• High on the hill, standing proud with a backdrop of impressive woodlands stands Claife Viewing Station.

    Built in 1790s, this visitor viewpoint invites you to soak up the spectacular breath of Lake Windermere. It was at the height of popularity in the 1830s for fashionistas travelling to the Lake District to spend their days in the impressive drawing room which houses a multiple of stained glass windows capturing the seasons lights of the Lake landscape.

    Stand in the middle of the room and visualise spring, summer, autumn and winter all in one day. There are even two windows that show the beautiful moonshine, and moody thunderstorms reflecting across the lake. Rumour has it you can even hear a Aeolian wind harp on a blustery day.

    Claife Heights with the viewing station is now restored and looked after by The National Trust. With a cafe (opens daily 11-3pm) and picnic area for you to enjoy.

    This is a perfect car-free day trip from Ambleside, with ferries docking at the Viewing Station and a gentle 4 minute walk from the ferry landing. Stroll through the courtyard and up to the viewing platform to adire these panoramic views.

    Learn about the building’s colourful history and relax in the quaint café in the courtyard. Explore Ash Landing Nature Reserve just down the road, wandering through the woodland and stumble across pockets of wildflower meadows.

    If you’re feeling more adventurous, set out on the 4-mile lakeshore path which leads to Wray Castle. Whether you are on foot or bike, this gentle, linear route is great for the whole family. You can return to Ambleside on the boat from Wray Castle or Bark Barn, or refuel in the castle's café and retrace your steps back to the ferry.

  • Here at the Regent Hotel as well as offering superb accommodation and service we take pride in our wonderful restaurant Table 22, which is open to residents, tourists and locals! To give you a flavor of what we serve and why you should visit, here are 5 fabulous reasons to dine with us.

    1.Local Produce
    Our dedicated team of experienced chefs live to serve good food. Supporting local suppliers and knowing where our food has been reared or produced is an important part of what we do. We even have a special ice cream made just for us! The delicious toffee apple ice cream on our dessert menu is made by the Handmade Ice Cream Company based in Ulverston.

    2. Variety
    Our menu is very creative, offering a wide range of dishes to please every palate. We serve traditional main courses such as our tasty chicken breast wrapped in serrano ham with champ mash, to more exotic plates like our flavoursome griddled Asian beef and fresh mango salad. If you are struggling to decide from the array of mouth watering options you could always go for one of our sharing platters!

    3. Private Dining
    Not all restaurants can offer private dining, and when on holiday or celebrating a special event it can often be ‘the icing on the cake’ to a sit down meal. Our private dining area can seat up to 16 guests, all on one large table. We can even offer tailor made menus, so if you’ve got a family favourite be sure to tell us, our helpful team will happily cater to your needs.

    4. Veggie friendly!
    It can sometimes be hard to find a good, imaginative selection of vegetarian dishes in restaurants, as we are sure many vegetarians will agree. The common option, although tasty, is all to frequently ‘mushroom stroganoff’. We pride ourselves in offering multiple vegetarian plates. There is a vegetarian sharing board, a twice baked three cheese souffle, and a crunchy super salad just to name a few.

    5. Sunday Lunch
    Now who doesn’t love Sunday lunch? We serve a three course Sunday dinner, with the option for 2 courses or just a main. For your Sunday dinner if you’re after meat, you can choose between a delectable slow cooked blade of beef or a succulent roast chicken breast. Veggie? You can still look forward to tucking in to our warming spring vegetable risotto.

  • 23 May 2018

    Gin on The Deck

    June is fast approaching and we simply cannot wait for those gorgeous summer evenings, sitting outside and having a glass of our prefered tipple. Lucky for us, The Deck is the perfect location to sit out and take in that sweet summer air. Gin has fast become one of the more popular spirits on offer today with a variety of flavours and botanicals added for all to enjoy.

