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“best restaurant in the lakes?” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oak Bank Hotel
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
Stirling, United Kingdom
1 review
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“best restaurant in the lakes?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

If there's a better quality/value restaurant in the lake district I've not managed to find it in over 10 years of visiting.Only one that's come close was Underscar manor and that's no longer,
sadly.Didn't stay over, as booked hotel with additional facilities for this trip.

Ian H.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Yellow Springs, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

This was our second visit in two years. We enjoyed our stay last year so much that we went out of our way to return. The hotel is very near Grasmere Village but is quiet and very well managed. We had incorrectly stated our early check in request and arrived two hours before they expected us. The staff was very understanding and went out of their way to make us comfortable.
The food is the reason that many guests return. Simon and Glynnis are able to find the finest chefs who work with local products. The menu always has great choices.
There are many other places to stay in Grasmere and I've stayed at many of them but the Oak Bank is the place that I will return to as long as Simon and Glynnis are the proprietors.

Room Tip: The Superior Plus rooms are quite a lot larger than the regular and superior rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bingley, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2012

Hotel is a typical Lakeland Hotel, in a large traditional house. The reception area is pleasant. The room was adequate - not big, not special, but perfectly OK. The staff and owners were pleasant but unexceptional. The Restaurant was absolutely exceptional - two of the highest quality meals I have had anywhere. I'm not really a "foodie" but I spent the second day, out walking the fells, looking forwards to my dinner, which proved worth the wait. I think there was a "Michelin Recommended 2012" sticker on the door, which might normally put me off as meaning "expensive and pretentious" (remember, I am not a "foodie") but this place was neither. I look forward to visiting again soon.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

This hotel was outstanding, lovely people, food was excellent and well the building itself was simply magical. It is absolutely great for all ages whether it be families, young people or old people. It definitely attracts people from all around and from all ages, and you have to hand it to Simon & Glynis for their outstanding work. and it is well situated to get to Grasmere where you can indulge yourself into the many activities there are for people of all ages.

Room Tip: anything LOL!
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Naazaif K
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23 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2012 via mobile

I honestly cannot fault this place!
Very professional, amazing food, rooms beautifully decorated, with such attention to detail....expensive smellies in bath room, a nip of sherry and a cafetiere in room....great!

Grasmere is very central in lakes son location fantastic!

I will definitely be returning!!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Inverness, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

My husband and I have just spent 4 days at the Oak Bank Hotel in Grasmere and Simon and Glenys are to be commended on the hotel, the food and the welcome. This will have been our fourth visit all of which have been beyond excellent and we will certainly be going back.
John and Janet Rigby

Room Tip: Room 2 and Room 7 are our favourite rooms
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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North Yorkshire
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27 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

In February we visited Oak Bank for the fourth time since March 2011 - it just draws you back! The welcome received from Simon & Glynis and their staff is wonderful, they all work so hard to ensure your stay is first class. Perfection is hard to achieve (many hotels have excellent individual points) but Oak Bank certainly hits the mark with lovely, warm comfortable rooms, stunning food and such attention to detail without being obtrusive. We enjoy chatting with other guests before dinner and find that like us many are returning visitors and all agree that this is a first choice when thinking of visiting Grasmere or the Lake District. Roll on May for our next visit!

Room Tip: We have stayed in three different rooms and all are lovely. If you walk a lot and need to relax alw...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Oak Bank Hotel

Property: Oak Bank Hotel
Address: Broadgate, Grasmere LA22 9TA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grasmere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Grasmere
#3 Family Hotel in Grasmere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Oak Bank Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in Grasmere Village in the heart of the English Lake District, Oak Bank Hotel is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding lakes, fells and tarns. Oak Bank has two lounges both with plenty of comfy sofas and armchairs to relax in. The front lounge has a converted range and the bar lounge has a real log/coal fire. Breakfast and dinner are served in our Two AA Rosette awarded beautiful dining room and conservatory. ... more   less 
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