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The Priest Hole

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Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 33332
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 20:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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263 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

We decided at the last minute to make a reservation for dinner here and we were so glad we did. All dishes were excellent. Lucky for me it was Thursday and therefore “Steak Night” and my rib eye steak with skinny fries and a salad was delicious and great value at just over £16. Service was also good and wines... More 

1 Thank rwlid
Billingham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

Fantastic restaurant. Could not recommend highly enough. Always very busy so try and book ahead. Old style building with plenty of character, a real class place to eat in a nice area.

1 Thank John S
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2015 via mobile

Visited yesterday for the first time and took advantage of the 'early bird' special enjoying two courses for £14.95. Staff really friendly and attentive and food absolutely lovely! Got a 10% iff voucher for our next visit too. Wouldn't hesitate to return and recommend!

1 Thank Cramlingtoots
Chester, Cheshire
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

This was the best lamb I have ever tasted! I've talked about this numerous times since. The staff were polite and sorted out a table for us at last minute as we hadn't booked. Lovely setting in a very old building with lots of character. My partner had the steak and enjoyed it. Would definitely eat here again. Highly recommended.... More 

2 Thank JAMMYC
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

We had lunch one day , and dinner the next night,the food was excellent . Beautifully served, very pleasant staff.

1 Thank grandmother16
South Wales
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Food wasn't anything special. My wife had the chicken which she enjoyed. I had the lamb but it was fatty the waiter asked if everyone was ok with the food?, I said no the lamb was fatty to which he replied “Excellent”. Tried to get a Floater Coffee at the end of the night and that was a disaster. Bar... More 

3 Thank Andrew_Harris
West London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

We booked to come on 'Steak Night'. Glad we did as the 'fully booked' sign was out when we arrived. The restaurant is in an old building, and sympathetically furnished. Service was good and friendly, food was very good and value for money

2 Thank Owleyes25
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015 via mobile

I had the duck with marinara sauce. When it came the potatoes and sauce were cold. I complained and the waitress quickly whisked my plate away she came back explaining that if she re heated the duck it would be tough and the chef had just checked the heat and it was within the safe temperatures so I decided to... More 

1 Thank Nina W
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

My husband and I stopped for lunch here in August and what a huge disappointment it was. I actually felt angry and insulted after leaving here. I had the fish platter board which was disgusting. Horrible fishy shrimps in a metal cup smothered with sweet chilli sauce, awful stale gluten free bread, a tiny ramekin of tuna mayo and the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

Had read some good reviews about this restaurant so was looking forward to our evening meal there. We all decided on the roast dinner, it being a Sunday and all. The meat was so tough I could have repaired my shoes with it. The rest of the meal was fine but we were charged for an extra roast dinner when... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$22
Bar, British, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 33332
The Priest Hole Restaurant and Tea Rooms are part of Kelsick Old Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the beautiful village of Ambleside in the centre of the English Lake District.
With many original features the atmosphere may not be edible, but it does play a huge part in your dining enjoyment, and our friendly young team work hard in a refreshingly casual, but attentive way, to provide a relaxed and enjoyable experience.We are happy to accept single diners and large groups.
We have a delightful outside terrace for alfresco meals on those warmer days, or just to sit and have a coffee and watch the world go by. (Dogs welcome on the terrace.)
Seperate dining area for special occassion group dining.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?