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“Lovely but expensive”

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
Ranked #14 of 77 Restaurants in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$121
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: At the heart of Gilpin is a very passionate family and team, dedicated to creating lasting memories for their guests, who return time and again for celebrations and escapes. With five stars, one Michelin Star and three AA Rosettes, warmth and friendliness are balanced with extraordinary service, exquisite décor and stunning culinary experiences at these two luxury country houses spanning two estates in the beautiful Lake District. Dine in either the Michelin starred main restaurant, ‘Hrishi’, where Hrishikesh Desai combines great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver unbelievable textures and flavours with just a twist of Asia, or in ‘Gilpin Spice’ a new informal restaurant transcending international boundaries, with an open kitchen focussing on dishes from the spice trail spanning the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan and China. At Gilpin Hotel all of the bedrooms have lovely Lakeland views, most leading directly onto the gardens - 6 Garden Suites with their own cedarwood hot tubs, and 5 fabulous detached Spa Lodges with private ensuite spas (rainmaker showers and steam rooms inside, hydrotherapy hot tubs and saunas outside) for a very special, private experience. Just a mile away at Gilpin Lake House, just 6 suites enjoy exclusive access to 100 acres of grounds, including a stunningly beautiful private lake, boat house, pool, hot-tubs and spa.
Reviewed 12 September 2017

We visited Gilpin Spice for a family meal at Sunday lunchtime. The staff welcomed us warmly and were very attentive and helpful throughout our time there. I am not a connoisseur of Indian cuisine but the food was delicious and my dietary needs as a coeliac disease sufferer were well catered for. Our one criticism would be that the portions were small - the sharing plates, we felt, were inadequate for two people - and we could certainly have eaten more. So, although dinner at Gilpin Spice was a very pleasant experience, we don't plan to return as we don't feel that the small portions served warranted the large bill we received at the end (even without any alcoholic beverages).

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Thank Parkavenue34
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

The setting and whole design of the Gilpin Spice restaurant is delightful. It is beautifully laid out with the option of table or kitchen bar eating. It felt good to be sat there watching the chefs at work and having a chat as they prepared the dishes. We went for the vegetarian tasting menu which proved to be good value. The tomato soup (sounds so basic just writing tomato soup) was the best we have ever tasted, absolutely divine. The puffed rice salad and slaw were lovely. To follow the Singapore style fried paneer and crispy potato dumpling continued the great experience. It was tough to maintain such a high standard and we had different views on the laksa which was ok but not special. The vegetable curry was just a vegetable curry. Seasonal veg could have been crisper. Service was good and efficient and we asked for the meal to be paced as it could have all happened too quickly without us asking to slow down. This aspect needs managing a bit more carefully. We will definitely go back and put our own choices together next time. Needs a little tweaking to get the full 5 stars but would recommend a visit here.

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Thank Green2Amber
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed at this beautiful hotel last year & ate in the Hirishi restaurant, it was fabulous & everything you would expect from a Relais & châteaux hotel.
We were dying to try out Spice so were looking forward to our evening there whilst on holiday in the area. The restaurant exudes class & style, it's truly beautiful.
We were hungry when we sat at 6.30pm as we hadn't had lunch & I was still hungry at 8.30pm when I left!
We knew it was tapas but it was a bit odd. I ate the hot & sour soup & laksa & was told I would need rice with it to bulk it up but it had noodles in it. As Tapas, I'm not sure how we would share that, there wasn't enough & at £17 not sure I'd want to! We also shared a flatbread.
My parents really enjoyed the taster menu & that seemed more filling but two people need to order it & my husband wanted the laksa also.
I would love to give the restaurant another go when we're up there again but will have lunch before I go!

Thank Mellfell21
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

We visited Gilpin Spice when our family of two adults and two teenage boys were up for a family birthday. They had heard about Spice and we were all eager to try it.

The organisation of the menu seemed overly complicated but we followed the advice of our waiter.

Tip 1 - order more than you think as the sharing plates are not for big appetites.

We started with 2 Satay Study (£18)
2 Hot and sour soup Dtom Yum (£16)
1 Flat bread duck and 1 flat bread chicken tikka (£18)
The Satay Study were tasty but small and would have been better shared between 2, not 3. They were not particularly special though.

The flat breads were super but again we could have eaten one each without sharing.

My soft crab (£9) was more crispy than soft. Again very tasty but not what I was expecting.

Others had 2 x tiger prawns (£18) 3 chicken tikka (£45) and 3 rice (£12) All very tasty and nicely presented. The chicken tikka dish was particularly notable.

1 portion of seasonal vegetables (£4) was disappointing and not easily identifiable.

Puddings included Japanese Cake (£7) - stunning!
Alphonso Mango (£7) delicious
And a pineapple and coconut dessert (£7) Mouthwatering.

The experience was novel and we enjoyed the food. The environment however was very noisy as the kitchen forms part of the room.

Tip 2 Ask for a table in the Chinese Room. This has soft furnishings, comfortable seating and is away from the kitchen area.

Total bill including a bottle of 284 Gruyere Veltliner at £46 and my slim line tonic (Fevertree ✅ at £3) came to £280.

Service was good, but even the staff found it difficult to interpret accurately what the menu actually meant. Maybe a simpler approach would help diners?

For a very special family event it made a nice experience. We will return there as a couple but will choose our food more carefully next time as it is too expensive to go home hungry.

Thank Cumpston
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Went to the restaurant with Hi-Expectations because of reviews
Booked table online 8.30
Ordered off all 4 sections of the menu expecting a nice long evening with my wife
Could not of been more wrong
Force fed all the dishes from snacks to large plates in 55 mins flat
Dishes piling up going cold no breaks even before large dish
Food was of a standard but when its cold and forced you really get the full experience
Basically kitchen just wanted to close never mind the guests

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