HRiSHi at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
“Pin-sharp attention to detail and exciting contemporary cooking” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
A fabulously chic and luxurious bolthole set in 21 acres of woodland and gardens, Gilpin offers an air of sophisticated tranquillity. The main house may have begun life as an Edwardian lodge, but this isn’t your average country house hotel. From the truly splendid detached suites, with their cedar cladding, floor-to ceiling windows and amazing hot tubs, to the more traditional rooms in the main building, the attention to detail is reassuring and impressive, and the same can certainly be said of the food. The three dining rooms of the flagship Hrishi (the nickname of head chef Hrishikesh Desai) is where you’ll find the very best in contemporary British cuisine, subtly influenced by Desai’s Asian heritage. There’s a real sense that this is exciting, cutting-edge cooking, and dining here is a highlight of any stay. The thought and work that goes into every dish is clear – these creations may be infinitely Instagrammable but you can be assured this is not a case of style over substance. Tables are set with fresh flowers, candles and crisp white linen, and the friendly and attentive staff provide perfect service. The depth of flavour in, for example, a starter of flame grilled Lancashire cauliflower, is remarkable, with a rich lime leaf ‘moilee’, black garlic ketchup, and tomato and cumin gel all contributing. A main course of roasted fillet of Shetland turbot might come with buttered mussels and cockles, saffron braised fennel compote, and jalapeño peppers ‘two ways’, the heat from the chilli successfully tempered by a rich Vermouth emulsion. Prepare for dessert with a tender vodka and orange gel with cranberry foam, before moving on to peanut semifreddo – a feather-light parfait with coconut milk, glazed banana and chocolate sorbet. The wine list offers an extensive and global selection at a range of prices.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 56
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 6
- Wines over £30:
- 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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