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“A truly special place with the most amazing vegetarian food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Lancrigg Hotel

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The Lancrigg Hotel
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne
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137 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“A truly special place with the most amazing vegetarian food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2013

On navigating the narrow track up the hill to Lancrigg, we were greeted by a stunning looking old country house, nestled in its own grounds with beautiful views out over the Lake District countryside. Our rooms were nicely furnished and cosy, with clean bathrooms and very high quality toiletries. A short stroll towards the cragg before it got dark was enough to show us the true beauty of the surroundings here and work up an appetite for dinner...

And what a dinner! In the lovely relaxing dining room, we enjoyed an unrushed three-course vegetarian meal of the very highest standard. As others have described in reviews here, the food is top notch and some of the finest vegetarian fare we have experienced anywhere in the world.

The isolated location meant a very comfortable and quiet night's sleep and we only had time for a short early morning walk the following day before the filling and varied breakfast saw us ready to leave Lancrigg to journey on. We left here feeling that we'd experienced somewhere very special indeed - and we will be back!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013

We have stayed here a couple of times for weekend breaks while visiting the lakes. This is a very special place, a large county house with grounds in which to walk and set overlooking the beautiful Easedale valley. The service is personal and genuine, and the restaurant deserving of a Michelin star - it is vegetarian restaurant and I am a meat eater but would eat here every time. Breakfast too, is a revelation. In short, this is a place of retreat, tranquility and lakeland beauty; my only regret is that we didn't find it a lot earlier.
Nick Jones

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bradford, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

We had previously eaten at Lancrigg but not stayed there, so it was fantastic that our expectations were matched - the room was spacious and comfortable, the view from the window excellent and the grounds ideal for a quiet stroll. The only problem, as ever with the Lake District, is the number of excellent restaurants and cake shops to choose from, but the breakfasts were superb and the evening meal delicious, especially the (normally humble) salad.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank RalphGMWilliams
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sequoya, Owner at The Lancrigg Hotel, responded to this review, 7 June 2013
Dear RalphGWilliams
We are very glad to hear that we matched expectations as it is so important to us that we get this right for people coming to stay here for theit holidays. Myself and the team thank you for taking the time to write this great review and we look forward to welcoming you back to Lancrigg.
With best Wishes
Robert Whittington
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Redditch, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013

Return visitors (after a long absence) to fondly remembered Lancrigg, and the only changes are good ones. New bathrooms, even more attentive staff, excellent, varied menu and a wine list to make choosing a drink the most difficult decision all stay!
Robert and his team know exactly how to make guests feel welcome and looked after without "smothering" you, the house has soul and character (we stayed in the Wainwright room, heartily recommend it) and the location is pretty much perfect for exploring Grasmere and the Easdale valley.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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sequoya, Owner at The Lancrigg Hotel, responded to this review, 7 June 2013
Dear ConnieLisaYoung
Thankyou for taking the time to write this splendid review and we are very glad to that you enjoyed your stay so much. it is such positive feedback on our efoorts that makes the work so worthwhile. I hope that you will return here again soon.
Best wishes Rob Whittington
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

For: Kitty Crag is a lovely house set in the hotel grounds. Clean, warm & comfortable- very pleasant and quiet with guest lounge. Staff helpul and grounds lovely. Can't comment on food as we were usually out. Lovely walks right from front door though at least 1/2 mile from Grasmere if walking is not your thing.
Against: Erratic phone signal so difficult to call home.
Driveways and parking areas very rough and confined. Difficult to manoevre safely due to loose stones, sloping ground and overgrown bushes.
Woodland walk from Kitty Crag to hotel lovely but treacherous in dark (torches provided)- use driveways instead.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

A fantastic stay at Lancrigg. The food was amazing, every meal a delight. Staff were helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them. Our room was cosy and clean and with lovely old pieces of furniture. The location is quiet, beautiful and stunning. So lovely to be able to walk from the door. We loved it so much we had to stay for an extra night!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2013

My second trip to Lancrigg in about a year, and just remembered what I have been missing on my travels. The drive up from Manchester was busy, being the start of the Easter weekend, and the weather was absolutely freezing, but once we came off the motorway it was a whole new world.
The traffic disappeared and the beautiful scenery and sunshine of the Lake District with the snow on the hills was breathtaking. From the motorway to Lancrigg Hotel was another half an hour. On entering the warmth of the Darwin room it felt like we had entered paradise. Heaven was yet to come!
Without a doubt it was definitely one of the best vegetarian meals I have ever eaten. Roast butternut squash, hazelnut and orange tart with griddled peppers and courgettes with a piquant tomato sauce, dauphinoise potaoes and steamed broccoli. Cooked to perfection. Eat your heart out, M.& S.! Even more was yet to follow. I missed starters because I remembered Lancrigg portions are normally large, but made up for it by pigging out on 2 ½ desserts! The crème brulee with rhubarb and cardamom, followed by home made ginger and honey ice cream, then I couldn’t even resist finishing off my daughter’s chocolate and toffee nut sundae! What the hell, you only live once, make the most of it!
I did try to make up for it with a walk round the beautiful gardens afterwards, only to be confronted with the sight of a small herd of deer only metres away. They obviously knew Lancrigg is a vegetarian hotel because they showed no fear at all of a fat non-vegetarian coming their way.
Unfortunately I heard that Lancrigg Hotel may be changing hands later in the year. I hope the future owners realize the superb standards of quality, restauranteurship and hotel management the current owners have built up over time.
Don't forget to ask the hotel owner Mr Whittington for his anecdotes, especially the one about the big Texan cattle rancher who booked in by mistake for one evening, but ended up staying another three, or about the squatter owl, and last but not least the one about the naked woman in the wardrobe! Basil Fawlty beware!
All in all, this is one hotel and restaurant one should not miss!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Lancrigg Hotel
Address: Easedale Road, Grasmere LA22 9QH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grasmere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Grasmere
#3 Romantic Hotel in Grasmere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lancrigg Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lancrigg Hotel is set in the totally peaceful and picturesque valley of Easedale, 1/2 mile from Grasmere. The accommodation is comfortable and relaxing and makes a wonderful escape from a busy world. The house has many connections with past and present writers, artists and musicians. The Kitchen at Lancrigg is open throughout the day for coffees and meals. The food is imaginative and freshly prepared with daily specials ... more   less 
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Lancrigg Vegetarian Country Hotel
Lancrigg Vegetarian Country Grasmere
The Lancrigg Hotel Grasmere, Lake District

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