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1863 Bar Bistro (Restaurant)

High Street | Elm House, Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NH, England
+44 17684 86334
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  • Excellent89%
  • Very good6%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“amuse bouche” (10 reviews)
“venison” (12 reviews)
“rice pudding” (8 reviews)
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British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
High Street | Elm House, Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NH, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We tried to book a table for 8 adults this week in Thursday. Apparently, they don’t take bookings for groups over 6 as we would make too much noise ( all members of the group over the age of 50). Weird.

Thank Ftall
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a lovely meal here on Sunday evening. Everything was good and nothing was too much for the staff. Would highly recommend the bistro and will return if we get back to Pooley Bridge.

1  Thank marklC1768VE
Reviewed 4 days ago

Fantastic food, a nice ambience with friendly helpful staff - more accolades on the way for sure. If you are after huge portions, try one of the other establishments down the road – what you get here is quality and fine dining at its best.

1  Thank geoffrobinson8353
Reviewed 4 days ago

I treated the hubby to a belated birthday weekend away at Pooley Bridge and booked into the 1863, from the minute we walked in on Friday to the minute we walked out on Sunday we had a smile on our faces. The staff were happy...More

1  Thank joanne_emrl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The menu is specially designed for foodies and those wanting a "special gastronomic experience". People come a considerable distance to eat in the restaurant and it is clearly targeted at this very niche market. If you want more basic hiking fare then the other pubs...More

Thank Freedom62453
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully quality and preparation of food that is presented perfectly. Taste sensations wonderful. Highly recommended.

Thank PeterandShirley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A definite gourmet experience for both dinner and breakfast. Everything was very fresh, creatively plated and delicious.

Thank nancyraskin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for 2 nights (our room was beautiful) but it was the restaurant that made the stay extra special. Between us we sampled 6 dishes plus the amuse-bouche and we also indulged in the recommended wines for each course. These were meals to...More

1  Thank Jackie c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It came as a pleasant surprise when we stayed for dinner, the quality of the food and attention to detail was first class, we can honestly say measures up to any Michelin star restaurant we have eaten at. Highly recommended!!

1  Thank hairbodyandmind
MarkVause, General Manager at 1863 Bar Bistro (Restaurant), responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear hairbodyandmind, Many thanks for taking the time to review on your recent visit to 1863 for Dinner. I’m pleased you enjoyed your evening, thank you for the lovely comments. Hope to see you soon Best Wishes Leah

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to treat and challenge ourselves a little by coming here which is different to our usual meals. We were slightly apprehensive but the staff were extremely helpful, professional and good at putting you at ease. It's true that the portions are not huge...More

Thank Nerak7
MarkVause, General Manager at 1863 Bar Bistro (Restaurant), responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Nerak7, Many thanks for taking the time to share feedback on your recent visit to us - I’m pleased you chose to visit us and enjoyed your evening. I will be sure to pass on your kind comments to the rest of the team...More

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7 July 2018|
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Response from Anne T | Reviewed this property |
I imagine there is a pub in Pooley Bridge showing the football, but I doubt this venue will be
Stephanie C
28 August 2017|
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Response from MarkVause | Property representative |
Hello yes our menus always have gluten free options, if you check our web-site you can see the latest menu any with GFA means Gluten Free Alternative.
Diane G
12 April 2017|
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Response from MarkVause | Property representative |
Sorry no dogs other than outside the on the front seating area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$39 - US$65
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
14:00 - 23:00
14:00 - 23:00
14:00 - 23:00
14:00 - 23:00
14:00 - 23:00
14:00 - 23:00
14:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street | Elm House, Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Eden District  >  Penrith  >  Pooley Bridge
  • Phone Number: +44 17684 86334
  • E-mail
1863 is a beautiful small restaurant with a warm and friendly atmosphere. This intimate 32 cover eating experience offers customers a relaxed fine dinning experience with seasonal menus made with local produce and expertly served up by a dedicated kitchen team.
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