/ Ambleside gastro pub recommendations

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jon59 - on 18 May 2011
Im in Ambleside for a week and would be grateful for any recommendations for a pub that sells good food within the local area.
andy - on 18 May 2011
In reply to jon59: Drunken Duck at Outgate. Very gastro-ey, very nice. Queens at Troutbeck - less Gastro-ey, also very nice. Brown Horse at Winster - also very nice.
thegoatstroker - on 18 May 2011
In reply to jon59: Drunken Duck at Barngates nr Hawkshead is very good (but neither cheap or generous with portions).
Queens Head Troutbeck is better for a bit less money and very nice food.
gcandlin - on 18 May 2011
In reply to jon59: Get yourself down the Golden Rule and get a scotch egg! ;-)
BelleVedere on 18 May 2011
In reply to jon59:

I've always found the portions at the drunken duck OK. It's my fave place to treat myself to coffe or lunch at the end of a bike ride*

*yes that's extravagant - but if you don't look after yourself who will:)
Chris the Tall - on 18 May 2011
In reply to es:
Food at the Drunken Duck is excellant, but I'll second those who say the portions are a little on the small side - particularly if you're a veggie.

I complained about the portion size last time I was there and they admitted that they assume veggies are women who want smaller portions ! But they did apologise and do me a second larger portion free of charge. I still had room for a pudding, but then I had been out cycling all day.

Nice place to stay as well.

To the OP: In Ambleside itself several of the pubs do hearty pub grub - my favourite has always been the Unicorn - but nothing gastro. I would however highly recommend Lucy 4 or Zefferellis if you want something a little more upmarket.
andy - on 18 May 2011
In reply to Chris the Tall: Has Lucy4 changed since they went bust?
Chris the Tall - on 18 May 2011
In reply to andy:
Didn't know they'd gone bust - but then again not been there since last July. And I do remember my wife reckoned it wasn't quite as good as previous visits
andy - on 18 May 2011
In reply to Chris the Tall: The Lucy's "empire" went tits up earlier this year. Think the grocers closed and someone else took over the cafe/restaurants.
graeme jackson - on 18 May 2011
In reply to jon59: Does it have to be a pub? the Thai/asian on the high street is excellent but you have to book as it's very popular.
SCrossley on 18 May 2011
In reply to jon59:
Whats that Log cabin place like, been passing it for years but never tried it.
Zeffs is good, and the Unicorn is OK but generally I find Ambleside dissapointing for food and rarely eat there.
How about this,spend abot 4 on some wine glasses and plates in a charity shop unless you have a picnic set and spend 30 in Booths on a Gourmet picnic with Fine Beer or Wine, Some good bread, a Roast Chicken, salad, crisps and Brie de Meaux or whatever you fancy and eat it on top of Wansfell watching the sun go down, it`s only a short stiff walk to the top, then back down to finish off in the Golden Rule
stonemaster - on 18 May 2011
In reply to sjc: You bar-steward...:). Never thought of that! Sounds so darn good I have to do it now.
jon59 - on 19 May 2011
In reply to jon59: thanks for all the replies Ithink I might dable on the suggestions thanks
softlad - on 19 May 2011
In reply to andy: not too sure about that: from what I know (from Lucy herself), she wound down the grocer's, gave up the lease on that, but still has Lucy's on a Plate, Lucy4s and LucyCooks (in Staveley), which are all still operating.

We had a meal at Lucy's on a Plate a couple of weeks ago (and the food, service and ambience were all very good). Lucy was still very much on the scene, running the place. I guess it could be that she's sought some outside finance / backers, who've kept her in there in a management capacity. That's not how she tells it though.

It's still my top pick for food in Ambleside
andy - on 19 May 2011
In reply to softlad: http://tinyurl.com/3qcujrh

Well it was either an imposter, or she's a big fat fibber (and her creditors might have something to say about it too, specially as it coild include the local milkman/butcher etc).
softlad - on 19 May 2011
In reply to andy: fair enough - Lucy (and it was definitely her!) was obviously spinning it for all it's worth, perhaps to save face.
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andy - on 19 May 2011
In reply to softlad: There's a forum for Ambleside and it suggests on there she's basically walked away from a lot of debts and also that she still has some involvement - which is a shame for those that were owed money, although it looks like not many jobs have been lost.

I'm glad it's still there whoever runs it - always been good when we've been.

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