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The Priest Hole

Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 33332
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“steak” (123 reviews)
“fish chips” (13 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 yesterday

We had a family (8) meal. Mix of veggie and meat eaters. There was something for everyone. The food was good and well presented. The range of beers was adequate (no draught). The ambience is plain and nothing special. Toilets clean. A hiccup at the...More

Thank PickeringMike
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

After being told by a kind local couple to eat here, we decided to go. We sat down and were served by a lovely young new girl who unfortunatly diddent get the support needed to function right. As she did all the work, her colleagues...More

Thank Romeevs
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pleasant setting in Ambleside centre. Fish and chips and deli board both tasty. Service reasonable despite being a busy Saturday. Call by.

Thank deanm321
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very disappointing service to say the least ! This was the last day of our holiday and we wanted the last meal to be a special treat as it was also the only night we ate out. Our waitress was hassled and stressed! She was...More

Thank Tmw1dlmg
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not book for dinner but arrived early. All the other tables were catering for bookings. The menu offered a choice of fish, steak and burgers. One of our party had the Priest Hole Burger which was a very substantial burger, and the other...More

Thank The_Cheshireset133
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thai fish cake starter, wow who knew a few peanuts scattered on a plate would be considered an adequate to Accompaniment to Thai fish cake is beyond me!!! My other half had mackerel starter with a single griddled asparagus which was far too stringy to...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this restaurant initially a couple of years ago during a very wet post Easter break, but revisited in March this year as a group of 6 as part of a birthday celebration for a friend who is known on first name terms by the...More

Thank EssexAli1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely find and with an extensive menu to cater for everyone's needs, well recommended. Staff were so friendly and accommodating and there was a nice ambiance. Well recommended.

Thank KentDee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in for a late lunch. Ordered the priest burger (it somehow seemed like the right thing to do!) and it was delicious. In fact it was such a huge lunch with the chunkiest chips ever that my best laid plans for sticky toffee pudding...More

Thank Jonathan R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit to this restaurant. The staff were friendly, attentive and welcoming. The surroundings historic and comfortable. The food was well presented and tasty but disappointing too. I had lamb which was very fatty. The potatoes and red cabbage were lovely but...More

Thank Linda M
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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$26
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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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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