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The Priest Hole

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Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 33332
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12:00 - 20:30
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Sun 11:00 - 20:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 20:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Ambleside
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As former Ambleside residents we used to have The Priest Hole as our home from home and loved it. 9 months on and this was our first trip back and it didn't disappoint, Nicola and all the staff were spot on with their service as ever and the new menu has plenty of choice and our food was delicious. Thanks... More 

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Rochford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On holiday in the Lake District we wanted somewhere to go for Sunday lunch.The food was fresh and hot and there was plenty of it. The staff were pleasant and helpful. We will try to return before we go home.

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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant building is lovely and the staff were very nice, but the food was not up to scratch. The mussels were poor quality - small and shriveled and quite a few had failed to open, potatoes weren't well cooked. the pudding menu didn't appeal. It's clearly a popular place, but didn't suit us.

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Thank 38sally
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Priest Hole is a small, cosy, tastefully decorated restaurant in an old building near the top of Church St. The interior is partitioned into three spaces and there is also a good sized terrace outside at the front. The staff were friendly and attentive. The imaginative menu offered half a dozen starters and a dozen mains prepared from locally... More 

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Newcastle Upon Tyne
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Read lots if reviews for this place and decided to go on Steak night (Thursdays) and wasn't disappointed. The rib eye steaks we had were cooked exactly as requested, excellent quality and taste. The service was really attentive. Desserts are really worth it too if you can still eat more and recommend the Knickerbocker Glory and Churos!

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Thank Colin W
Merseyside, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst staying in Ambleside we visited the Priest hole, on recommendation from my parents. I ordered the burger, which was fantastic, the others had venison cobbler, fish and chips and the steak which was cooked to perfection! The presentation of the meals were fantastic. We also had deserts which were also of an excellent standard! Our waiter Jack was extremely... More 

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Thank Erin18xxx
ThePriestHole, Manager at The Priest Hole, responded to this review

hello Erin18 Thank You for your lovely review. It is lovely to see a review that tell us what you had to eat. we Hope to see you again in the future. More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing food! I had braised lamb shanks - cooked to perfection with the best jus I've ever had. Served with absolutely beautiful mash and crunchy veg. Great choice of local beers and ales.

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Thank Agnieszka Z
ThePriestHole, Manager at The Priest Hole, responded to this review

Hello Agnieska Z thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed the Red wine jus with your Lamb shank. we hope you will visit us again when your next in the area More 

Burntwood, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I returned here for a meal on Friday 3rd March, having even once before a couple of years before. We were blown away on our previous visit at both the quality and quantity of the food, alongside very pleasant service. We both had the Saffron Battered Cod on the previous occasion, and both thoroughly enjoyed it, and... More 

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ThePriestHole, Manager at The Priest Hole, responded to this review

Hello axemanuk We are sorry to hear of your disapointment, we are sadden that nothing was said when you visited us. We would of liked to tried to fix any issues you might of on the evening. We do hope that you will dine with us again in the future. More 

Cheshire
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66 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were a group of 10 ( 8 adults and 2 children) and booked at table. The food was delicious served well and looked stunning. Staff were fantastic nothing was too much trouble who were attentive but not imposing. We will certainly come here again. Lovely.

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Thank FansofGreece
ThePriestHole, Manager at The Priest Hole, responded to this review

hello FansofGreece Thank you for the lovely review. We enjoyed serving and meeting your family and hope to see you all again soon. More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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382 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here one night in October. We booked and this is a must, because we tried to go back later in the week without a booking and were turned away. The food was good and the desserts were particularly yummy.

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Thank cngj
ThePriestHole, Manager at The Priest Hole, responded to this review

Hello cngj Thank you for you review. We are sorry we weren't able to fit you in for dinner the 2nd time you visited, we always advise booking a table to avoild any disapointment. We do hope that you will try to dine with us on your next visit to Ambleside. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 23
Cuisine
Bar, British, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:30
Monday
12:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
12:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 20:30
Thursday
12:00 - 20:30
Friday
12:00 - 20:30
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?