The Old Stamp House Restaurant
“A creative taste of Cumbria” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
In the heart of walker-friendly Ambleside, The Old Stamp House has become a real foodie destination thanks to the ambitious team behind it. A low-slung basement property, the restaurant is split into two rustic rooms with closely packed tables adding to the intimate feel. Cumbrian produce takes the starring role in creative dishes such as a well balanced crab, caviar, artichoke, roast chicken jus and seaweed custard. It might be followed by braised shoulder and loin tartare of Herdwick hogget, carrot, confit potato, scrumpet, mint and anchovy. Leave room for parsnip cake, rum caramel and rum ice cream.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 30
- Private dining available
- Steps for wheelchair: 5
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: Sunday, Monday, 25 December
- Wines under £30: 11
- Wines over £30: 65
- Wines by the glass: 20
- 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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