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Reviewed 23 April 2023 via mobile

Love this restaurant so much ! Stunning views of rhe glorious grounds . Elegant decor and amazing food and service. It’s also great for afternoon tea ! The pink lounge is so pretty ! I got married there in 1999 . Branston Hall is a...very special place in my heart .More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 12 September 2019

had dinner on 2 nights at this very well run reasturant whilst staying at the hotel, the system of selecting from meue before entering resturant works very well, there is supposed to be a dress code but on both nights this was not followeed with...gents in polo shirts! also on second night one diner was working on his lap top throuout the meal! staff work extreamly hard and anre very good and knowlegable will definatly returnMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 16 February 2019

We visited this cafe whilst visiting the garden centre and we were impressed. The staff were really friendly. The food was reasonably priced. We had two steak pie dinners which were lovely. Two slight criticisms would be that the food could be a bit hotter...and some of the tables are too cramped to sit at. Apart from this I would definitely visit again as the food was so tasty.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

I booked a birthday lunch for 3 people at Lakeside and have never been quite so disappointed with a meal. I will start with the positives: picturesque location, grounds and house. Very clean, beautifully maintained and the restaurant was delightful - airy and bright with...an elegant ambience. The service was fantastic. The ladies serving were polite, friendly and attentive. The negatives relate entirely to the food. Starter was squid with chickpeas, chorizo and potato. What I actually received was a tiny piece of very rubbery squid cut into 4 miniscule pieces on a sea of bland chickpeas, and bizarre potato wedges garnished with 3 rocket leaves. It just didn't work, and the flavours were very poor. The main dish was beef and mushroom with rosti potato and greens. This was a truly awful dish, probably one of the worst I've had. It looked very unappetising, and was strips of fried beef swimming in a bitter juice. I had to give up eating due to the beef being so tough and chewy that my jaw ached. The rosti was completely soggy and the greens were ever so bland. My mum had the chicken and rice, and it was strange as her chicken too was extremely tough and stringy almost. She spoke highly of the steamed vegetables and the rice however. We decided not to risk a dessert. With only a bottle of water and one orange juice a £70+ bill for that meal was painful, especially as it was for a birthday treat. I wanted to love this place so very much, and I can't understand how the meal could have been quite so bad. So, so disappointing, but we probably won't be returning.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Fantastic food. High quality ingredients perfectly cooked and served in a delightful setting. Also the wine list is very good.

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

We wanted somewhere special to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, and chose the Lakeside Restaurant at Branston Hall Hotel where our daughter got married 12 years ago. The evening was first class - the staff were very friendly and attentive from the moment we arrived...to the time we left. Sitting in the lounge with a G&T eating olives and selecting from the tasty sounding menu and a very reasonably priced wine list, we immediately relaxed. Called into the restaurant when our food was ready we enjoyed the starter (rabbit brawn), delicious and nicely presented, followed by beef fillet and lamb rump both cooked just right (medium-rare as requested). Everything was well cooked and a delight to eat. The dessert was special and unexpected though - with one dish having "Happy" in chocolate writing and the other "Anniversary". What a nice touch and made us feel really special - its definitely the little things that count!More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 19 June 2017

Fantastic food, fantastic location with fantastic staff who cannot do enough for you. We had excellent service from not only the restaurant but also the bar. Joe, Liam, Jon and Jacob one of the managers could not do enough for us during our stay.

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed 24 May 2017

Deliicous food was available, no problem with food and staff but I think this hotel needs updating. although set in beautiful surroundings, it didnt appear to be available for us to use as it was fenced off.

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

We recently dined at The Lakeside during a stay at the Branston Hall Hotel and had a very good meal with good service. The food here is of a very high standard, my wife and I both had the baked hen's egg and brioche starter...which was lovely, I had haddock and risotto for main which was good and my wife had the lamb which was cooked perfectly (a lot of places don't even ask how we want lamb cooked) but unfortunately had several seams of chewy fat running through it. Then for dessert I had chocolate torte and my wife had what she described as the best crème brulee she had ever had. This was close to being a five star meal and we would have no hesitation recommending this restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

My partner and i were blown away with the food and my fave was the Lemon and Garlic Chicken and dessert The chocolate custard Tart

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

The food here was of exceptional quality and the service was very professional. It made an anniversary weekend very special.

Date of visit: May 2016
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

Ate in the Lakeside on Friday evening, and had the most delicious meal I have ever had in a hotel. This really is what food is all about, and although expensive is well worth it for a special treat. The service was impeccable, and the...room had a very nice atmosphere especially with the views from the window. All in all a wonderful evening outMore

Date of visit: March 2016
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Decided to try the food at the Hotel before a session booked at Simpsons in the afternoon a couple of weeks ago on a Saturday. If the bar food is indicative of the overall quality of food at Branston Hall we wont be going back...to eat. We both tried the feta salad served with 'artisan' bread - what a misnomer! It was an undercooked pre-baked specimen which provided no flavour or eating pleasure whatsoever. The 'salad' required a magnifying lense to find on the plate - poorly presented, crude and not enjoyable. A pint of beer and bottle of mineral water and we were £17 lighter in pocket, The overall impression of the hotel was that it needed updating in the public areas. The pool was steamy and closed - we noticed another review since our visit - nothing had changed. I assume this place makes its money from group bookings. Cannot recommend from our experience but would highly recommend Simpsons Spa in the hotel grounds which is excellent.More

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Reviewed 18 September 2015

Beautiful local produce. We ate there twice during our stay and had wonderful food on both occasions. Lovely white crisp linen table dressing, beautiful views over the hotel grounds. Lovely staff. Very romantic. Perfect venue, good food and good wine list. Beautiful comfy seating area...for pre dinner drinks or after dinner coffee.More

Date of visit: September 2015
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Reviewed 30 August 2015

Wonderful food! What more can be said. There were so many things on the menu I'd have liked to try but only one night.

Date of visit: August 2015
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