1863 Restaurant with Rooms
“Cosy Lakeland setting for skilful modern cooking.” - AA Inspector
POOLEY BRIDGE, CUMBRIA
Our Inspector's view
1863 is set in the quiet village of Pooley Bridge, not far from where the Ullswater steamer docks, and named for the year it was built, for the village blacksmith. The contemporary dining room is small and cosy, with a conservatory area and a little garden at the back. Cooking is skilful, using prime ingredients from Britain and beyond to underpin the modern menus – there’s a three-course market menu as well as a tasting option. A main course dish of Cumbrian lamb is incredibly tender – cooked pink, with a small, almost sticky glazed meatball packed with flavour and enhanced by vibrantly green wild garlic oil.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 28
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 25 July to 3 August, 24–27 December, 2–9 January
- Wines over £30: 75
- Wines by the glass: 24
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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