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Mainsail Restaurant

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Visitors Centre Carsington Water, Ashbourne DE6 1ST, England
+44 1629 540363
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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Derby, United Kingdom
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375 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After our exploratory trip last month to see how baby friendly the place is, we returned with our dutch relatives and our daughter and grandchildren. The staff were lovely, the place is clean, bright and modern (if a little soulless!). I had the local lamb rump salad. It was divine!!!! The lamb was so tender and tasty....the salad was a... More 

Thank dick h
Derby, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great meal here at lunchtime, all local and homemade produce, didnt have to wait too long even though restaurant was packed and had the corner table with the best views! Staff efficient and friendly. Highly recommended

Thank AdrianH1967
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful setting .Our Christmas meal hear today was Fantastic the food was cooked to perfection and presented excellent at £17.25 for three courses! We will most definitely be booking again and would Highly Recommend.I think that says it all 10/10 😊

Thank Alan W
Derby, United Kingdom
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375 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

The place was busy with people enjoying their pre Christmas, Christmas dinners, but still that staff found room for two people and a toddler. The menu was not extensive, I think that's a good thing, and easily met our needs. Though our toddler was off his food yesterday. And the weather, for once, was lovely. All in all, a delightful... More 

Thank dick h
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I have been visiting Carsington water since it open and have to say the food at the mainsail restaurant was as good as ever. Today i went for the 2 course roast dinner. Roast beef and Yorkshire with seasonal vegetables followed by a delicious scone and butter pudding. Others had the roast pork and beetroot rosemary and cheese tart followed... More 

Thank Louise H
Ripley, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Just returned from an excellent three course Christams lunch at the Mainsail, overlooking the beautiful Carsington Water. A meet up with friends, we had pre-booked our choices and were made royally welcome. Service was effected with great efficiency, and the food was truly excellent - fish cake starters were delightful and both turkey and lamb main courses were well prepared... More 

Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

This restaurant is based at Carsington waters which is in a beautiful location there is nothing nicer than after a walk you have a meal in the Mainsail food outlet. The toilets are spotless The food choices are very good lunches are very nice every thing is hot good portion size. The staff are nice and helpful. They have a... More 

Thank mitzi12016
Derby, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely to sit and chill outside over looking the reservoir with a nice cup of tea and a cream scone. Was busy with lunches, coffee and cake etc. All the food I saw being served looked amazing. My only criticism is that over half of the out door tables had not been cleared which gave the overall appearance of the... More 

Thank Emma P
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

this is a nice cafe where you can sit inside or outside assuming there is room! it does get busy. nice selection of drinks, snacks and hot meals and from most tables, a view of the water. there is a tv normally working showing the wildlife from a cctv feed.

Thank brian w
Derby, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

We've been visiting Carsington Reservoir for 15 years and always have something to eat in the Mainsail Restaurant. The menu is simple and tasty, catering for gluten intolerance and vegetarian and kids options. The all-day breakfasts are from local produce and the three-course meals good value. The cakes are to die for - good thing you can take them home.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?