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1863 Bar Bistro (Restaurant)

High Street | Elm House, Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NH, England
+44 17684 86334
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  • Average3%
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British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
High Street | Elm House, Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NH, England
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Amazing Food
" The food was amazing, worthy of a Michelin star!"
jan s
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2. Talented Chef
"freshest local ingredients by an obviously talented chef"
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3. Absolute Perfection
"My venison main course was cooked to absolute perfection"
George H
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Reviewed yesterday

The food and wine were so well matched we had to go the whole hog with all the courses! The waiters were so attentive - and the owners and chef all took a sincere interest in our enjoyment of their fare; excellent - and totally...More

Thank Keith W
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

This was our second visit to this fabulous boutique hotel. A first class treat. Chef Phil and his team are worthy of a Michelin star or two even! They are obviously passionate about presentation as well as flavour with all dishes like a work of...More

1  Thank Susan T
MarkVause, General Manager at 1863 Bar Bistro (Restaurant), responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Dear Susan T, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. The chefs love what they do and it definetly shows with what they produce. They use local ingredients to ensure it’s the best produce they can get. We are all...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

What an amazing restaurant. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed a three course meal here on sunday night. All dishes were presented beautifully with clearly a lot of attention going into the "look" of the dish. The waiting on team had good knowledge of the...More

2  Thank AimeeRL
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited for the first time this new Bistro in Pooley Bridge, Ullswater. They do this menu for a maximum of 6 covers per night but it was all wonderful and hopefully they will be able to do it for more soon. The 3 chefs were...More

Thank JGraham12
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We drive through Pooley Bridge often and kept on saying that we would book a table one evening. Eventually we did...and what an evening! We arrived a tad early and was asked if we'd like to go straight to our table or have a drink...More

1  Thank Alex K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been here a couple of times now. I honestly believe this is the best place to eat out in Cumbria. The food is exceptional, the service is to match and the choice of wine/other drinks and wine pairings are all exceptional. As a...More

1  Thank Rhys J
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time here for an anniversary dinner, So glad we came. From making a reservation to ordering a taxi home everything went well. Pre dinner drinks on comfy settees around lovely fire place. the food could be mistaken for Michelin star. Well recommended we will...More

1  Thank duncscott
MarkVause, General Manager at 1863 Bar Bistro (Restaurant), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Duncscott, Thank you so much for a lovely review, I will pass on your very kind comments to all of our team including the chefs which will be over whelmed by your comments. Hope to see you again Best Wishes Leah

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the second time we’ve stayed at 1863, and we couldn’t recommend it more for both the stay and the food. Absolutely delicious for three nights in a row, great friendly service, and we’ll definitely be going back. The roe deer in particular was...More

Thank rjl53
MarkVause, General Manager at 1863 Bar Bistro (Restaurant), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear rjl53, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your recent visit to 1863. I’m pleased you enjoyed dining with us during your stay. The Roe Deer has been a huge hit to our recent menu change and I’m glad you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very rarely do you have an experience that makes you reassess your baseline of quality. The dinner I had last night achieved that. In almost 40 years of being taken to restaurants that have had all the traditional recommendations and highest awards, I cannot remember...More

Thank Peter S
MarkVause, General Manager at 1863 Bar Bistro (Restaurant), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear PeterS, Wow what a compliment thank you so much! I’m very pleased you enjoyed your evening and I will definetly pass on your kind comments to all of the team. Our menu changes often to keep things exciting for both us and returning customers...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You do not expect to find food of this quality in a small Cumbrian village( with the exception of Cartmel! ) but this restaurant is certainly worth a Michelin star with its taste, texture and use of local ingredients. It was an exemplary meal from...More

Thank neddlesck
MarkVause, General Manager at 1863 Bar Bistro (Restaurant), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear neddlesck, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review on your recent visit to 1863. The chefs work hard to ensure they use lots of exciting flavours and textures with each dish to make it extra special Hope to see...More

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Questions & Answers
Stephanie C
29 August 2017|
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Response from MarkVause | Property representative |
Hello yes our menus always have gluten free options, if you check our web-site you can see the latest menu any with GFA means Gluten Free Alternative.
Diane G
13 April 2017|
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Response from MarkVause | Property representative |
Sorry no dogs other than outside the on the front seating area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$27 - US$66
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street | Elm House, Pooley Bridge, Penrith CA10 2NH, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Eden District  >  Penrith  >  Pooley Bridge
  • Phone Number: +44 17684 86334
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1863 is a beautiful small restaurant with a warm and friendly atmosphere. This intimate 32 cover eating experience offers customers a relaxed fine dinning experience with seasonal menus made with local produce and expertly served up by a dedicated kitchen team.
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