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“Lovely midweek stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Oak Bank Hotel

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Oak Bank Hotel
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
Bolton, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lovely midweek stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

My friend and I had a wonderful time here, we couldn't fault anything. The food was amazing, we looked forward to every meal which was a real treat. The staff went out of their way to please and all the little extra touches made our stay very special. Look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2013

We had stayed in Ambleside the night before and wished we had followed our hearts to Grasmere. Grasmere is so chilled out and the Oak Bank Hotel matches this attitude. Really easy comfortable environment, staff are really down to earth, our room (just the standard) was just right and had a great view, food is awesome. Have been to a few starred restaurants and this one really deserves a star or two. Good selection of wine too. Usually book a cottage in Grasmere, but for a short notice break, without doubt I will be returning to stay and I will be going back for dinner

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

Great hospitality in a beautiful setting. Simon and Glyniss couldn not have been more accomodating. The rooms were very comfortable. The food was incredibly good. Great wine selection too.
We had a wonderful time and recommend Oak Bank enthusiastically!

Room Tip: in the front are great views of the fells
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2013

1. Location in very charming Grasmere.
2. It's near the bus stop; you don't need a car.
3. Tourists disappear around 5 p.m. so it's quiet.
4. The hotel restaurant is in a beautiful, light filled conservatory.
5.The chef prepares creative, delicious dinners.
6. Several choices for breakfast prepared from high quality, locally sourced foods.
7. The staff are friendly and helpful.
8. Comfortable beds.
9. Modern bathroom with shower/tub.
10. It's clean.

Room Tip: Room #4 is the largest of the superior rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

This is a beautiful small hotel. The food was exquisite. The best food me and my partner have ever eaten. Each course consisted of many elements and the presentation of the food was simply brilliant. The homemade bread and butter was great, my favourite was the seaweed butter. I had never eaten here before but will be returning again.
Cheap price for the standard of service and food.

  • Stayed September 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

We arrived half an hour early in torrential rain and were slightly disappointed with our greeting, but that said, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We expected a little more of room 1, which is slightly on the small size for a superior room and has a couple of bits of Sellotape holding drawers together but in the main, it was fine. We were a little hot a night, despite the weather cooling down and there being no heating on and it might be nice to have the option of a cooler quilt. The dining experience was truly a treat although if you intend to eat here for more than a couple of days, just bear in mind that the menu does not seem to change. The timing for service in the restaurant was spot on, perfectly timed courses with just the right gap. However, if you like most things, then you can just go through each of the options which were all delicious. If you like unfussy food, then you can opt for the steak and chips. The bar lounge is quite compact but this made it easy to chat with other guests in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Car parking was not a problem and you can block in other cars if you arrive last or use the on road parking.
Grasmere is a lovely central spot and we would recommend a stay at the Oak Bank Hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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OakBankHotel, Owner at Oak Bank Hotel, responded to this review, 21 October 2013
It makes us happy that BlackpoolWillows2 thoroughly enjoyed their stay and that they would recommend us. Just a quick note about Sellotape holding draws together – It doesn’t, the draws themselves are solid enough, unfortunately a couple of guests have not been as careful with the black glass faced furniture as anyone would hope and have cracked a couple of the glass tops, as the furniture is very new this is a great shame, but a lesson for us and any other hotelier/accommodation provider not to use glass in this way, very pretty - but not really suitable!
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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

This is a great small hotel. our room was comfortable and nicely furnished. It is really good that you can see all the rooms on-line, that way there are no surprises. The food was exquisite. Don't expect huge portions of "fill you up rubbish" but do expect lovingly prepared food with lots of elements to make it interesting and individual. The bread was lovely and by the time we had had all the courses we had definitely filled up. This is our kind of food!
Grasmere is a lovely place and the host should be proud of what they have achieved with this hotel. We will be back.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Oak Bank Hotel

Property: Oak Bank Hotel
Address: Broadgate, Grasmere LA22 9TA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grasmere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Grasmere
#3 Family Hotel in Grasmere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Oak Bank Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in Grasmere Village in the heart of the English Lake District, Oak Bank Hotel is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding lakes, fells and tarns. Oak Bank has two lounges both with plenty of comfy sofas and armchairs to relax in. The front lounge has a converted range and the bar lounge has a real log/coal fire. Breakfast and dinner are served in our Two AA Rosette awarded beautiful dining room and conservatory. ... more   less 
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Oak Bank Hotel Grasmere, Lake District

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