HRiSHi at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
“Refined European cooking with Asian flourish” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
A luxurious country house set in beautiful countryside in the heart of the Lakes on the edge of Windermere, HRiSHi at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is very much a culinary destination. Three charming, individual dining rooms in the main house form this high-end dining option where immaculately set tables and highly polished service add to the overarching warmth and genuine hospitality. A tasting menu, together with plant-based alternative, offers plenty of flexibility for diners and the modern European cooking has an innovative Indian influence, with high quality ingredients used at every stage. First-rate bread follows a selection of delicious amuse bouches including truffle arancini with truffle mayonnaise and cod cured with soya, honey, carrot and cumin. A starter of cured, marinated and slow-poached parfait of duck liver is beautifully executed, the velvety liver accompanied by toasted hazlenuts, jalapeño and pickled cherry chutney gel with warm toasted brioche. Another way to kick off is a plate of English tomatoes in various forms – tartare, pickled, dehydrated, sorbet and spiced velouté – with an aged Gran Pandano custard. These could precede a superb piece of Gigha halibut fillet with a rich potato ‘risotto’, smoked butter emulsion and herb garnish. If it’s meat you’re craving, look no further than an impressively tender fillet and braised cheek of Cumbrian beef with crispy onion and buttered green Tenderstem broccoli. The pin-sharp techniques continue through to the desserts, which include a light and refreshing coconut bavarois with marinated pineapple, passionfruit and lemon granita. Alternatively, a rich and elegantly presented Valrhona dark chocolate delice is served with a spiced pannacotta dipped in orange jelly with caramelised hazelnuts and milk ice cream. It’s all complemented by a wine list with a large selection by the glass and a knowledgeable sommelier available for advice.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 56
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 6
- Wines over £30: 181
- Wines by the glass: 18
- Cuisine style: Modern British, Asian influences
- 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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