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The Priest Hole

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Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 33332
12:00 - 20:30
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 20:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 20:30
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Hull east yorkshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was only average, nothing special. Service was ok. Im afraid next time we are in Ambleside then we will not be coming back. Sorry

Thank Rosemary F
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a short break in Ambleside and ate at the Priest Hole on two nights, we were warmly welcomed by the very friendly staff, the service was spot on and the food was fabulous, we had the special on the first night of Rabbit pie and Fish and chunky chips the second night, both meals were cooked to perfection,... More 

Thank Sproutlover
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I have placed a review on this page before and would like to say we done a ten mile walk and the staff still welcomed our muddy soggy bodies into there establishment, and again staff and food was fantastic

Thank Jay M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely little restaurant and very welcoming hosts. Called in after seeing great reviews on trip advisor. We weren't disappointed. The food was lovely (steak for me, lamb for my wife). So excellent quality food and exceptional service. We will definitely recommend the priest hole.

Thank Mike D
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family of 4, with two young children, had a great meal. Service excellent, food first class, and liked the history of the place, and how it was built over 400yrs ago. Recommend!

Thank Neil M
Ellesmere Port
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here for a lunch break and found the food to be great and excellent service.The staff were very welcoming

Thank RichardB6146
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While staying in Ambleside prebooked dinner at the priest hole we haven't been for a few years the meal was absolutely fabulous I had venison which was superb the staff are very friendly and helpful

Thank steve w
York, United Kingdom
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four of us visited for a meal Thursday evening at 7pm. Staff were really attentive and food was excellent. Thurs was two steaks and a bottle of wine for £30. Both couples had the deal which was god vale. Steaks were of very good quality and cooked as ordered. Will definitely eat here again

Thank ButrusJ
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for somewhere to eat and get out of the rain. We arrived at the switch over between lunchtime and the evening menu so had to wait 20 minutes to order. We had drinks whilst we waited and the staff couldn't be more welcoming. Food was good and service couldn't be faulted

Thank hairy-cyclist
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my partner stumbled on this charming restaurant on their steak night (thrusday evening)...2 steaks with chunky chips and a bottle of wine for £30. We had the best steak and chips for a long while. Steak was cooked to just how we liked it (rare for me and medium for my partner). The chunky chips were crisp on... More 

Thank winderpye

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$22
Bar, British, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
12:00 - 20:30
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
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?