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Matthew's Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
+44 15394 31234
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Durham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice friendly atmosphere, and attentive staff. Excellent food, with good selection of dishes. Can get busy through summer season so may need to book. As a couple they have always managed to get us in, book if a bigger group.

Thank ian B
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful place. I had lamb Henry partner had venison . Late starters. I cannot fault the good at all, amazing. At one stage I was eating a bone but it took me a minute to realise as it tasted so so good. So do full at end of night

Thank Jceps
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you want to go out have a no rush dinner in a relaxed atmosphere with great food then this is the place

Thank swift_wayne
St Albans, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lamb shoulder and Chicken Stroganoff were blooming delicious. We started out in Dodds restaurant up the road but it was cold and the menu was limited. If your walking past on your way to the town then don't walk any further.

1 Thank dawn186306
York, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a table for Thursday 29th December as we had heard good things about Matthews. We were definitely not disappointed - the food was all excellent! We both had 'Fezant' for starters - a Moroccan pheasant dish with hot beetroot, crispy veg & salad - delicious! Then we both get had Chicken Bretton with beautifully cooked vegetables - such... More 

Thank Helen H
Melton Mowbray
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 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 30 November 2016

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 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 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

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!!

2 Thank digby0806

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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
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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?