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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lakeside Hotel Newby Bridge, Lake District
- Lakeside Newby Bridge