The Old Stamp House Restaurant

“Ambitious Cumbrian cooking in lovely Ambleside.” - AA Inspector



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This charming little basement restaurant is run by the Blackburn brothers, a keen and ambitious team who have made this one of the Lake District’s dining destinations. Whitewashed walls and dark beams make for a cosy, intimate feel, and service is efficiently informal, with dishes explained as they arrive on the table. You can expect plenty of focus on the best of Cumbrian produce, and the style is modern, with tasting menus featuring lots of small dishes, creatively presented. A filo cigar stuffed with potted char comes with horseradish, watercress and roe, while crab and caviar with subtly-flavoured seaweed custard, artichoke and rich roast chicken jus is a beautifully conceived dish.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Restaurant of the Year (England)
The Old Stamp House Restaurant
Church Street, AMBLESIDE, LA22 0BU


  • Seats: 30
  • Private dining available
  • Steps for wheelchair: 5
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: Sunday, Monday, 25 December
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 11
  • Wines over £30: 65
  • Wines by the glass: 20
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Cumbria

Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.

Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.

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