Famous for its hilltop views, water sports and outdoor activities, Ambleside also has restaurants that match its scenic attractions. In fact, as viewers of "The Trip" will know, the Lake District is right at the centre of the British food boom, with its gastropubs and brasseries attracting prestigious chefs from across the world. If you're heading to the Lakes, why not organise a memorable tour of Ambleside's best restaurants via Quandoo?
Some of the best eating options at the northern end of Lake Windermere take their cue from the best of British cuisine. In fact, pubs and bars in the area are reinventing and rejuvenating national dishes like fish and chips (with ideas like poaching the fish in squid ink instead of frying it in oil) or adding fresh truffles to chicken supreme to make a delicious dish even richer. If you think you know British food inside out, think again, as chefs at Ambleside's restaurants will surprise you with new interpretations using the finest seasonal ingredients. Imaginative and accomplished in equal measure, these are some of the finest gastropubs in Britain.
There are also plenty of places to eat when you're exploring the Lakes and the mountains nearby. Aside from restaurants in Ambleside village, you can plot walking routes to places like Grasmere, home of poets like William Wordsworth. Pay homage to great writers, soak up some dazzling scenery and fill up on gastronomic treats like homemade black pudding or pork loin wrapped in prosciutto. However far you've trekked in the morning, you'll find dishes to perk you up as you rest up for the journey home (or have the waiting staff book a taxi while you eat dessert). From fine food to first-class service, it's all part of the package at Ambleside restaurants.
While British cuisine is the signature of the Lakes at the moment, the dining scene is much more diverse than you might think. Within a couple of miles of Ambleside, there are restaurants serving sublime European cuisine. Settle down in plush dining rooms that overlook the lake, enjoy a terrace lunch if the sun shines, or book a spot for sunset dinners, where anything from poached cod loin to artichoke risotto will accompany incredible views. These European restaurants in Ambleside offer an extraordinary setting for superb food, and all of them can be booked with Quandoo.
In Ambleside, you can also expect to find fabulous Indian restaurants that add some exotic aromas to the local scene. If you've had your fill of roasts, these curry houses will supply a huge array of delicately spiced Bengali curries, including their very own bhuna recipes and succulent boneless tandoori chicken. If you're visiting the Lakes with friends and need a place for everyone to unwind, the Indian restaurants in Ambleside will be simply perfect.
Another great thing about restaurants in Ambleside is the way they tap into Cumbria's wonderful produce. Whether you dine at British, European or Indian eateries, you can be sure that the kitchens are stocked with fresh seasonal greens and vegetables from the region, and that the delicious lamb is 100 percent Cumbrian. This is a magnificent meat-producing region, so take advantage of that during your stay. With no shortage of chefs who know their shank from their shoulder chops, you'll be in gastronomic heaven.