Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel
I was delighted to be invited to try the new summer Al A Carte menu at Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel in the Lake District.
Holbeck Ghyll is a luxurious traditional country house situated between Ambleside and Windermere. With a beautiful outlook and stunning views of Lake Windermere and the Cumbrian fells. I have dined there a few years ago and the food was amazing then, so I was looking forward to visiting again.
We were given a warm welcome by the friendly staff and were asked if we wanted to sit inside or out on the terrace. It was a lovely evening so we decided to sit on the terrace first whilst we had a drink. We sat admiring the breathtaking views while having our drinks. The atmosphere was so peaceful and relaxing. We were served canapés. These were delicious. I knew by the taste of these the rest of the food would be amazing.
When we had finished the canapés we were taken inside to the dining room to be seated by the window. The view whilst sat dining was stunning.
Before our starter we were served a plate with some warm brioche buns, they had black pudding in the centre of them, they were amazing and we also had some warm sourdough bread and whipped butter.
For my starter I chose: Spring pea green risotto, smoked ham, Parmesan. I was very impressed with this dish , the rice was lovely and fluffy, you could taste the pea flavouring and the smoked shredded ham was tender, tasty and not too salty. The creamy sauce mixed with the rice and the smoked ham tasted divine. I loved this dish.
My husbands starter was the Chalk Stream Trout. Orange, pickled cucumber and radish. The food styling on this dish was outstanding, trout was lovely and tender and the salad dressing was well seasoned.
For my Main course I opted for the spring Lamb, sweetbread ,parsley, quinoa, carrot and pea. The vegetables were seasoned well The lamb was cooked perfect, slightly pink. It was lovely and succulent but I would of liked it to of tasted a bit richer if I’m honest. It was nice but did lack the wow flavour factor for me.
My husband opted for the Halibut, braised onion, chicken wing and wild mushroom. The halibut was cooked perfect. It was fresh and fell into big flake pieces when cut, the creamy sauce had a lovely seasoning and went well with the fish.
Dessert: I chose the white chocolate , tarragon , strawberries and meringue, the meringue had a light and chewy texture and the flavours from the strawberries and the sorbet were lovely and sweet , It also had a minty taste to it too. Think it must of been the green decoration dressing, I was dying to lick the plate it tasted that good.
My husband chose the Honey and Lemon, Tonka Bean, Bergamot and sorrel. He really enjoyed this and said it had a tangy taste and was very flavoursome.
Each dish was paired with a wine recommended by the waiter who explained where the wine was from and age and he even had a story to tell with a few, which was very interesting to hear. They all worked well with each dish.
The cheese trolley is also available as an extra course at a supplement of £16 with a great selection of cheeses available.
All in all, I would recommend this amazing restaurant. It’s in a beautiful location with stunning views. The staff make you very welcome. Service was quick. Every dish was presented to a high standard, and all dishes were full of delicious flavours. The Al A Carte menu is available at £72 per head for a 3 course. And there is a £35 wine flight per person. Which is a very reasonable price for the Lake District. If you are ever visiting in the Lake District this is the perfect hotel for a wonderful dining experience or even staying at the hotel. I will defiantly be returning.