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The Priest Hole

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Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 33332
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 20:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 20:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked within a few days of our yearly pilgrimage to Ambleside for the Christmas Lights so to say we managed to get a table was very lucky. Although it was busy busy the staff, a young lady especially who coped incrediblely well with two other large tables as well as ourselves was fantastic, knowledgeable and service first class. When placing... More 

1 Thank wobbl
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came for Sunday lunch service was very slow we had a baby who was sleeping in the pram asked them to turn music down 3 times we the food came not good value at all mash far to salty so glad I didn't give my baby any and burnt Yorkshire pudding who puts raw beetroot on a Sunday lunch... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my Girlfriend for her Birthday meal. We visited on Steak night, where we got two steaks and a bottle of wine for £35. The steak was exceptional, it was cooked to just how we like it, and very well presented. The service was good, friendly and knocked about. Will recommend to all my friends and family, thank you... More 

1 Thank Tommy E
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The scene - a wet Thursday November evening. I've entered the restaurant having had a great meal here with my wife here a few years ago. Me : "have you a table for five?" Manager : "sorry, we've no spare chairs". Pause... Me : "so you cannot make one of those spare tables for four into a five?" Manager :... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had my birthday meal here with my wife! Food was superb, staff were lovely! Really quaint place! Will definitely go back when in the area!

1 Thank Keith N
Coventry, United Kingdom
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here last week on a whim; we come to Ambleside a couple of times a year & didn't eat here last year so thought we'd try it. I'm glad we did. The atmosphere in the restaurant is lovely and cosy. We were sat in the front dining room which was very nice, particularly on a cold wintry night.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chanced our arm and turned up without booking but were lucky to get a table. It’s a lovely old building and very cosy. The staff are friendly, welcoming and very efficient. We went for the falafel burger and the duck breast, both really good. We’d recommend the Priest Hole and would try and go back the next time we’re... More 

1 Thank RobLong214
Wakefield, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not going to eulogise about this gem of a restaurant, just go there and enjoy the excellent food, wonderful ambience and friendly, helpful staff. We will definitely be eating there again!

1 Thank MickWakefield_UK
Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We popped in for a lunch. I went for a lunch offer of a sandwich and a cup of soup. My partner took a new item on the menu — fish pie. The fish pie was spot on: tasty fresh fish in creamy sauce as it should be. And I enjoyed my choice too as everything was delicious, including a... More 

1 Thank Alexander G
Brentwood, Essex
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had booked a table here before my holiday, ate on a Tuesday which is there fish night, I had mussels to start which was a very small bowl of and the mussels themselves were also very small, my husband had a fish platter which was more substantial and better value. My main meal was lamb chump which was nice but... More 

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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, Gluten Free Options
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
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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?