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“Umm...thought long and hard”

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Ranked #15 of 77 Restaurants in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $122
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: At the heart of Gilpin is a very passionate family and team, dedicated to creating  lasting memories for their guests, who return time and again for celebrations and escapes. With five stars, one Michelin Star and three AA Rosettes, warmth and friendliness are balanced with extraordinary service, exquisite décor and stunning culinary experiences at these two luxury country houses spanning two estates in the beautiful Lake District.  Dine in either the Michelin starred main restaurant, ‘Hrishi’, where Hrishikesh Desai combines great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver unbelievable textures and flavours with just a twist of Asia, or in ‘Gilpin Spice’ a new informal restaurant transcending international boundaries, with an open kitchen focussing on dishes from the spice trail spanning the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and China. At Gilpin Hotel all of the bedrooms have lovely Lakeland views, most leading directly onto the gardens - 6 Garden Suites with their own cedarwood hot tubs, and 5 fabulous detached Spa Lodges with private ensuite spas (rainmaker showers and steam rooms inside, hydrotherapy hot tubs and saunas outside) for a very special, private experience. Just a mile away at Gilpin Lake House, just 6 suites enjoy exclusive access to 100 acres of grounds, including a stunningly beautiful private lake, boat house, pool, hot-tubs and spa.
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Stayed here with my parents. The inital welcome was fine and what one would expect but then it all went a bit flat. Yes, everything you want is there, rooms are great and that staff try but there is something lacking that pulls it all together. This was seen particularly during mealtimes. Indeed, at Breakfast, we waited for over an hour for our 'full english' with the only explanation being, 'it wont be long'. When we checked out no one asked whether we had enjoyed our stay, just took our money. To be fair, I just dont think this place was our kind of thing.

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10  Thank bigbloke
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

The champagne pre ordered promptly brought outside to us
Great meal,surpassing L'Enclune and almost Holbeck Ghyll or Andrew Fairlie standard
Some very nice personable and efficient staff
Well tended and comfortable place

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1  Thank HarryManchesterUK
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

We dined at Gilpin on our last night in the Lakes, and we had a truly memorable meal. From the moment we walked through the door, to being walked to the car with a brolly in the pouring, we were totally pampered and looked after. The pre dinner drinks in the lovely modern, comfy lounge were delicious: do try the Coniston Lager and the Melon Patch cocktail (my choice.... I was driving). Canapes were just right, a real treat for the taste buds. Mr S chose Essence of Duck as a starter which was pure theatre: a mortar and pestle (warmed of course), with oriental herbs and spices which Mr S was asked to grind to his preference, then a pot of steaming, fragrant duck broth was poured over.... it was consumed as fast as Mr S could get his spoon from the bowl to his mouth and back again. He was gracious enough to allow me a little sip and it was truly delicious. I opted for salt cod, which was tender, gently salted and just the right amount of crispy coating. Mains were Langoustine with Saffron tagliatelle and brown shrimps with a shellfish bisque sauce. Again delicious and an absolute picture on the plate. I opted for fillet of beef with braised cheek, horseradish pomme puree and spinach. I like my beef rare, but hot - no easy feat, but Chef got it just right and I wolfed the lot off. Pre dessert? Zingy, fresh, fruity lime granita with a cloud of coconut foam - gorgeous (and I don't like coconut (or at least I didn't)). Desserts carried on the theme of perfection - a plate of cherry desserts, chosen because of the Elysium Black Muscat as an accompanying wine (more later), and I had cheese with wafer thin homemade biscuits and some walnut bread. All this was rounded off with chocolate macaroons, pistachio nougat and a chocolate pate sable with a touch of buttermilk. Phew - all that from memory, I told you it was memorable:-)
Gilpin offer a set price 5 course meal for £58 pp.... believe me it's great value. We dined at another feted establishment the previous night, which I've also reviewed, paying way over the odds and was very disappointed. If you consider the quality of Gilpins ingredients, the skill of Chef and his brigade, the effort the restaurant team go to, £58 pp is EXCELLENT value. We dined in 3 fine dining establishments, Gilpin cost the least and was by far the best.
Anyway, each course has a wine pairing which is detailed on the menu, at an additional cost. Mr S, went the whole hog, and had the appropriate wine declaring each more fantastic than the previous, and they don't stint on measures either. Of course, there's a separate wine list, but in our experience the Sommelier is the best placed person to choose wine - he knows his list, and he knows the food.
Finally, if wine is your "thing" the Sommelier is more than happy to show you around his walk in cellar, so you can browse and choose exactly the right bottle for your meal.
Do go and give it a try - you won't be disappointed

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Thank Joshnosh
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

We were a small party of friends who took up a dinner reservation at the end of June at Gilpin Lodge believing it was an establishment that offered a quality dining experience.
Initially there was no special personal welcome or explanation, just the usual presentation of menu and wine list. When we were transferred from the bar area to the restaurant several of our sparkling wine glasses were lost on the way, and during the meal the wine waiter made unnecessary, disparaging comments about the wine choices. Regarding some of our food choices, the crab starter presented in a glass bowl was served at far too low a temperature and rendered a fresh crustacean taste void, the duck breast was not tender or tasty, the langoustines (an additional £5 charge) were disappointingly limp and lacking in taste, and the cherry cake seemed hard and stale, only a soufflé amongst our dessert choices seemed appetising.
Overall it was a flat and disappointing dining experience, that is, until a row and consequent extended fight broke out in the lounge at the end of the evening. There was no one proprietorially in charge at this point in the evening (a manageress who had been around earlier in the evening was no where in sight) and the existing staff were totally overwhelmed and unable to cope. Only at our repeated insistence did they call the police but it was an unpleasant and lengthy occurrence . We were relieved when our taxi driver managed to extricate us and transport us to the comfort of our home.
We regularly stay in the Lakes and dine in more worthy, less hyped and more discreet establishments. We won't be returning to The Gilpin Lodge.

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10  Thank lilianfels
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

From the hospitality when we walked through the door, to the service and great food everything was brilliant.

Thank you an excellent meal.

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Thank Tanley
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