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The Lake District Restaurants

Glass House

Updated 05/30/2014

Fodor's Review

A converted medieval mill with a working waterwheel is an atmospheric setting for this restaurant serving Modern British cuisine. Despite the name, wood predominates, with huge, thick beams and an open fire. Look for an international twist in dishes such as chicken liver parfait with toasted brioche or braised lamb with potatoes. You can have an elegant dinner, a good value lunch, or just sip a cappuccino in the courtyard beside the stream.

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Rydal Rd., Ambleside, LA22 9AN, England

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Updated 05/30/2014


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By EmmaV71

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May 30, 2007

What A Fantastic Find!!

I'm surprised by some of the negative comments. We stumbled across this wonderful restaurant by accident. Yes it's a little more expensive than other restaurants in the area, but the food, service and atmosphere is second to none! Our party was in 2 groups (the others came in later that we did); our group was sat downstairs and the others a couple of floors up. The owner (or manager) was very welcoming, chatty and we weren't rushed into our decisions.

The food was absolutely delcious ... (most of our party had the lamb, which was locally reared and melted in your mouth - highly recommended!) and the manager happily passed messages from our group to the other (and joined in the banter) - after dinner the other group came down to join us for coffee and drinks - on the house(tables were quickly pushed together with no bother at all). Couldn't fault this restaurant,it's food or the staff in anyway. Try it, you won't be disappointed!

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By Gary

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Oct 24, 2005

Fast Food?

Visited the Glass house as a group of 4 on saturday 22nd October. The foold was great however the speed with which things were whisked away to be replaced by the next course was crazy. The menus for deserts were given to us and within 5 minutes we had been asked 4 times if we were ready to order, each time indicating we were not. In the end one of the waiters huffed and turned the menus over so that we would not be bothered again, indicating that

this was the done thing when you were not ready to order (seems the opposite to elsewhere in the world but hey ho!) only to be asked 2 minutes later by a different staff member if we were ready to order. The staff running up and down stairs creates a disturbed and unprofessional atmosphere and gives diners worse indigestion than they would already have from the speed of the food. All in all probably good for a quick lunch but totally lacking in professionalism for a relaxed dinner, covers are more important than diners in this restaurant. This probably doesn't matter in The Lake District where most customers will be tourists and therefore repeat business is not important!

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