Having been attracted to the hotel after coming across Jay Rayner's review in the Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/dec/08/oak-bank-hotel-grasmere-lake-district-restaurant-review-jay-Rayner) some time ago we were expecting some excellent food and were in no way disappointed. Just about Michelin-star quality without the front of house fussiness so many high-end restaurants suffer from. Truly outstanding and very reasonably priced - good selection of well-priced wines, as well.
We received a very warm welcome, with the aforementioned, elsewhere, sherry and shortbread a nice touch. Room, though small, was well appointed, and the bed very comfortable.
Simon, the owner, welcomed us warmly in the lounge before dinner and the pre-ordering process was as you would expect in any high-class establishment. Service in the restaurant was tight and efficient - nothing was too much trouble.
Breakfast was, as you would expect after the quality of the evening meal, excellent with a first-class choice - my wife isn't a pudding person but loved the 'peach' choice.
Glynis, Simon's wife, found time after dinner to have a nice friendly chat.
We'll be back and intend to recommend the hotel to our large family who do lots of travelling and anyone else who we feel might appreciate it.
Not everyone might share our experience - I feel sorry for Mr Tickle, but then again he obviously has high standards if he describes the food as nice enough. There was one other comment in the hotel's comments book that was negative, but hey ho, that's life (when discussing it with Glynis, she explained the situation and she accepted that some people are impossible to please).
Great hotel, great food, a welcoming environment. What's not to like.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Oak Bank Grasmere
- Oak Bank Hotel Grasmere, Lake District