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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
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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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 days ago NEW

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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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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99 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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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210 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Reasonable value for money - meals very good. Although a large dining area also with a self service facility, the views and atmosphere are convivial.

Thank Joe A
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Myself and partner have visited this restaurant many times for breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed it. However today's visit was sadly very different! Upon sitting down at a table we found the table top very sticky. Having moved to another table we found that they were all the same..... We both ordered the English Breakfast with tea. When the meal arrived... More 

Thank posh_pooch
Kent, England
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

We went on a Bank Holiday Sunday. It was very busy but the staff were just about coping. We had the roast which was good quality and reasonably priced.

Thank TonyMP
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Have to say everything looked wonderful on the food counter - but the table system clearly did not work on a busy Sunday! Appreciate a 'show you to your table service' but when this is operated from the indoor staircase and people were coming up from the outdoor staircase getting a table then queueing for food whilst others are still... More 

Thank Laurence and Su... B
Derby, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Lovely cakes, but really good cooked lunches too. Outstanding afternoon tea. Views across the reservoir, friendly staff, suitable for anyone. Lift

Thank Wendy S

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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
British, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, 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?