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Matthew's Bistro

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Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
+44 15394 31234
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Melton Mowbray
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88 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We figured that on a cold wet Wednesday in December we would get a table without booking... we did. Although quiet tonight there was an ambience in Matthews Bistro. The modules were creamy, the onion soup rich and, well, oniony! We both had the steak frites. The steaks were perfectly cooked and well seasoned. I had the sticky toffee pudding.... More 

Thank Gary J
Congleton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a party of 10, and the meals were enjoyed by everyone. The service was friendly, informative and friendly. The food was extremely tasty, and we would all recommend this restaurant to visitors to Ambleside.

Thank Christopher A
Reading, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the mid-evening set menu. 3 courses for £23. Very generous portions - we were absolutely stuffed by the end. The waiting staff were very friendly and welcoming.

Thank tmcall001
Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Matthews is great. A lovely meal,my husband had the lamb Henry and I had the beef bourginon both were superb. Thank you we will return

Thank sueandbillsmithson
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our 3rd visit to Matthews and we return as it is good, homely food at a decent price. Good atmosphere and as Peter the host has got to know us now we have some good banter and always end up being the last ones to leave! Would definitely return again- sorry Peter- get your ear plugs ready!!

1 Thank digby0806
Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food & worth a visit. It was a cold evening & it was nice to go into a warm restaurant. The food was tasty & the lasagne was full of flavour and hot. The service was average - hence the score. I was disappointed to request the tap water and the table candle was not lit. Other couples had... More 

1 Thank David P
Herzlia, Israel
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for 5 days and Ambleside and had 2 dinners at Matthew's bistro. The food was very good, the fixed menu has many very good choices, the portions were big enough for our growing teenagers, not to mention their parents. The service by the owner and others was knowledgeable, professional and very friendly. We had a very good time... More 

Thank Yoram F
Chorley, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Matthew's serves great modern food in a friendly, relaxed informal atmosphere. Our children (aged 6 and 10) were made to feel very welcome. In addition to the children's menu, any pasta dish is available in a small portion. Will definitely return.

1 Thank Keith R
Wigan, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We expected a nice meal in a nice location. We got a stunning meal with beautiful flavours served in an unpretentious way by nice friendly staff in a warm environment. Top notch!!!!

1 Thank Anthony D
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Excellent food reasonably priced well worth considering for an evening out, service was excellent and the staff friendly, what more would you ask for..

1 Thank Ian M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 31234

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?