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“Excellent food, but a less varied menu than previously”

Oak Room Restaurant at Appleby Manor
Ranked #7 of 34 Restaurants in Appleby
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$26 - US$66
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Oak Room Restaurant In the evening, you can choose from the wide range of imaginative and mouth-watering individually priced dishes on the menu in this 1 rosette (AA) restaurant . The freshest ingredients are used, carefully selected from local suppliers wherever possible, and your chef takes a real pride in his work, catering for all tastes including plenty of choice for vegetarians. The Oak Room Restaurant is renowned for its high quality cooking, and you can be sure the skilled and dedicated kitchen team will offer plenty to tempt your taste buds, making your meals here truly memorable. December 2004 saw the completion of a new conservatory extension to the restaurant, adding a further 40 seats. Hotel guests can enjoy the charming views over Appleby castle and the beautiful Eden Valley, the hotels idyllic setting, nestled amid the hills of the Pennines and overlooked by the Cumbrian - Lake District fells. There could be no better place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner than in this 1 AA rosette award-winning restaurant. Furthermore a new patio area has been created in front of the restaurant. Guests are able to enjoy drinks; afternoon tea or light snacks throughout the day. Hotel guests can relax amid magnificent gardens that have won numerous awards and accolades and enjoy the outstanding vista of this beautifully set hotel in the heart of the Pennines and on the fringes of Cumbria the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. We operate a smart casual dress code for the restaurant (no shorts, vest, jeans or trainers)
Reviewed 23 July 2014

The previous times I have eaten at Appleby Manor there was a more extensive and varied menu. While the food we had was very good, however it seems that the chef is playing safe now which was a little disappointing.

Thank Janice P
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

We were entertained by two dear friends to dinner at the hotel on thursday 10th July. The hotel is very impressive and it's gardens are wonderful. The 50+ flower troughs were super, and the handiwork of the owners parents (We were told).Our host hates complaining and so during our dinner we sat quietly so as not to cause upset. However, at the end of the meal I sought out the head waiter (David) to comment on their "One rosette" menu: The Solway scallops were undercooked, the Shrimp foam was half foam / half watery mess (Which was a totally unnecessary addition). The batter on the monkfish was over fried and horrible and the sirloin steak was chewy and almost inedible. What a shame that such a lovely hotel can kill their reputation by serving such awful food. Even if the chef was off it doesn't excuse this disaster !!

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1  Thank adrian s
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Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Exceptional Meal in Lovely Setting
We were staying at the Manor Court Hotel and had evening meals both nights of our stay.
We were directed to the old conservatory after ordering some pre diner drinks from the bar. These were soon served with some canapés giving us time to review the menu, before being shown to our table.
On the first night (Friday) we were seated in the main dining room, the restaurant was quiet around 8pm with only a few other couples dining. I'd describe the menu as honest food exquisitely presented with out being to pretentious. A nice touch is a wine recommendation with each dish. We both had Solway scallops with black pudding a garden pea purée as a starter. I then had Cumberland fell side lamb rump with butternut squash purée leeks & lamb rissoles & jus. My wife had char grilled venison haunch with spinach purée the food was tasty with excellent ingredients service was professional and polite. complements to the Chef, Chris Thompson and the catering team.
The second night (Saturday) the restaurant was full and we could only get an early table. Like the night before drinks and canapés in the old conservatory. This time we were seated in the new conservatory and as it was early and still light we had the benefit of the stunning views over Appleby castle and the Lake District beyond.
For starter I had Line court smoked mackerel with celeriac and apple infused with horseradish, while my wife had black pepper poached pear with cheese tart & fruit jelly.
We followed this with plain sounding fish & hand cut chips but this was an exquisitely executed chefs interpretation of the high street favorite. Monk fish tails in parmesan & herb crum served on mangetout & pea shoot salad My wife had a trio of rear-breed pork, that she heartily recommends. She followed this of with rhubarb & custard another exquisitely executed chefs interpretation of old style school dinner pudding.

Would I recommend this restaurant? Without hesitation, it's ideal for a great celebratory meal or intimate treat for two.

1  Thank Rodders27
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Reviewed 11 April 2014 via mobile

First visit tonight I had confit of duck to start this was delicious served with a potatoe rosti and cherries in ameretto I had trio of rare breed pork excellent tender and tasty my husband had calves liver to start then venison, the food was superb and the staff professional but still friendly will go again highly recommend

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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We had a special offer deal of thirty pounds per head. Whilst this might sound expensive it was three courses of exquisite food plus appetisers and amuse bouche, therefore, an absolute bargain.

Starters - delicious, melt in the mouth cheese soufflé and liver that was cooked to perfection.

Mains - venison and lamb dishes, both of which were tender and beautifully presented.

Desserts - carrot cake and cinnamon ice cream. (To just call this a slice of carrot cake does not do justice to the heaven on a plate flavour, texture or presentation) selection of cheese from the trolley - selection was a bit limited. They boast an extensive cheese menu, but they only had five cheeses available, none of which were particularly unusual nor produced locally (yes, I am a cheese snob).

Service was attentive without being obtrusive.

We would highly recommend the restaurant, and staying in the hotel just for the restaurant, particularly if you can find a deal online.

Thank David H
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