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Mainsail Restaurant

Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
+44 1629 540363
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
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“scones” (16 reviews)
“burger chips” (2 reviews)
“cake” (9 reviews)
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British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
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Reviewed October 30, 2017

Called in for a light lunch,whilst in the area. Good choice with beautiful views over Carsington Water. Recommend for a lunch in a pretty place.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank George R
Reviewed September 15, 2017 via mobile

Called for lunch no roast of day had stopped serving it. Had burger chips meal. Very nice would have liked our first choice.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank 1mamac
Reviewed September 11, 2017

We ate at the restaurant twice whilst staying at Hopton Hall Holiday Cottages. The first time there were 6 adults, 2 children and a baby. The adults all had versions of 'Full English'. The service was efficient at a busy time and the food well...More

Date of visit: September 2017
1  Thank Villan64
Reviewed September 2, 2017

A group of 14, 8 adults and 6 children were staying in the nearby village of Carsington and we visited this restaurant several times for coffee, breakfast, and two lunches. Great views across the water, lovely food served VERY quickly by extremely helpful staff.

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank tremendoustrish
Reviewed August 14, 2017

This is a lovely restaurant…Pleasant comfortable surroundings, clean and spacious and a nice view of the ‘lake’. The food is excellent quality, mid-priced with something for everyone (including helpful ‘ad hoc’ dishes like a child’s portion of beans on toast for my little granddaughter on...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank David L
Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

Carsington water is a lovely place. We went in restaurant wanted roast of the day apparently we were to late. We had burger chips salad which still had to be cooked but very nice. Cream scone bit dry. But worth a visit. Staff very nice.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank 1mamac
Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

We visited the Mainsail Restaurant on a windy, rainy June day for lunch. Although the weather meant we couldn't walk far, the atmosphere in the restaurant more than made up for it. The menu was varied and the staff were very helpful and concerned. The...More

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank Misty4242
Reviewed June 10, 2017 via mobile

This summer so far has not provided such a warm welcome, however after a wet walk the Mainsail gave us that missing opportunity to warm up. We both chose the Sunday roast. It was excellent value for money and the food was fresh and piping...More

Date of visit: June 2017
1  Thank andyandkathm
Reviewed May 29, 2017

The food in this restaurant is excellent. There were thirteen of us and booking a table was easy.. My vegetarian option was delicious and that is not always true of many restaurants. Everyone enjoyed their meal, including the children and the prices were very reasonable....More

Date of visit: May 2017
1  Thank Sloughbucks1
Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

The food here is excellent and mostly homemade. We had sandwiches and soup which were lovely and the flapjack and scone were very tasty. The prices are very good considering it is in the information centre and the views over the reservoir are excellent. Staff...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank SueTimmis
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January 27, 2018|
Response from 527darrelly | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but no, you can however sit in the verandah with your dog and wonderful views
December 2, 2017|
Response from 527darrelly | Reviewed this property |
Only self service for coffees, scones etc, waitress for the rest
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Ashbourne
  • Phone Number: +44 1629 540363
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