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The Priest Hole

₹₹ - ₹₹₹, British, Soups
Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 33332
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“steak” (121 reviews)
“fish chips” (14 reviews)
“cheese board” (12 reviews)
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Bar, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Historically interesting restaurant with 16th century features perfectly located in the centre of Ambleside.

Thank Maciek K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked the Priest Hole for the Saturday night as we went into Lucy's on a plate on the Friday.... Wish we hadn't... I had the Dover sole.. served with ratatouille! I seemed to spend most of the time grinding the salt and pepper over...More

1  Thank Joanne E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a couple of meals at this restrauant which were very enjoyable. Good choice of food in a friendly atmospher. Have set steak and curry nights during the week. The food was well presented and cooked to a good standard.

Thank Graytravellers
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been to Ambleside many times but this was our first time in The Priest Hole. We were with our toddler and made to feel very welcome. I fully recommend the priest burger - it was delicious!

Thank CarolineHudson1982
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first visit to the preist hole we had booked a table on the recommendation of the b & b we were in. The restaurant was very busy but the service was good.

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have passed this place so many times and can't believe we had never tried it before. We did not book but managed to get a table as we went really early. Food was lovely, and the service was excellent. Very friendly and welcoming and...More

Thank Shifu69
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate at this restaurant tonight, and we both had rump steak for mains. They were tender and cooked perfectly, along with big fat chips and pepper sauce. Great service, great food so what more can you ask for. Came out feeling full and mellow. Thanks...More

Thank Lynnieboots63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious Sunday roast, pleasant service, good food, good value. Had pork dinner with trimmings even got an extra Yorkshire pudd, so good!

Thank Martsmam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed in Ambleside for a long weekend. Stumbled upon this fantastic eaterie. Brilliant service, quality well priced food. Great menu choice. Excellent wine choices. Cannot find any fault. Will certainly return on our next visit. Superb.

Thank Liz M
Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Oh the food... my daughter can safely say the 'Priest Hole' burger was the best gourmet burger she'd ever had in a restaurant! The staff here are lovely and our service was unbelievably quick... don't let go of your chefs, they are fantastic! The decor...More

Thank TheREALrealgonekid
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Rebecca B
1 August 2017|
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Response from ThePriestHole | Property representative |
Hello We Allow Dogs outside on the terrace but not inside
7 August 2016|
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Response from ThePriestHole | Property representative |
good Afternoon Paula8455 We do have a children's menu- if you would like to see this before your visit drop me and email(unable to put email address on here TP wont let me) so visit your website and follow the links and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 14 - US$ 25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 33332
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The Priest Hole Restaurant and Tea Rooms are part of Kelsick Old Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the beautiful village of Ambleside in the centre of the English Lake District. With many original features the atmosphere may not be edible, but it does play a huge part in your dining enjoyment, and our friendly young team work hard in a refreshingly casual, but attentive way, to provide a relaxed and enjoyable experience.We are happy to accept single diners and large groups. We have a delightful outside terrace for alfresco meals on those warmer days, or just to sit and have a coffee and watch the world go by. (Dogs welcome on the terrace.) Seperate dining area for special occassion group dining.
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