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“Still good but past its best?”
Review of miller howe

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Ranked #36 of 74 Restaurants in Windermere
Price range: US$44 - US$57
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: If the Lakes are the jewel in the crown of Britain’s countryside then Miller Howe must be the Queen. Why? Because this restaurant is wearing that jewel well. With the most stunning views possible over the beautifully English Lake Windermere, you probably wouldn’t notice if you were sat on a polyester sofa and served up a Kwiksave ready meal. However, take your eyes off the windows for just a moment and you’ll notice that the surroundings are comfortable, good looking and with somehow more than a little taste of Italy. Although A La Carte options are available, most diners will delight in the Set Menu which boasts the very finest dishes using quality British ingredients.
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Still good but past its best?”
Reviewed 22 March 2012

This was, and remains, an iconic venue and I can see why, in their heyday of John Tovey, it rose to the dizzy heights it occupied. Turning up this mid-March I think that it has slipped from its earlier position. Still showing its eclectic selection of wonderful furnishings and decoration, it is nonetheless just a bit tatty round the edges. Nothing you could complain about, but the point of an iconic venue is that you should positively praise it rather than simply have nothing to complain about. The tattiness was replicated in the dress of our server – his short was crumpled and greying, his trousers clearly ‘well-worn’ – just not quite what I had either hoped for or expected.

We were seated for lunch of one of the small tables looking out over the lake and indeed the lake views for which the place is renowned are truly spectacular. I was surprised to find only two or three other tables occupied, but we did turn up at 13:30 lunch so perhaps it had been busier earlier in the day?

My starter of roast pigeon breast served on a disc of black pudding and sandwiched with apple purée was good, even if the pigeon breast may have been slightly overcooked. My wife had twice cooked cheese soufflé which was simply outstanding, light, crusty and deeply cheesy - everything she soufflé should be.

I'm writing this just over 24 hours after the meal and having trouble remembering what we both had for our main course-what does that say? Ah, now I remember! I had “Grilled Lemon Sole, Brown Shrimp, Prawns, Gherkins and Capers, Creamed Potato” – well executed with a perfect buerre blanc sauce but a few too many capers which occasionally took over form the delicate sole and prawns. Our other dish was a “Crisp Confit Guinea Fowl Leg, Red Onion Marmalade, Salted Potatoes, Poultry Jus” – my wife reported it to be excellent. It must have been because I didn't get to see any of it!

My wife’s dessert could have been described as a deconstructed lemon meringue pie. A not quite acid enough, but perfectly okay, little tarte citron with a brulee crust was served with a few piped blobs of meringue, some raspberries, crushed pistachios, an excellent raspberry sorbet and a certain aplomb - it was excellent. I chose and a rhubarb crumble served with creme anglaise and a rhubarb ice cream. The rhubarb was just the right side of sour, the crumble crumbly and tasty, the creme anglaise spot on and the ice cream superfluous.

We asked for both normal and decaff coffee – only one pot came, and as our server disappeared we were unable to check which it was. ‘Petit fours’ were two chocolates each.

All in all, we enjoyed our visit but I left a little deflated and underwhelmed.

Visited March 2012
Thank GeoffR
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Windermere, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Miller Wow”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Our evening at the Miller Howe was fabulous from start to finish and would highly recommend.

The food was outstanding; very high quality, fantastic flavours and extremely well presented. In our opinion, the menu and the wine list are of michelin star standard. The delicious canopés and amuse bouche are certainly worth a mention too.

The service was excellent, both in the sense of attentiveness to food/drinks as well as the staff being very friendly to talk to. There were quite a few other diners and everyone else seemed to get the same level of service too.

The decor is very well done throughout and the chairs in the lounge are ideal for relaxing pre-dinner drinks or coffee and petit fours at the end of the evening. The dining room chairs are also very well cushioned, so if you want to spend time enjoying Miller Howe's culinary delights then there are no problems.

We hadn't been for dinner at Miller Howe for nearly a year and will be back a lot sooner next time!

  • Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Forkie
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Shunned, not stirred”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

My partner and I dropped into the Miller Howe for a coffee one wet and windy morning. This really is a beautiful hotel with a wonderful view over Windermere (Lake) to the Cumbrian Mountains beyond. The coffee and service were both good. We perused the previous day's dinner menu and decided to book a table for dinner that evening.

We don't usually have any problem when dining with me in my alternative guise, but something at the Miller Howe didn't seem quite right. The food was very good and the service from the waiters was as expected, but we both felt that we weren't given the normal reception that one might anticipate at such an establishment. The person who we thought was the maître d' (it wasn't exactly clear) didn't even utter one word to us throughout the evening, although that same person did seem to be exchanging pleasantries with the other half a dozen or so tables. That made us feel a little shunned, along with being the only diners parked just inside an adjacent room, even though there were tables free in the main dining area. On the basis of the food alone, the restaurant does not deserve a bad review, but as a dining experience it fell somewhat short of the mark.

And, as a note of safety to ladies in heels; be extremely careful when walking on the exposed floorboards. It's possible that they have been polished with wax at some point, to the extent where the rugs now have to be tacked to the floors to stop them sliding around. You have been warned.

  • Visited February 2012
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4 Thank Danielle H
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Afternoon tea delight”
Reviewed 1 February 2012

We had a lovely afternoon tea - served interestingly on slates rathetr than the traditional 3 tiered plate. The service was excellent and efficient, the tea, sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries fresh and delicious. The only issue was paying £5 more than the price advertised in the Westmoreland Gazette for "Afternoon Tea - Fit for a Queen"

  • Visited January 2012
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2 Thank DDFA
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“Excellent romantic break”
Reviewed 22 January 2012

Lovely break with fab food in a romantic hotel . beautiful setting even with awful British weather, excellent friendly service, already planning to return.

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2 Thank Alexipops
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