SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel

“Distinctive, luxurious country house vibe and pin-sharp contemporary cooking.” - AA Inspector



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The Gilpin is a grand old country house, fitting perfectly into its Lakeland setting. As well as beautiful rooms in the main building, there are stunning spa lodges and suites in the lovely grounds. SOURCE is the restaurant, and it’s very much a culinary destination. You can relax in the bar or on the terraces before being shown through to one of the three dining rooms, where stylish, stripped back wooden tables boast dimmed lamps for an intimate evening atmosphere, while friendly, switched-on and attentive staff provide perfect service. Chef Ollie Bridgwater (previously at The Fat Duck), has recently taken the reins in the kitchen here and brings a passion for detail and ingredients of the highest quality. SOURCE offers two different dining experiences, a longer culinary experience comprising of a ten-course tasting menu and a shorter culinary experience that changes daily and consists of three courses, a snack, bread and a pre-dessert, where exquisite produce and sustainability shine. The wine list is excellent, and you can expect skilful, precise cooking, with every dish a picture perfect Instagrammable dream. The clean flavours of gin and tonic with cucumber is a G&T in a single mouthful and a great beginning to a spring meal. Next up, a crisp tapioca cracker is topped with a vibrant seaweed emulsion and small dice of rich, smoked eel. Breads and canapés are a real strength here, and a course of cod loin with almond, asparagus, roe, jamon is visually delightful as well as delicious. Tender ‘Reuben’ braised beef with pickles and mustard is a decadent dish with a huge depth of flavour. Full of beautifully harmonious flavours, sushi rice pudding comes with well-judged miso caramel, sesame, and fantastic sake ice cream, while fresh English strawberry compôte contrasts with a light and creamy lavender mousse, a real taste of early summer, accompanied by an exceptional reduced milk ice cream.

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SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Crook Road, WINDERMERE, Cumbria, LA23 3NE


  • Seats: 56
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 6
  • Wines over £30: 181
  • Wines by the glass: 18
  • 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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