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The Old Stamp House Restaurant

Church Street | The Old Stamp House, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 32775
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  • Excellent90%
  • Very good7%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (299 reviews)
“hogget” (60 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (71 reviews)
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British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Church Street | The Old Stamp House, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second visit. Fantastic as always. Warm welcome, and the tasting menu was amazing. Braised beef and venison were fantastic.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 433caths
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the most fabulous lunch here. We had the tasting menu which was perfectly balanced with great flavour in all the dishes. The wine package was good and reasonably priced. If you want a really good dining experience this is definitely the place to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Parsleytiger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had read the reviews for this restaurant and had high expectations and we were definitely not disappointed. We had the tasting menu, all the food was beautifully presented and delicious. Service was also excellent. The staff are very attentive and want their customers to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank RLBaggott
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We returned to the Old Stamp House on our visit to Ambleside this year and it never disappoints. The food is delicious, with appropriately sized portions and perfect wine pairings. We again chose the seven course tasting menu, and while it is not an inexpensive...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Louise H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant never ceases to surprise me! In the quiet period between New Year and January closure, you might expect standards to fall. Not here... absolutely stunning food which reminded me of why we keep returning to the Stamp House despite the range of excellent...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank orielh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our third time at The Stamp House and each time the standards have been high in food and hospitality. This is a dining experience where nothing is rushed and food, wine and ambience have been carefully and lovingly planned. We are often in...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank janea201
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the 7 course taster menu. Overall, it was not fantastic but decent. Some of the dishes - such as the cauliflower curry soup and cod - were too salty. In fact, the cod was also slightly overcooked. The trout dish was fresh but...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank TubbyTubs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a swell dining experience this is. The Old Stamphouse in Ambleside is the gem of Chef Ryan Blackburn. He cooks locally reared Hardwick Hoggit to perfection making your tastebuds dance with delight. The ambience, service, good & wine are all supremely satisfying. Ryan &...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Margaret R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is fantastic. Innovative food. Reasonable prices. Clever menu construction. Wonderful wine choices. Great service. Will pilgrimage back to the Lake District for this restaurant.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank domr517
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staff friendly and welcoming Food was very good and hot We had hoggett a slow cooked meat tasty and warming . Hoggit is lamb 1 to 2 years old . Mutton is two years and above. Really dark and tasty with seasonal vegetables. Try it.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank A3303XQpaulh
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22 March 2018|
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Response from AJTyson | Reviewed this property |
We didn't personally look for the vegetarian options but I'm quite sure they would make anything to accommodate any dietary requirement. You'll just need to ring and ask them. They're really nice and very helpful.
10 November 2017|
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Response from SJMW40 | Reviewed this property |
There’s currently a £65 or £50 tasting menu option. We went for the £65 last night and it’s amazing value for money! I’ve added a review just now and it has pictures of the menu and courses. Enjoy!
6 November 2017|
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Response from David F | Reviewed this property |
It depends on your group really. If you want a special meal in a quiet but friendly atmosphere then absolutely. If you are wearing paper hats and are looking for a more lively night then probably not. But what a great dinner... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$64
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 21:00
12:30 - 13:30
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Church Street | The Old Stamp House, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 32775
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