Oak Bank

‘We know what to expect when we come: outstanding food, lovely staff, a restful stay,’ writes a returning guest this year at Glynis and Simon Wood’s family-run hotel in Cumbria’s most popular village. More

Contact details

Oak Bank
Broadgate
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9TA
England
015394 35217

Hotel information

Bedrooms

13. 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year except 17–26 Dec, 2–18 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 areas.

Children

not under 10 in restaurant or public rooms after 6 pm.

Dogs

allowed in 3 bedrooms, front lounge.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £80–£170, D,B&B £123–£235. Set dinner £45, tasting menu £65. 1-night bookings usually refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘We know what to expect when we come: outstanding food, lovely staff, a restful stay,’ writes a returning guest this year at Glynis and Simon Wood’s family-run hotel in Cumbria’s most popular village. ‘The owners’ raison d’être is to ensure that guests experience the best hospitality,’ comments another. ‘What more could you want?’ Well, a little sharper service in the dining room, say some (otherwise satisfied) Guide readers. All praise the ‘friendly welcome’, the comforts of log fires, the pleasure of a beer in the garden. ‘Really nice’ bedrooms are supplied with still and sparkling water, bathrobes, good toiletries; the best have a double-ended bath or spa bath in the bathroom. In the dining room, Stephen Collier’s ‘superb, imaginative’ modern dishes might include braised asparagus, Parmesan, duck egg, tomato essence; Herdwick lamb, pickled cabbage, seaweed, anchovy. ‘The canapés are a bonus.’ Wake to fruit smoothies on a ‘fresh, varied’ breakfast menu; fruit compotes, cereals and freshly baked croissants are accompanied by fish dishes, omelettes or Scotch pancakes with maple syrup. (Ann McEwan, Flora Marriott, Sandra Ashton, 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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