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The Priest Hole

€€ - €€€, British, Soups
Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 33079
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“steak” (123 reviews)
“fish chips” (13 reviews)
“cheese board” (12 reviews)
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Bar, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Returned to this restaurant after many years. The historical importance of the building is attractive. Food was fine, not great but fine. Service was fast when we arrived and the place not full as it was when we left.

Thank djp789
Reviewed 4 days ago

Called for the first time, been to Ambleside lots of times in the past but never here and now we know why. Wanted to try somewhere new and although hadn't booked and was quite busy were seated quickly. It was steak night but also full...More

Thank Carol M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went around town the first night and decided to go back the next day, but the tables were fully booked. After having chatted with the service staff, they were able to find us a table (a little later) and we got back to the...More

Thank Savija P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and even better service. We arrived at 8:50pm (ten mins before closing) but the staff were really happy to accommodate us. Ordered the black and white pudding roulade -really tasty-homemade steak and ale pie, and fish and chips -very good and good size...More

Thank Jennifer2402
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent dinner at The Priest Hole. The staff were exceptional. Food super, good choices, Back soon

Thank JimmyLondonLondon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were recommended the Priest Hotel by our Hotel the Diamond Lodge Boutique who managed to a book a table for us. Had a fantastic meal, starter we shared olives and feta, also mixed breads with olive oil and balsamic- both big portions. We both...More

Thank iankSheffield
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All that you want .Good food friendly service in an historic setting in the middle of town .In ambleside you are spoilt for choice but if you can get a table here grab it before more travellers arrive

Thank johnpZ4299KQ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were recommended this place to eat by Compston House where we were staying. The food was excellent and so was the service. the dining room had original features.

Thank david s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite visiting Ambleside for 15 years, we have never eaten here but decided to try it last night. There were four of us and we went straight into ordering mains as we had had a late lunch. My husband had steak pie which he really...More

Thank Sue82013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived around 8pm, without a reservation, but no problem getting a table. We were served very quickly (almost too quickly). the starters were reasonably small but very nice - my husband had the thai fishcakes and I had the mackerel. There was a good,...More

Thank Fee667667
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Rebecca B
1 August 2017|
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Response from ThePriestHole | Property representative |
Hello We Allow Dogs outside on the terrace but not inside
7 August 2016|
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Response from ThePriestHole | Property representative |
good Afternoon Paula8455 We do have a children's menu- if you would like to see this before your visit drop me and email(unable to put email address on here TP wont let me) so visit your website and follow the links and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 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 33079
  • E-mail
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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