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The Priest Hole

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, British, Soups
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Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 33332
12:00 - 20:30
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 20:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 20:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here on a Saturday night and they managed to fit us in without booking. She even said she would fit us in a spot that wasn't booked all night so we didn't have to rush. The food was lovely especially the stuffed peppers for starters and the steak for main was perfect. The service and staff were great,... More 

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Barnetby le Wold, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited just after New Year, the restaurant was quiet but soon got busy. The food was excellent and the service was also very good. My partner is vegetarian and often struggles to find nice meals but was very pleased with her mushroom ravioli dish. I had steak and it was cooked to perfection - medium rare, which I find... More 

Thank stufarky
Preston, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant looked lovely and the staff were welcoming and helpful on arrival so a great start to a special evening....or so we thought. Unfortunately the food was disappointing and over priced. I get that it is New Years Eve and therefore you expect to pay more than normal but £32 for half a lobster each, which amounted to two... More 

Thank Sarah S
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I ate here during a short break as probably as our third choice as the other two that were higher rated according to TripAdvisor were either shut or fully booked. However we really enjoyed our evening here. It was snowing outside but so cosy inside. The staff were very friendly and the service was spot on. The... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided at short notice to stop off on the way home from Scotland for a night and booked into a guest house in Ambleside. This restaurant was recommended by Lynn the owner of Melrose Place and we are so glad she told us about it. The restaurant itself was really quaint, staff were delightful and attentive, it had the feel... More 

Thank JulesH1970
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Limited time available before our return boat trip, craving a cream tea and all cafes and tea rooms full, we stumbled across this place by chance and luckily they had a free table! Friendly staff, lovely historic building and delicious food. 3 of us had cream tea, with comments of "this is the best, most delicious scone I've had in... More 

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Retford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The give away should have been it was the only available restaurant on a Saturday night. Although the waitress was very apologetic about the food she was embarrassed by what was delivered. The steak was mainly gristle and the mouse was solid so had to be sent back. The couple next to us had a chewy lamb shank which they... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in Ambleside between Christmas & New Year and ate out every night. There are some excellent restaurants in Ambleside & we loved The Priesthole - it is interesting reading about its history while enjoying a drink before the food. We were impressed with the food - my partner had the game pate & then the fish pie which... More 

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Whitley Bay, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An old building that needs a internal refurb. Our table of twelve were served decent food and the staff were great.

1 Thank Heather G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really great place, food top quality, not pub grub!!! Staff really helpful, nothing was to much trouble. Can't wait to visit this pub very soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$22
Bar, British, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 33332
The Priest Hole Restaurant and Tea Rooms are part of Kelsick Old Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the beautiful village of Ambleside in the centre of the English Lake District.
With many original features the atmosphere may not be edible, but it does play a huge part in your dining enjoyment, and our friendly young team work hard in a refreshingly casual, but attentive way, to provide a relaxed and enjoyable experience.We are happy to accept single diners and large groups.
We have a delightful outside terrace for alfresco meals on those warmer days, or just to sit and have a coffee and watch the world go by. (Dogs welcome on the terrace.)
Seperate dining area for special occassion group dining.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?