1863 Restaurant with Rooms

“Confident cooking in charming Cumbrian all-rounder.” - AA Inspector



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1863 Restaurant with Rooms is located in the quiet village of Pooley Bridge not far from where the popular Ullswater steamer docks at the end of the famous lake. This is a family-run operation with a small bar area which allows as much space for dining as possible, including a conservatory area to the rear and a small garden with one large table ideal for groups. A mix of banquette seating, mini booths as well as regular tables, clocks and mirrors add to the informality and although tables are not clothed, linen napkins are used. It all adds up to create a cosy atmosphere and that is accompanied by a friendly team. Prime ingredients from Britain and beyond are used here to underpin the modern menus, whether à la carte or tasting. Start, perhaps, with a lightly seasoned lamb tartare studded with capers, topped with dots of mint vinegar gel, ewes’ curd and crunchy lamb fat focaccia croutons. Or, perhaps, you are tempted by the more delicate chalk stream trout, Yorkshire asparagus, watercress and lemon. When it comes to a main course, a fillet of super fresh wild turbot is expertly cooked and teamed with crisp and pickled hen of the woods, samphire and bisque sauce. If meat is your thing, there’s Cumbrian lamb with BBQ breast, artichoke and wild garlic. Vegetarians are not an afterthought here where a main course of brassicas, broccoli, hazelnut and Harrogate Blue might follow on from a starter of beetroot, Driftwood goats’ cheese and granola. The technical skills and harmonious flavour combinations continue through to the desserts. Yorkshire rhubarb appears in a tart with lemon verbena set custard and vibrant rhubarb sorbet, while caramelised apple is teamed with frangipane, brown butter and miso. For a savoury finale, there’s an impressive cheeseboard complete with fruit preserve, candied pecans and crackers.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
1863 Restaurant with Rooms


  • Seats: 28
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 23–31 July, 24–27 December, 2–9 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 75
  • Wines by the glass: 24
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Cumbria

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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