Set in 22 acres of heavenly gardens and woodland near Windermere, the Cunliffe family’s tranquil…
SOURCE at Gilpin Hotel
“Distinctive, luxurious country house vibe and pin-sharp contemporary cooking.” - AA Inspector
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 garden 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 every table has fresh flowers, candles at night and crisp white linen, while friendly, switched-on and attentive staff provide perfect service. Chef Ollie Bridgewater (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. Each dining room has its own character and style, and sustainability is a focus of the seasonal tasting menu. 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.
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
- 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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