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The Priest Hole

Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 33332
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (113 reviews)
“cheese board” (12 reviews)
“fish chips” (14 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 6 days ago via mobile

Visited here last Sunday night, very friendly staff, food excellent, I chose the beef Sunday Roast and my husband chose the fish..Both cooked perfectly. Pudding choice was a little disappointing for us as we like cheesecake, or a gateaux. A card on the table re...More

Thank penkange
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely place to eat with great atmosphere. It was nearly Christmas so it was cosily decorated with an open fire. The service was great and we did arrive at an awkward time but despite that we were served quickly and with no...More

Thank Jessica R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch here on a Saturday. Soup was tasteless, paid extra for chips and there was 9 of them, roast beef was dry. Service was polite and quick but only redeeming feature.

Thank Nick L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thursday Night is steak night and what an excellent choice we made by going! We hadnt booked but finding us a table wasnt a problem. the steak was mouth-wateringly tender, no fat and was delicious. Staff were very attentive and pleasant. A lovely evening.

Thank Dawn325
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We called in on the off chance and had a lovely big table for 2 of us. Service was very personal and staff were very attentive. Food was hot and very tasty. The fish pie was full with chunky pieces of fish in a tasty...More

Thank karenn1234
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chose here for my birthday meal. Lovely quaint restaurant within an interesting building. Relaxing ambiance. Ordered Lamb Shank which was nice but didn’t fall off the bone as it should. My partner had home made cottage pie... which had clearly been heated in the microwave...More

Thank Kerrie P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at The Priest Hole twice in our week long visit to Ambleside and the meals were delicious both times, with really friendly staff and a lovely warm atmosphere. Some interesting local beers on the menu and my wife particularly loved the Knickerbocker Glory...More

Thank Anthony H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a cold wet November day we were greeted by a warm smile, served a great fish and chip lunch, the pud was not really needed but really enjoyed Would go again.

Thank SBassett
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t plan on coming here but stopped after spotting the lunchtime offers. We both had the saffron battered cod, homemade chips and tartare sauce. Much better quality than you’re average pub. The sticky toffee dessert was delicious but very sweet. Very good service and...More

Thank canadiangirlUK
Reviewed 12 November 2017

We stumbled across The Priest Hole by chance our first night in Ambleside and thankfully they managed to squeeze us in without a booking. Being a Saturday night it was game night - definitely try and make your visit here a game night! We both...More

Thank Laura J
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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$13 - US$24
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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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