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Mainsail Restaurant

Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
+44 1629 540363
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“scones” (16 reviews)
“burger chips” (2 reviews)
“cake” (9 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 - 18:00 Hours
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
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Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

The scones here are superb. This time I thought I’d try the cheese scones, but was amazed to find I had to pay 15p extra for a small butter. The lady serving was quite rude in demanding I pay the extra for the butter. Okay...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 527darrelly
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Those of you with bus passes, you will get 10% discount only Monday to Friday! Uncomplicated food at reasonable prices and a lift for those less mobile. A mixed range of foods at lunch time and homemade cakes to finish it off. Nice place. (Technical...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Major C
Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

The menu looked excellent and we chose the ‘ploughman’s pork pie and cheese platter for 2’ . It was tasty and the portion was more than enough for 2. The surroundings were beautiful and we will definitely be going back for more dishes from this...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank snapie11
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Excellent views aver the reservoir, able to eat outside if weather is kind.It is on 1st floor but does have a lift. Food in restaurant is good but cakes on display are not fully covered and can dry out during the day. Staff efficient and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Howard B
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Called late afternoon after having 3 hours at Brackendale spa. Were absolutely famished and had chicken and chorizo pasta which was lovely. Only downside was having to pay £3.00 to park.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank annlawcock
Reviewed 10 September 2018

Upstairs at the Carsington Water visitor’s centre is the Mainsail restaurant and café. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available, all with excellent views across Carsington Water. So often in busy restaurants / cafés no-one clears up any food that is accidently dropped on the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Andrew081
Reviewed 1 September 2018

Very friendly staff and fast service, the views from the restaurant are amazing. You have the option to sit inside or outdoors, will visit again

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 26 August 2018

We went with two elderly relatives and two yound people with good appitites!! The menu had really good vegetarian options - always much appreciated. We all really enjoyed our food and would very much recommend it as a place to have a good meal.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank MagsW1961
Reviewed 18 August 2018

went in for Elevenses...........speaking to the assistance i wondered if she was MUTE....and i apologise if she is Despite me talking to her not ONE word came back.......NO smile , NO Happy Face NO MANNERS A REALLY OFF PUTTING VISIT THEN OVER £12 FOR 2...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank brian m
Reviewed 9 August 2018

I visit often usually for a main meal. I went for tea and cake this week and like a previous review I wish they would cover the cakes which is why they only get 4 stars.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank rowan7142
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Elizabeth G
27 January 2018|
Response from 527darrelly | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but no, you can however sit in the verandah with your dog and wonderful views
2 December 2017|
Response from 527darrelly | Reviewed this property |
Only self service for coffees, scones etc, waitress for the rest
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Ashbourne
  • Phone Number: +44 1629 540363
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