Oak Bank

In an unassuming village in the Lake District (best known, perhaps, for its gingerbread and its Wordsworth connection), Glynis and Simon Wood’s ‘friendly’, ‘good-value’ family-run hotel houses a remarkable restaurant offering ‘imaginative’ dishes with a local flavour. More

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Oak Bank
Broadgate
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9TA
England
015394 35217
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

13. 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year except 18–26 Dec, 2–19 Jan.

Facilities

lounge, bar, restaurant, conservatory dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview or FreeSat), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

classical at breakfast, 'easy listening'/R&B at dinner in dining rooms.

Children

not under 10 in public rooms after 6 pm.

Dogs

allowed in 3 bedrooms, front lounge.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per person B&B £35–£87.50, D,B&B £63.50–£116. Set dinner £41.50, tasting menu £62.50. 1-night bookings usually refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

In an unassuming village in the Lake District (best known, perhaps, for its gingerbread and its Wordsworth connection), Glynis and Simon Wood’s ‘friendly’, ‘good-value’ family-run hotel houses a remarkable restaurant offering ‘imaginative’ dishes with a local flavour. ‘We couldn’t have asked for better,’ writes a Guide reader in 2016. Sample a local beer in the mature garden, or sink into a chair by the lounge fire with Dorothy Wordsworth’s Home at Grasmere. ‘The service is attentive without being obtrusive.’ At dinner, the ‘creative’ modern dishes might include pan-seared wood pigeon, roast celeriac, pickled mushroom, dashi broth. ‘Little extras like the home-baked breads and the canapés are a lovely bonus.’ ‘We were the only diners one night, and the chef asked what we liked.’ Check into individually designed bedrooms, all with sherry and home-made biscuits. ‘Our quiet second-floor room was warm on a cold day.’ The ‘varied’ breakfast menu includes Scotch pancakes and omelettes, ‘always piping hot’ (though ‘we would’ve liked better bread’). ‘We’ve booked to return in a fortnight.’ (Lorraine Burns, Donald Reid, and others)

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Oak Bank
Broadgate
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9TA

Guest comments

'Nice family-run hotel. We had a room on the second floor, it was warm (weather was cold), and sunny. Sherry and home made biscuits provided each day; recently re-fitted bathroom Food was good, the chef was creative. Breakfasts were fine for what we were paying (would have preferred better bread), but otherwise all very good value. ' - Donald Reid - February, 2016
'We were impressed by the hotel and by Darren Cornish's cooking. The staff maintain a high standard of service.The hotel is very well placed for bus services. ' - John and Theresa Stewart - July, 2014
'A small hotel with an exceptional restaurant. The food was superb. Many 'ohs' and 'ars' from the assembled diners. The owners are a delight (speaking to Glynis as we were booking confirmed my hope that it was likely to be an enjoyable stay). This is no luxury hotel but it doesn't hold itself out as one. A number of the rooms have been refurbish and others are to be imminently: our room was in the latter category but was still very comfortable. Everyone there was effusive about the restaurant, the hotel generally and the staff. ' - Rick Holland - March, 2014

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