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“Very generous Afternoon Tea”
Review of Overwater Hall

Overwater Hall
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Ireby
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Between Christmas and New Year, six of us went for Afternoon Tea at Overwater Hall. We booked ahead for 3pm on Friday, 28 December. We were taking American couple, my daughter and her Canadian boyfriend. We should have checked the map more carefully as we took a circuitous route to the hotel, and satnav is not helpful. But on arrival, the place is a delightful old English Country House, standing in its own grounds, and Steve (the owner) was pleasant and welcoming.

We were seated in the lounge in comfy chairs around a low tea table. Our guests were entranced by the room and keen to know more about the history of the house. Most of the comments, however, were reserved for the ample sandwiches, scones, cakes, etc. None of the dainty 'pop it into your mouth at one go' here, This was a beautifully presented and served proper English Afternoon Tea which charmed our guests.

We would definitely go again.

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Thank Daisy005
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

I live within a few miles of this hotel and restaurant and cannot now understand why I have not visited it before. It is in a beautiful and peaceful setting close to one of the Lake District's small and lesser known lakes, Overwater. Our meal began in a comfortably furnished lounge with G & T and canapes. My starter was full of differing but complementary flavours, consisting of intensely flavoured hot-smoked salmon layered with crab and an avocado mousse and accompanied by an even more intensely flavoured lobster jelly, while my friend had a king scallop with langoustine ravioli and coconut broth, an equally successful combination of flavours. The fish course (no choice at this stage) was a mildly curried cream risotto of crab, very subtly flavoured. For my main course I chose a supreme of duck on honeyed root vegetables with duck confit on pommes Anna, a smoked duck croquette and a wonderful sliver of seared foie gras, accompanied by a fig compote, a complete triumph, while my frind chose fillet of beef on a shallot tart tatin, again with seared foie gras. We could have argued endlesly about which if us had made the better choice! Desserts are not really my "thing", but again there was an excellent choice, with coffee and petits fours in the lounge to follow. With half a bottle of white wine and a bottle of red, carefully chosen for value from a good but fairly expensive wine list, a memorable meal for two, including pre-dinner drinks, came to £134, for food of real quality, put together with imagination and style. Service was pleasant, efficient and unobtrusive, as it should be in a restaurant of this quality. To quote Arnie, "I'll be back!"

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