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“Great atmosphere - food could be better”

The Bar & Grill at Waterhead
Ranked #35 of 121 Restaurants in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$27 - US$39
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
316 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere - food could be better”
Reviewed 7 April 2012

This restaurant is within the Waterhead Hotel and, like the hotel, it aims for a slightly urban boutique feel. Decor is chic and fun with nice touches from the wall decorations and lighting. The menu nods towards fine dining but emerges from the kitchens with a slightly larger portion size and a few home cooking errors. Nevertheless, some dishes are certainly a very high standard. The night we went, our pigeon breast starter was a little too large and meat overcooked. The desert, however, was a chocolate creation that would have appeared happily on the menu at several high end eateries in London.
Service is friendly and wanting to please but some touches aren't quite right. When you arrive, I'd like the option to sit in the bar first or go straight to the table (you don't seem to get it). I'd like the staff to dispense with the plastic name tags in the evening and I think the restaurant manager should wear a suit. Picky? Minor details? Yes, but I've eaten in great restaurants in London for a similar price, and those picky details make it worth the money so let's try 'eh?
Bottom line though - we had a great night and the friendly atmosphere and full dining room with views of the lake more than made up for any criticism. Please try - especially if you stay in the hotel.

  • Visited March 2012
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English first
West Midlands
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“wonderful lakeside setting”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

Stopped off for a light lunch and managed to sit outside overlooking the lake during March! Food was very good, and service was very attentive. The interior restaurant looks very nice but we did not sample this. The hotel associated with the bar looks to be a very good quality as well - so would definitely be looking for a return trip with a stay.

  • Visited March 2012
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Spalding, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“dinner”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

dinner was vey nice but the noise of people talking was just too loud for my liking and it ruined the meal

Visited March 2012
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Thank Joanne C
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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Fantastic”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

We ate here on our last night and it was gorgeous. Very relaxing atmosphere and the food was delicious!

Visited March 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
821 reviews
406 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 317 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good and worth a visit”
Reviewed 20 March 2012

We stayed at the hotel - I gave it a 5* rating in a separate review. I have hovered between a 4* and 5* for the restaurant and finally made it 4 on the basis that there were other restaurants in Ambleside that we preferred. However, the food is brilliant, so make your own mind up!

We had a couple of good light lunches at the restaurant - excellent fish and chips, for example - and decided to eat there one evening when we had enough walking for the day.

The food was really good, the wine and beer is reasonably-priced and the ambiance/lighting is excellent.

Visited March 2012
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Thank David M
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