    With that in mind, let's take a trip through the Lake District and look at some locally distilled Gins:

    Award-winning Lakes Gin
    The Lakes Distillery in Bassenthwaite are experts in creating liqueurs. On their premises, they make Whiskies, Vodkas and, most importantly, Gin. Their Lakes Gin is refreshing and easy drinking, offering the drinker floral notes and vibrant citrus. Our recommendation on how to best enjoy this is with Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic, watermelon and lime to really get that citrus note to pop.

    If you are looking for a flavoured gin, The Lakes Distillery offer their award-winning Elderflower Gin best enjoyed in a glass of prosecco.

    Langston’s No.1
    Distilled near Skiddaw, this gin uses an aquifer found at the bottom of Skiddaw Mountain. 11 botanicals are used to impart their flavour including ancient Lake District Oak Bark. Providing a deep flavour that is perfect on its own with ice or with a dash of tonic. Our recommendation would be to enjoy this gin with Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic, Strawberry and Basil to compliment those deep complex flavours with a little sweetness.

    Bedrock Gin
    This is a London dry gin distilled by Spirit of the Lakes. They were founded in 2008 when Vince Wilkins wanted to encapsulate the beauty of the Lake District in a gin. Since then they have won awards with their combination of smoothness and citrus notes. We recommend enjoying this gin with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic, Lime Blueberries and Rosemary.

    Fever Tree Tonics
    Although this isn't a gin! It is still an important part of making a great drink. Finding a tonic that best suits a gin is almost an eye-opening revelation that helps to complement the great botanicals used in the distilling process. We find that Fever Trees wide range of tonics create perfect harmony between the Gin and the Tonic.

  • Love to find out some delicious chef secrets? Look no further! Our wonderful Chef Neil has reveals how to make one of our fave dishes. 

    Serves 4

    1kg trimmed & grilled asparagus
    3 egg yolks
    200g melted butter
    Freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 tsp white wine vinegar

    Put a pan of water on to boil & place a heat-proof glass bowl that will fit snugly, into the pan so that it is not touching the water.

    Add the egg yolks and the white wine vinegar to the bowl & whisk until light in colour, slowly add the melted butter, stirring all the time, until it thickens.

    Once thick and creamy, stir in the lemon juice (or for a little twist, you can add Blood Orange juice for extra flavour and colour).

    Top the grilled asparagus with the hollandaise sauce & serve immediately – a perfect summer lunch!

  • Although Beatrix Potter wasn't born in The Lake District, she has been adopted as one of our own. As one of the greatest children's writers of all time, her work is still adapted today and inspires countless people. It is only fitting that someone who fought for the conservation of this stunning place, has her legacy and life preserved for all to enjoy.

    Here are four places to visit and celebrate the life of this wonderful and extremely talented woman.

    Hill top
    Located near Ambleside, this was Beatrix Potter's 17th Century farmhouse. After being bequeathed by her to the National Trust, they have kept it in pristine condition. The house is home to a range of objects from 400-year-old furniture to more modern pieces giving a glimpse into the mind of Mrs. Potter. There are over 100,000 visitors a year to the small farmhouse and is now open to the public again after the winter clean.

    Derwent water
    Beatrix Potter frequently holidayed in Derwent and used it as inspiration for many of her stories. ‘The Tales of Mrs. Tiggy-winkle’ and ‘Squirrel Nutkin’ were dreamt up as she walked along the lakeside. This is a great place to view the beautiful landscapes that moulded Beatrix as a writer.

    The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
    A more traditional place to see all thing Potter, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
    Is located in Bowness-on-Windermere. When you arrive you will make your way through seven areas illustrating the world Peter Rabbit and friends inhabit. This place is perfect for children to enjoy with an activity book filled with puzzles and quizzes to do as you make your way around the attraction

    Beatrix Potter Gallery
    The Beatrix Potter gallery resides in the building her solicitor husband used as an office. It now provides a roof for the small pieces of artwork made by her. A new exhibit for 2018 is taking place called ‘The Right Sort of Woman’ to mark the 100th anniversary of the advent of women's suffrage which uncovers another side to her.


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