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“Lovely hotel & staff, ridiculously expensive bar food.”
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Lakeside Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Newby Bridge
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Bristol
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“Lovely hotel & staff, ridiculously expensive bar food.”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

This hotel is a lovely building, right next to the lake, has a truly excellent pool/sauna/spa area, and has a large team of very committed, friendly, helpful, and generally excellent staff. It is clean and very well-kept, if maybe a little bit stuffy in a 1930's kind of way (the staff wear black-bow-tie evening dress at night; the guide to the hotel in the bedroom notes that residents are requested not to use laptop computers in the public areas -- why not?).

But, alas, this hotel also has the most ridiculously expensive "bar food" I've ever seen. As costly as a London gastropub but frankly not as good, served in a "bar/brasserie" area desperately lacking in atmosphere. The staff did their best to put a brave face on it, but it was the first time in many years that I have been genuinely shocked at the prices on the menu, and then even more disappointed when the food was actually served; and my job means that I eat out in London an awful lot, so I am very accustomed to pricey food. But GBP28 for a steak, or GBP21 for fish&chips, in Windermere?

The next night we took the short walk down the road to the only other alternative eating place within walking distance, the big white hotel/pub on the bridge, roughly 1km due south. Here the menu costs were roughly 30%-40% less but the dishes tasted just as good, there were lots of customers, and bags of atmosphere. When we looked around the other tables, we recognised several of our fellow Lakeside Hotel residents -- if the Lakeside reduced their prices, they wouldn't find so many of their customers heading down the road to eat, and then they might find a bit more atmosphere in their bar/brasserie; simple as that.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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lancashire
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We had seen the hotel on many visits to the Lakes and as a treat booked for wifes birthday, only staying on night as quite expensive and didnt know what standards to expect, oh what a fool, we wish we had gone the whole hog and stayed the full weekend.
From entering the hotel to leaving we were made to feel most welcome, the porter took our cases to the room, parked our car and was given a quick tour of the main areas, the pool looked great.
As soon as we unpacked in the very clean and spacious room it was down to the pool. Warm and relaxed, it was ours for over an hour, We were disapointed when others arrived!!
The meals, though expensive were well worth it, with quick and attentive staff, The blackcurrant souffle is a must, (take my word for it)
The weather was good and we sat on the lawn with a pot of coffee, at £9, thought it was over priced but we had around 6 cups out of it so really good value, A tea cozy however would not have gone amiss. A small pot would have sufficed.
The breakfast, Honestly, one of the best I have had, doesnt look a lot but I was full afterwards, full english with a choice of cerals, fruit or yoghurts either before or after, cannot fault it.
The staff were all good mannered and attentive.
Cannot fault in any way

So good we are planning on our next visit, which will be a full weekend, it will be worth it

Brilliant, just brilliant

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kendal, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We only had a snack in the restaurant with cappuccino and hot chocolates but were blown away by the service, surroundings and quality of fare. We shared a plate of a medley of fish - smoked salmon, smoked haddock, soused herring with wonderful salsa, rocket salad and potato salad. The hot chocolate was served as hot milk with a solid chunk of chocolate to melt into it with a hint of cinnamon. Yummy! A pile of assorted shortbreads came with the drinks. All utterly delicious as we gazed out over Lake Windermere from a tasteful sun room attached to the front of the hotel.
Can't wait to go back, try out dinner and maybe stay the night. The pool looks wonderful in the brochure.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Just arrived home after a lovely three day stay in this fabulous hotel. The view from our room (404) was stunning, looking over the lake.
From the moment we arrived to the time we departed we found everything to be first class, great service, cleanliness, great facilities and yummy food!
Last night we had a meal in the brasserie and I've got to say it was amazing, packed full of flavour, and looked fabulous too, the waitresses were very attentive too, all round we would highly recommend this hotel, big thank you for making our stay special x

  • Stayed April 2013
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Although we have seen this hotel numerous times we had never stayed. An impulse made us book as our favourite hotel - the swan was fully booked. Unsure what to expect as the hotel seems to be part of the car park at lakeside, we were delighted to be met by a very obliging door man who not only took our bags, parked the car but gave us a tour around the hotel ! First impressions were good. Large clean bedroom although we didn't get a view. Lunch in the conservatory was very good and the staff friendly and eager to please. We had dinner in the main Resterant , food was beatifully cooked and well presented. Staff again were friendly and polite. Breakfast was very tasty. We didn't try the pool , but it looked inviting.
A truly charming , very traditional hotel, we will be back !

Room Tip: A room over looking the lake would be ideal, ground floor rooms have access to patio
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Freezing cold day and into the bar/restaurant for some heat and grub. Took a while to get service and there weren't many in the place. Eventually got our drinks and placed our order for 2 rounds of sandwiches and a portion of chips.

Took an endless amount of time for our order to arrive. If it were warmer we would have left and gone elsewhere.

Was it worth the wait? No. Definitely not! Sandwiches were dry and uninteresting and the chips had seen better days and everything was overpriced.

Staff were apologetic but the damage had been done. Perhaps they had a problem in the kitchen. Perhaps proper direction was needed but as we wont be going back.....we'll never know!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We just walked in for a bite and had an overall great experience. My starter (cheese souffles) was the best I've ever had. The mean course was fine (but I would have preferred another couple of the souffles!). Very nice kids menu, kids can create their own meal, selecting different ingredients! Friendly staff.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Lakeside Hotel
Address: Lake Windermere, Newby Bridge LA12 8AT, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Newby Bridge
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Newby Bridge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lakeside Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking nothing but the Lake.....Just a stones throw away from Lake Windermere, 4 star luxury hotel with 17m pool and the only Aveda Destination Spa in the England. Choice of 2 restaurants, 2 rosette Lakeview and John Ruskins Brasserie offering a range of dining experiences. Superfast fibre optic WIFI is available FREE in all bedrooms and meeting rooms at Lakeside. ... more   less 
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