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“Old fashioned - in a good way!”
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Lakeside Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Newby Bridge
Reviewed May 23, 2013

This place is one of those lovely old fashioned hotels in the most incredible location right by Lake Windermere. The service in the dining room is a little on the slow side perhaps, but that's the only fault I can find (and to be honest, if you have driven all the way along the winding Lakeland roads to get here, you're not in a hurry). The food is anything but old fashioned though. It is very fine indeed. Ingredients and attention to detail is impeccable but it's unfussy and quite excellent. I was much more impressed than I expected to be. The latest addition to the menu was a wild strawberry "cannelloni" with lime meringues. Remarkable. And for half the price you'd expect given the opulence of the dining room and level of attention you get.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Being local to this hotel I was amazed at the prices being charged when I attended a function. Having ordered a small white wine and a single gin and tonic the barman asked for £13.65. When I asked him how much the small wine was he did not want to tell me in front of other astonished customers, on pressing him he produced a till receipt showing the small wine was £7.75 and the gin and tonic £5.90. He also stated that the prices went up at 5.00 but had no reason why. In the local area in good establishments a G & T is £3.20 and a small wine around 3.50. This is a tourist destination and I and the others agreed this is the sort of profiteering that drives down the reputation of the Lake-district. Another customer asked to speak to the manager about why the prices had risen at 5.00 but he would not come to the bar. The Lakes are a wonderful destination and you expect a premium for their position but this type of pricing reminds me of the bars in Rome where only the unwary sit down.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Just back from a rather wet weekend in The Lakes. Despite the weather we had a fantastic stay at The Lakeside Hotel. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff - and it was good to see there were plenty of them.

We stayed in a lake view ground floor terrace room which had sliding patio doors onto a small terrace with a table and two chairs - would have been ideal if the weather had been kinder to us!
We had dinner both nights in the sin restaurant and the food was excellent.

I used the pool, steam room and sauna which were nice and quiet.

The valet parking when you arrive was a good idea. The hotel has evolved over the years we have been going and the Brasserie restaurant was a nice alternative for breakfast. We were lucky to be treated to a surprise champagne afternoon tea by our son which was excellent.

Our only negative was, as other people have commented,it is a shame that the hotel charges such high prices for drinks. I am sure that if prices were more reasonable people would stay and have a drink after dinner rather than disappear to their rooms.

We will certainly return

Room Tip: Lake view rooms are lovely but all rooms are good.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

6 Girls for Birthday celebration and Spa break. Nothing was too much trouble. Cars parked for us and bags taken to the rooms. Birthday girls upgraded. Downstairs rooms each had a terrace with views onto Windermere. Tradional styled hotel but modern touches with furnishing, art and lighting which avoid it feeling 'stuffy'.
Lovely spa . All immaculate . Staff helpful and friendly. Made us most welcome. Spa treatments are expensive compared to prices locally.
Private part of the Bistro for our meal. Friendly, attentive service.
Plenty of seating in the public areas to relax and soak up the atmosphere even with a small wedding party milling around.

Delicious breakfast. High quality, fresh ingredients, mainly locally sourced.

I'd happily also go back with my family for a short break. We'd like to book for next year. Better start a fund to pay for all the wine!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

this hotel is in the most idyllic location right on the shore of Windermere with its own private access. the staff are brilliant and cant do enough for you and the food, both at breakfast and dinner is excellent. Can't fault it and I've been here with a group of workmates on a team event and also a leisure break with my wife.

Room Tip: all are very good, roomy and clean.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Good Points:
Free Parking, excellent service, lovely room with a lake view, bottles of water in room, nice shower gel/shampoo and large shelves to sit wash bags on, good sized swimming pool which you can walk to on the ground floor wearing robes, fantastic quality food; freshly squeezed orange juice, served breakfast, dinner menu was delicious, hotel is close to steam boats for trips across Lake Windemere.

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A simple sandwich lunch for two cost £24!!, bottle of wine at dinner no less than £28!!, extra thick duvet was extremely hot, swimming pool wasn't very warm.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from a rather sad stay at the hotel to attend my Mum's funeral nearby. Having stayed there several times in the last 18 months in order to visit Mum, we have got to know the hotel staff quite well. As soon as she knew the purpose of our visit, the hotel manager Lorna was on the phone to me to offer any assistance she could. During our stay, the staff were fantastic as ever and it was lovely to stay with people we knew rather than strangers. The whole team at the Lakeside Hotel are wonderful and it would be wrong to single any out for individual praise (well maybe Mr Wilson!). If you are looking for a lovely hotel with genuinely friendly staff, look no further. Thank you so much for looking after us this week - it made things a little bit easier at a difficult time.

Room Tip: All the rooms we have stayed in are lovely.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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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: $190 - $318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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