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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%
Travellers talk about
“scones” (15 reviews)
“cake” (9 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Hours
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
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81 - 90 of 111 reviews

Reviewed June 25, 2015

Ideal stop off after a walk round the lake, especially on a cold day. Good views out over the water. Looked busy at peak times but great for a coffee and scones in the afternoon. Friendly staff and quick service.

2  Thank Somuchtosee01
Carsington, Owner at Mainsail Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2015

Thank you for your comments, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit. All our cakes are home-made and our scones are freshly made everyday

Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

Stopped at the visitor centre mid ride for a cuppa and some cake. As far a visitor centres go it was very nice. Great display of cakes and bites. Bit disappointed they charge you extra for paying by card under a certain amount but coffee...More

Thank Matticgolf
Reviewed June 13, 2015

have been here previously and had lovely meals. took my daughter for a birthday lunch, had to wait over an hour, then potatoes missing off my Main course. Took a further 15 mins to get them and by then the rest was cold

Thank kaz-medium
Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

We had lunch in this restaurant on a recent trip to Carsington Water. I had the turkey and apricot pie, it was delicious with good pieces of turkey and plenty of apricots! You could tell that the pie was homemade, it came with chips and...More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed May 26, 2015

Had afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the reservoir. Tea in pots that made two and half cups. Friendly staff, didn't eat but plenty of people were. Very nice after an hours wander around the water.

Thank Sheffview
Reviewed May 25, 2015

Clean well managed, staff polite & helpful. Good choice of food on the menu from snacks to light meals, reasonably priced & overlooks the reservoir.

Thank Nigel D
Reviewed May 8, 2015

We enjoyed good friendly service when we called in after a walk around Carsington Water. Sandwiches were fresh and tasty. Home cooked cakes on offer - we enjoyed a fruit flapjack with a cup of tea whilst enjoying the stunning views and birds dipping at...More

Thank Joanne S
Reviewed April 28, 2015

A good choice for Sunday lunch. Lovely views. Watching other diners receiving their meals made us wish we had known truly what was on offer, although when our lunch arrived we were not disappointed. The restaurant was busy there wasn't any long delay with the...More

Thank Brymar
Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

First the good. The meal we had were nice, the situation is nice and the staff were pleasant. The negatives... We visited on a sunny but cool April Saturday. The queue for a seat was long,but we were eventually seated. The queue to order food...More

Thank Mark W
Carsington, Owner at Mainsail Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant and I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit. Our new menu had just been introduced the week before and we have received favourable feedback on all our menu, however the...More

Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Felt very unorganised, says wait to be seated but people were walking in and sitting down at free tables. When I asked I was told to wait and that there would be a table free. Cakes not as nice as they look but the latte...More

Thank Rhys_Adams_Derby
Carsington, Owner at Mainsail Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2015

Thank you for taking time to express your views about you visit to our restaurant# I was sorry to hear of your disappointing visit. Our restaurant is normally free flow, however on busy days we operate a 'greet and seat' system, this is designed to...More

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Questions & Answers
Elizabeth G
January 27, 2018|
Response from Darrell Y | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but no, you can however sit in the verandah with your dog and wonderful views
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
Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly
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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