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Recommended restaurants for the Best of the English Countryside


Ambleside (Lake District (England))
Rothay Manor Restaurant, Rothay Bridge
You'll get the best food in Ambleside at this lovely, award-winning white-linen restaurant.
Phone:  01539.433.605
Hours:  Lunch 12:30PM to 2PM; Tea 3:30PM to 5:30PM; Dinner 7:45PM to 9PM
Credit cards accepted:  
Fixed Price Menu From:   25GBP

The Drunken Duck, Barngates
Great bar food, nice views, and you can even fish in the pond while you drink.
Phone:  01539.436.347
Hours:  11AM to 11PM
Credit cards accepted:  

The Golden Rule, Smithy Brow
Walkers – and their dogs – enjoy this friendly pub. In nice weather, try for a table outside.
Phone:  01539.432.257
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 11AM to 11PM; Sundays noon to 10:30PM
Credit cards accepted:  

Baslow (Lake District (England))
Fischer's Baslow Hall, Calver Road, Derbyshire, DE45 1RR
U.K. Restaurant of the Year 1997, Fischer's and its sister Café Max offer superb French influenced dining in a lovely country manor house.
Phone:  01246.583.259
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Fixed Price Menu From:   30GBP

Bath
Beaujolais, 5 Chapel Row, Queen St.
Good French bistro fare, a nice selection of wines and fair prices attract locals and visitors alike.
Phone:  01225.423.417
Hours:  Monday through Saturday non to 2:30PM and 6PM to 11PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Fixed Price Menu From:   25GBP

Popjoy's Restaurant, Sawclose
Located in a 1720 townhouse next to the Theatre Royal, this restaurant was once the home of Beau Nash and his mistress. Specialties include imaginatively prepared fowl.
Phone:  01225.460.494
Hours:  Monday through Saturday noon to 2:30PM and 6PM to 11PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   15GBP

Sally Lunn's House, 4 North Parade Passage
Occupying the oldest house in Bath, this restaurant is famous for the Sally Lunn bun. Try the Sally Lunn Cream Tea, which includes scones, preserves, and clotted cream – quite possibly the most delicious thing you've ever tasted. And certainly the most evil.
Phone:  01225.461.634
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Afternoon Tea:   5GBP

The Hole in the Wall, 16 George Street
In a Georgian townhouse, this restaurants offers fresh local ingredients prepared with a nouvelle French touch.
Phone:  01225.425.242 Reservations required on Saturdays
Hours:  Monday through Saturday noon to 2PM and 6PM to 10PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main Courses From:   8.50GBP
Fixed Price Menu From:  22GBP

The Pump Room & Roman Baths, Bath Abbey Churchyard
Located next to the Roman Baths, this restaurant serves coffee, afternoon tea, and lunch – often accompanied by a string trio.
Phone:  01225.422.462
Hours:  April through September, 9AM to 6PM daily; October through March, Monday through Saturday 9:30AM to 5PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Afternoon Tea:   5GBP

Broadway (Cotswolds)
The Tapestry Restaurant, In Dormy House, off A44, Willersey Hill
Innovative, nouvelle-influenced cuisine in a cozy stone room or airy conservatory.
Phone:  01386.852.711
Hours:  Sunday through Friday 12:30PM to 2PM and 7PM to 9:30PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   15GBP
Fixed Price Menu From:  30GBP

Buxton (Peak District)
The Columbine, 7 Hallbank
Simply prepared food created using the freshest ingredients is the bill of fare here. Nice atmosphere in a Victorian-era stone house.
Phone:  91298.787.52
Hours:  May through October , Monday through Saturday 7PM to 10PM and Thursday through Saturday noon to 1:45PM; November through April, Monday and Wednesday through Saturday 7PM to 10PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main Courses From:   7.50GBP

Grasmere (Lake District (England))
Michael's Nook, 1/4 mile east of A591
The British AA declared this the best hotel restaurant in the north of England. With just 20 tables, reservations are essential at this Michelin-starred restaurant.
Phone:  01539.435.496
Hours:  12:30PM to 1:00PM and 7:30PM to 8:30PM daily; closed for six weeks in January.
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Fixed Price Menu From:   45GBP

Hawkshead (Lake District (England))
Grizdale Lodge, Grizdale
This turn-of-the-century hunting lodge serves bar lunches and very good five-course dinners.
Phone:  01539.436.532
Hours:  12:30PM to 1:30PM and 7PM to 8PM daily
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Fixed Price Menu From:   23.50GBP

Kenilworth
Restaurant Bosquet, 97A Warwick Road
This charming French restaurant features a rotating menu based on what's fresh and great desserts.
Phone:  01926.852.463
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V

Oxford
Brown's, 5-11 Woodstock Road
Five Victorian stores were gutted to create this lovely, popular restaurant ten minute's walk from town.
Phone:  01865.511.995 Reservations not accepted
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 11AM to 11:30PM; Sundays noon to 11:30PM
Credit cards accepted:  
Main Courses From:   7GBP

The Bear Inn, Alfred Street
One of Oxford's oldest pubs, The Bear has been mentioned in literary works since the 13th century.
Phone:  01865.721.783
Hours:  Monday through Saturday noon to 11PM; Sundays noon to 10:30PM; Serving food from noon to 2PM
Credit cards accepted:  

The Turf Tavern, 4 Bath Place
Dine inside or in one of the gardens at this historic pub which was Bill Clinton's watering hole when he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Phone:  01865.243.235
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 11AM to 11PM; Sundays noon to 10:30PM
Credit cards accepted:  

