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Mainsail Restaurant

Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
+44 1629 540363
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“scones” (13 reviews)
“burger chips” (2 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Hours
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
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81 - 90 of 98 reviews

Reviewed December 10, 2014

Probably one of the best Christmas meals we have ever had, service was great, smiling waitress,s food was hot and beautifully presented. Well done.

Thank Jill S
Reviewed November 1, 2014

You can't fail to be impressed with the views over the reservoir and I could spend hours looking out of the huge windows all around. Inside was very busy as you would expect for a Sunday lunch. We'd booked ahead for a large party and...More

Thank Paul G
Reviewed October 10, 2014

We made a somewhat late reservation for Sunday lunch for 4 adults and 2 children , the staff were very helpful and a table made up by the window. We arrived a few minutes late but that was not a problem. Although there was a...More

Thank PLM47
Carsington, Owner at Mainsail Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2014

Thank you for your comments regarding our Two Sunday Lunch, we believe our price of £10.95 is a good offer and we make everything on site and use local butchers and Derbyshire meat. Many Thanks

Reviewed June 13, 2014

Really busy so had booked in advance - glad we did. Fantastic views across Carsington Reservoir , had the 2 course Sunday dinner of which a choice of turkey,beef or pork available, good sized portions served with very good crunch vegetables, good value all round....More

Thank martin1967ad
Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've eaten many times in this restaurant. Sometimes just snacks sandwiches/cakes etc. and a number of main meals at lunchtime. A quite brilliant roast belly pork with vegetables at my most recent visit. Lovely location with great view over the water (if you're lucky enough...More

Thank guido342
Reviewed February 24, 2014

We ate here at half term, when the queue was 20 deep. We got seated quicker than expected and chose sandwiches and cakes. All were delicious, turkey salad, egg mayo and bacon and tuna. On soft granary bread with a garnish. They were not more...More

Thank Mum22boys
Reviewed December 12, 2013

Recently visited for our staff Christmas lunch and can't speak highly enough about the food, service and atmosphere in the restaurant. Enjoyed an outstanding three course Christmas menu that was not only beautifully cooked, but presented with care and style, a difficult thing to do...More

Thank Gmumb
Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

Stopped by for a coffee during a beautiful walk. The seat I wanted to sit on was dirty with food over it (bearing in mind it was Sunday morning so must have been there overnight) I asked for a napkin to wipe the dirt and...More

Thank SammyJo_10
Carsington, Owner at Mainsail Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2013

Thank you for your comments regarding your visit to The Mainsail Restaurant at Carsington Water, obviously I was disappointed to read your review. Clearly this is not the service that we strive to achieve. I would be grateful if the customer who left this review...More

Reviewed October 25, 2013

Obviously best on a sunny day when you can sit outside on the balcony on the first floor with views of the hills and the reservoir. We had good value drinks and cakes.

Thank AlandeWalden
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Wanting an afternoon snack we chose tea and an Oat Cookie, which looked good and perhaps home made with some kind of dried fruit. On eating it tasted a bit different; we checked and were told it contained chocolate. We were very surprised at this,...More

Thank franc_o_fyle
Carsington, Owner at Mainsail Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2013

Thank you for your comments regarding the Oat Cookie at The Main Sail Restaurant You are quite correct in believing that the cake label describing the product should be descriptive enough to identify the main ingredients of a product. This issue was rectified the following...More

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December 2, 2017|
Response from Darrell Y | 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
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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