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Matthew's Bistro

Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
+44 15394 31234
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The reviews seemed good and we wanted a cheap meal rather than cook and the restaurant was very near to our holiday house. We were disappointed unfortunately - there was only one other table occupied when we arrived and they left soon after so the...More

Thank Judith L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Away for a couple of nights in The Lakes. Booked a table per tripadvisor recommendations. We had a fantastic 3 course meal. All elements hot and very tasty. Staff were very friendly and attentive but not over the top. Would highly recommend this place. Dim...More

Thank Captainsnackie1970
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tonight, Matthew I'm afraid it wasn't too good. I thought the lasagne and the Cumberland sausage dishes weren't great or memorable.

Thank YouGotNoFans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've eaten at Matthew's once or twice a year for the past 5 years. It's now traditional to have our first meal on holiday at Matthew's. Once again the food was excellent. The restaurant was full the Saturday evening we ate but despite this the...More

Thank familytraveller155
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had not planned to go to this restaurant but there was nobody in our first choice so we crossed the road to Matthew's. We were before 7 pm so had a set price menu. Both of our orders were very tasty and generous. It...More

Thank Carol H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here for the first time very impressed with the Bistro. Very busy night, suggest to book Both hubby and I had starters French onion soup Chicken liver pate Mains Beef Bourginon with Mash & Veg Chicken Stroganoff with Rice No room for sweets as...More

Thank DylanDogLancashire
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very warm welcome from the young ladies, food lovely pate amazing, good sized portions, well worth a visit

Thank boeing747
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ok, I’m getting old and grumpy but this place was full of kids. Hubby and I came here and ordered our meals before 7pm so paid £17 for 2 courses. Garlic mushrooms (orgasmic!!) so so nice and yummy! Then I had gammon... hubby had sausage...More

Thank Mrsyeti
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely bistro, had Thai green curry, hubby had lasagne. Could not fault the food, superb. Would defo recommend. A place not to miss!

Thank Yvonne C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A small bistro with flagstone flooring, magnolia & red painted walls with various framed prints & sketches. Wooden tables & chairs - probably a dozen or so - are well spaced, no tablecloth’s but with small individual oil lamps. Well stocked bar. Varied menú. Food...More

Thank gregoryo2013
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Questions & Answers
20 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from JaneS4747 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure...best to give them a ring :-)
8 August 2017|
Response from Matthew C | Property representative |
please ring the bistro after 3pm
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 31234
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