Painswick (Cotswolds)
The Country Elephant, New Street
Fresh ingredients are transformed into great meals in lovely surroundings. In summer, you can dine in the garden.
Phone:  01452.770872
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday noon to 2PM; Tuesday through Saturday 7PM to 10PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   15GBP
Fixed Price Menu From:  20GBP

Penrith (Lake District (England))
Passepartout, 51 Castlegate
As the name suggests, Passepartout serves French food in a 400-year-old stone house. In summer, the courtyard is a lovely place to dine.
Phone:  01768.865.852
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday 7PM to 10PM
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main Courses From:   10GBP

Stratford-upon-Avon
The Black Swan, Waterside
Popular with actors since the 18th century, this lively pub overlooks the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the River Avon. Pop in for a pint or a meal.
Phone:  01789.297.312
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 11AM to 11PM; Sundays noon to 10:30PM
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main Courses From:   6GBP

The Box Tree Restaurant, In the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside
Great views of the river, pre-show excitement, and imaginative food make this a no-brainer for theater goers.
Phone:  01789.403.415
Hours:  Thursday through Saturday noon to 2:30PM; Monday through Saturday 5:30PM to midnight
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Fixed Price Menu From:   25GBP

Wells
Rugantino's, 20 Sadler Street in the Ancient Gate House
After a steady ration of British cooking, Italian food can be just what the doctor ordered.
Phone:  01749.672.029
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Fixed Price Menu From:   20GBP

Swan Hotel Restaurant, 11 Sadler Street
The dining room at this 15th-century coaching inn features a menu that changes with the seasons.
Phone:  01749.678.877
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Fixed Price Menu From:   30GBP

Windermere (Lake District (England))
Miller Howe Café, Lakeland Plastics, Station Precinct
Tucked into the back of a kitchenware shop, this modern café serves dishes influenced by cuisines from all over the world.
Phone:  01539.446.732
Hours:  Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM; Saturdays 10AM to 5PM and Sundays 10Am to 4PM
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main Courses From:   7GBP

Porthole Eating House, 3 Ash Street
Enjoy French or Italian specialties in a quaint little house near the center of town.
Phone:  01539.442.793
Hours:  Sunday through Friday noon to 3PM; Wednesday through Monday 6:30PM to 11PM
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   10.75GBP

The Hole in t' Wall, Lowside, Bowness-on-Windermere
Terrific on cool days when a roaring fire adds to the ambience.
Phone:  01539.443.488
Hours:  11AM to 1PM; Does not serve food of Sunday nights
Credit cards accepted:  

Woodstock
King's Head Pub, 11 Park Lane
Known to the locals as the "Potato Pub," the King's Head has hearty food and a convivial atmosphere.
Phone:  01993.812.164
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 10AM to 11PM; Sundays noon to 10:30PM
Credit cards accepted:  
Fixed Price Menu From:   9GBP

The Star Inn, Market Street
Try the lamb, a specialty of this 17th-century coaching inn.
Phone:  01993.811.373
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 11AM to 11PM; Sundays noon to 10:30PM
Credit cards accepted:  

York
19 Grape Lane, 19 Grape Lane
This modern British restaurant in a timbered house right in the heart of town is very popular – and deservedly so. Good service and a nice wine list contribute to the enjoyment.
Phone:  01904.636.366
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday noon to 2PM and 6PM to 11PM
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main Courses From:   10GBP

Melton's, 7 Scarcroft Road
Though prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is friendly, many believe this restaurant serves the best food in York. The London-trained chef updates British classics with the best available ingredients.
Phone:  01904.634.341
Hours:  Tuesday through Sunday noon to 2PM and Monday through Saturday 5:30PM to 10PM; closed in late August and late December
Credit cards accepted:  MC, V
Main Courses From:   10.50GBP
Fixed Price Menu  20GBP

The Brasserie, in the Grange Hotel, 1Clifton
The second restaurant in the Grange Hotel offers French bistro cooking in a convivial, casual atmosphere.
Phone:  01904.644.744
Hours:  Monday through Saturday noon to 2:30PM and 6PM to 10:30PM; Sundays from 7PM to 10PM
Web:   www.grangehotel.co.uk
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   7.50GBP

The Ivy, in the Grange Hotel, 1Clifton
The fine-dining restaurant in the Grange Hotel offers French and modern British dishes in an elegant setting.
Phone:  01904.644.744
Hours:  Monday through Friday 10AM to 2PM and 7PM to 10PM daily
Web:   www.grangehotel.co.uk
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Fixed Price Menu From:   25GBP

The King's Arms, 3 King's Staith
This 16th-century pub has a cobbled terrace right on the River Ouse. It claims the dubious distinction of being "Britain's most flooded pub."
Phone:  01904.659.435
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 11AM to 11PM; Sundays noon to 10:30PM
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The Olde Starr, 40 Stonegate
York's oldest pub – licensed in 1644 – has a flower-filled garden and courtyard in addition to an atmospheric, black-beamed interior.
Phone:  01904.623.063
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 11AM to 11PM; Sundays noon to 10:30PM
Credit cards accepted:  

The Seafood Bar, in the Grange Hotel, 1Clifton
Fresh seafood, nicely priced, is the order of the day at this stylish restaurant.
Phone:  01904.644.744
Hours:  7PM to 10PM daily
Web:   www.grangehotel.co.uk
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main Courses From:   9GBP

The Spread Eagle, 98 Walmgate
Good food and great ale at this friendly, traditional pub.
Phone:  01904.635.868
Hours:  Monday through Saturday 11AM to 11PM; Sundays noon to 10:30PM
Credit cards accepted: