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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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  • Very good5%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“amuse bouche” (10 reviews)
“venison” (11 reviews)
Open Now
2:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
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 2 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful meal we have just had! We were told that their tasting menu was relatively new to them - you would never have known! The quality of the dishes was brilliant. Each plate identical and Beautifully presented. Very friendly and helpful staff. Beverages...More

2  Thank Elizabeth F
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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

We had dinner in this delightful restaurant whilst staying here. I absolutely loved the menu. The choices are different from the norm. It is clearly evident from the quality of the food and passion put into the cooking and presentation of the meal that the...More

1  Thank PJT91065
1863ullswater, General Manager at 1863 Bar Bistro (Restaurant), responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear PJT91065, Many thanks on taking the time to review on your recent stay with us at 1863. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed yourselves and your evening with us in the bistro. We are very lucky to have such a talented kitchen...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

What an amazing experience at 1863. So accommodating, beautiful surroundings and excellent food. Due to a fortunate cancellation we obtained a table for two on a Saturday evening. Superb staff, very friendly host and the food is certainly worthy of a Michelin star. Next time...More

1  Thank Steve P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a find in a village catering largely for the walkers and campers in the Lake District with good honest pub grub.The food here was exquisite, full of flavour, delicate and interesting. What appeared to be small portions turned out to be totally satisfying and...More

2  Thank landiv313
Reviewed 6 days ago

We ate here at Christmas when we were up in the Lakes for the holidays and when were were booking for our summer Lakes vacation we wanted to be close enough to eat at 1863 again and it did not disappoint. Everything about the meal...More

Thank Helen H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the 6 course tasting menu and my partner had the wine pairing too. The food was great ( I found a couple of the dishes slightly salty) but my partner didn't. I was disappointed that there was no chocolate dishes for either of...More

1  Thank pips78
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the most amazing meals we have ever had . Made to feel so welcome from the moment we walked through the door. A beautiful restaurant, with the most amazing food , wonderful atmosphere, a perfect place to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday ,...More

2  Thank Sarah O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was probably one of the most amazing evenings of our married life. We arrived at 7.30 to be shown to comfy chairs in the window Ordered a drink and had a look at the menu Shown to our table beautifully positioned by the window...More

Thank Mandy E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Out of town visit. Found on trip advisor, last minute booking. Very impressed, service and food were excellent.

Thank Kyle C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food, service and atmosphere were excellent. Attention had clearly been given to every detail and the staff made sure we had a lovely relaxed meal.

Thank Andrew L
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7 July 2018|
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Response from anne t | Reviewed this property |
I imagine there is a pub in Pooley Bridge showing the football, but I doubt this venue will be
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$26 - US$64
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
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
  • E-mail
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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