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The Priest Hole

Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
+44 15394 33332
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (118 reviews)
“fish chips” (14 reviews)
“cheese board” (12 reviews)
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Bar, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Priest Hole is ideally located in the centre of the town. It has a pleasant atmosphere. The staff are friendly and attentive. I ordered Oven Roasted Lakeland Lamb Noisette £14.95 and my wife had the Cornfed Cumbrian Chicken Breast at the same price. There...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friends and I came across this pub with a great band when we was up in the lakes overnight. Prices was average for the drinks and the atmosphere was great and service was good with friendly staff

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having travelled down from Scotland for New Year we booked dinner on the 30th December, the food was fantastic service was top class definelty not to be missed the lady who served us has the best customer service any business could wish for I believe...More

Thank sandraboyd1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great locally sourced food. The salad was fresh, the meat very tasty and service was excellent. Definitely recommend it.

Thank LaviG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four of us turned up on "spec" on 29th December and were delighted to be given a table. The restaurant appeared to be full for the duration of our meal. Service was excellent, prompt and courteous, more fun than fussy. I had Fried Haloumi for...More

Thank robphillips
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked as a special treat, we had been previously we and were fairly certain of a nice meal. We were not disappointed the meal and ambience was very nice, the staff attentive if a little frantic but in fairness it was very busy.

Thank dcobigal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Second visit to this restaurant Qwerty old building with a nice feel. Good selection of food and very friendly staff with excellent service. Worth a visit

Thank www.jeeptheband_123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here on A Thursday Steak Night A Nice Rib eye Steak with chunky chips and A Glass Of Wine for A Good Price Add Extras such as Sauces and Veg and it's still Reasonable Nice Friendly Helpful Staff.

Thank Molliedodd
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best meal ever really great service nice people it will take something special to beat the food and beer in this place

Thank Darren P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice inside, although if I was to be critical, I do not like brightly lit restaurants on a night time as it does not create an ambiance. Staff very good. The food was disappointing. I had the lamb shank, which was okay but nothing special....More

Thank Stephenmprice
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Questions & Answers
Rebecca B
1 August 2017|
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Response from ThePriestHole | Property representative |
Hello We Allow Dogs outside on the terrace but not inside
7 August 2016|
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Response from ThePriestHole | Property representative |
good Afternoon Paula8455 We do have a children's menu- if you would like to see this before your visit drop me and email(unable to put email address on here TP wont let me) so visit your website and follow the links and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kelsick Old Hall Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 33332
  • E-mail
The Priest Hole Restaurant and Tea Rooms are part of Kelsick Old Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the beautiful village of Ambleside in the centre of the English Lake District. With many original features the atmosphere may not be edible, but it does play a huge part in your dining enjoyment, and our friendly young team work hard in a refreshingly casual, but attentive way, to provide a relaxed and enjoyable experience.We are happy to accept single diners and large groups. We have a delightful outside terrace for alfresco meals on those warmer days, or just to sit and have a coffee and watch the world go by. (Dogs welcome on the terrace.) Seperate dining area for special occassion group dining.
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