I 'd pay £30 for this dish alone". Being a tight so and so who thinks we are severely overcharged in some restaurants that was a bit OTT and I apologised to the wife later, but I was lost in the moment and the taste of this great meal.
Puds , well the wife had cheeses ( yawn) and I had a date pudding. It was fine although it never really touched the sides long enough for me to get to grips with the flavours.
Then we went outside for our coffees and to enjoy the good weather.
Staff were attentive but not overly so and were also smiley and polite.
When they noticed us go outside for our coffee at the end somebody obviously figured this might become a trend and they quickly set about setting up more tables out there for other guests-- nice to see people thinking quickly on their feet rather than acting like robots.
We got nice hot bread rolls with our meal and the table next to us at one point asked for more bread ( why didn't I think of that). There was a slight delay and when they queried it they were told that this was because the bread is only delivered to the tables freshly baked ( it duly arrived a few minutes later). Really good attention to service but more importantly , instead of saying they had none when the customer asked for more they just got on and baked more.
All in all I felt that this was really good value and some elements of the lunch were pretty spectacular---definitely going again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxurious country house hotel is set in eighteen acres of private woodland and gardens, in England's picturesque Lake District. Holbeck Ghyll offers 23 individually designed en-suite rooms, most with spectacular views over Lake Windermere. The Health Spa offers a range of treatments, sauna, steam room. Food is an integral part of any guests stay, and the Restaurant, which retained a Michelin Star for 14 consecutive years, will not disappoint. ... more less
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