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“Brilliant food, nice hotel, and great staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Oak Bank Hotel

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Oak Bank Hotel
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Grasmere
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“Brilliant food, nice hotel, and great staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

The food is, of course, excellent, as many other reviewers have pointed out, but the service is brilliant also - the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We stayed for two nights, eating on both evenings. The food was so gorgeous I really did want to lick the plate, and I still bore my friends talking about it. The room was on the small side, but we knew that when we booked it. It was very well organised, however, so you never felt constricted, and the bed was extremely comfortable. There is obviously room for improvement; we were near the boiler, for example, which could be quite loud, presumably when lots of people were taking a shower. I am giving the hotel an excellent rating overall, however, because issues like this really are minor next to the overwhelming positives. My partner and I loved the place so much we have already booked another 5 days in July.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

My husband and I stayed for two nights at the Oak Bank Hotel. We had come across it following the Jay Rayner food review and we were not disappointed. The hotel is comfortable and welcoming and the service from Glynis and Simon is just right. Our room was lovely with a very comfortable bed and soft or hard pillows depending on your choice. After two days of walking the quiet nights with a wonderful sleep were most welcome. We ate at both nights in the restaurant and enjoyed our meals immensely , describing it as some of the best food we have tasted and beautifully presented. We would certainly recommend the Oak Bank Hotel for comfort and excellent value for money in the restaurant.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room on the front which was lovely and peaceful
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed for a birthday weekend and booked on the basis of the reviews in Tripadvisor and Jay Raynor's review.
I am fortunate to have eaten in some very good restaurants and the food on offer here is up there with the best.
From home baked cookies in the room through a wonderful selection for dinner the food quality was sensational. The service was so relaxed and informal it was like being served Michelin Star quality fondant your friends house.
This is now my fave place in the lakes.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

Just returned from 2 ngts dinner bed and breakfast at Oak Bank Hotel, Grasmere. We had a wonderful stay from start to finish. Simon and Glynis are so welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. We had room 4 overlooking the fells at the front, it was imaculate and everything we coul have asked for. The evening meal was outstanding from start to finish, credit has to go ti the chef. The ypung staff that were waiting on were lovely and attentive and they should bebproud of themselves. We have already booked afternoon tea at Easter and i can honestly say we will be back to stay there very soon. One of the best places we have stayed and wpuld definately reccomend to everyone

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Liverpool, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Warm and welcoming, every box ticked. Room beautifully decorated although not huge but more than adequate Refreshments in bedroom good including home made biscuits. Meals exquisite with a good choice. Simon and Glynis and their staff make you feel at home. Excellent situation within Grasmere Village. The weekend spent there was not long enough.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Pretty hotel perfectly located in beautiful Grasmere. What sets this hotel apart is the food. Every single mouthful was a delight and our meal was far and away the best meal I have ever had. We will be back soon.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

The Oak Bank fully warrants the fulsome praise that Jay Rayner has given it.Though the food is superb it is worth commenting on the whole experience of staying at the Oak Bank. From Marjorie on reception to Glynis and Simon you are made to feel especially welcome. They are in the process of updating the bedrooms (some have been refurbished); we had a tour of most of the rooms and would be happy to occupy all of them. The accolades are reserved for the food: it was exceptional. From the time to settling each evening in the bar to canopies, pre dinner drink choosing the wine from the wide ranging list to taking one's place in the dining room, it all feels special.We will definitely be back.

Room Tip: Choose at least a superior room. We liked rooms 5 and 7 (not superior but with the best views).
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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 Grasmere
Oak Bank Hotel Grasmere, Lake District

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