A fabulous dinner out

After hearing lots of favourable reports about new kid on the block The Old Stamphouse in Ambleside, it had to be paid a visit. Our friends Si and Liz had been and given it a glowing report. With a window of opportunity a table was booked.

We could only get a table at 8.45, so a drink in the lily first though the Hendricks did go straight to my head.

The Old Stamp House Restaurant in Ambleside, Cumbria is located in the former work place of Cumbrian poet William Wordsworth, who held the role of Distributer of Stamps for Westmorland from 1813 until 1843.

The renovation of the restaurant is just beautiful and simple. For a below stairs location it’s airy and beautiful Lakeland pictures by photographer Stewart Smith hang on the walls.

The menu is just divine, our friends had the taster menu last time so we decided to have the a la carte. Would be rude not to have some fizz to start.

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Choices made and the first amuse arrived. Black pudding Bon bons with unctuous Cumberland sauce. I love black pudding and they were so yummy. I did find myself using my finger to scrape up the remaining sauce.

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Then the second amuse, a pea and basil soup with crouton crumbs. Deliciously velvety smooth and so tasty.

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For my starter I had chosen Line caught mackerel with pickled cucumber salad and horseradish. So delicate yet packed a punch with flavour. Groaning with every forkful. The rest of the table chose Rabbit rilletes and Whitehaven Crab.

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Then Craig appeared with a bonus fish course. Sea trout with spiced cauliflower and samphire. Light and delicate and a hint of curry, utterly delicious.

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For the main, the table was split. Si and I going for the Fellbred sirloin with braised cheek and pea risotto, whilst Dave and liz choosing the Lamb hogget.

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Another bonus course arrived, one of my favourite combinations is sweet and savoury together. Fantastic combination of Westmorland pepper bread, caramelised peaches and Winrow blue cheese.

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We had all decided that we would have the trio of puddings. The first one arrived, British strawberries with crumble and whipped custard.

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Then Amaretto parfait with raspberries. So light.

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Then the finale, chocolate delice, salted caramel, hazelnuts and milk sorbet. My stomach was groaning and struggled to manage it.

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Finally coffee with petit fours whilst waiting for the taxi back to Hawkshead.
If you get the chance visit this gem in Ambleside. Probably one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Simple local food executed to perfection. Actually please don’t go, we want to keep it quiet so we can get a table for future dining 😉


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