A meal at Low Wood Bay is a meal you won't quickly forget.
The second I stepped into the Windermere Restaurant, housed within the spacious English Lakes resort, I knew I was in for a special evening.
Traditional English oak wall panelling, shimmering crystal chandeliers and a stunning view across the famous body of water the restaurant takes its name from, this tastefully modern setting oozes class.
And it is complemented by a sumptuous menu boasting a delectable selection of classic European dishes.
Faced with a very real culinary conundrum I decided to give myself a bit more time by sampling what the local brewery had to offer. After asking the waiter what tipple he'd recommend I was presented with a pint of Blonde Boar - brewed at nearby sister hotel The Wild Boar. A light and refreshing ale, its fruity aroma and zesty taste was a definite palate pleaser.
Back to the food and after much deliberation I eventually plumped for the barbecue duck breast to start. Presented on a tidy bed of rice noodles with an Asian style salad and blood orange dressing, the dish was sweet and packed full of flavour. The perfect appetiser and a promising sign of things to come.
For the main, I picked out the lamb cutlets served with ricotta cheese croquettes, sweetbread, whisky and wholegrain mustard sauce. A side order of chunky chips also made its way onto the order.
I don't usually opt for lamb dishes but I fancied something a bit different and the whisky and wholegrain mustard sauce sealed the deal.
The lamb was exquisite. Generally a quite fatty meat there was barely a slither of fat on the three cutlets that came. Cooked medium rare, the meat fell apart in my mouth. The ricotta cheese croquette was an ideal accompaniment and the whisky and wholegrain mustard sauce did add an unforgettable flavour.
The 'famous' Low Wood Bay sticky toffee pudding was quite simply one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. Cooked from a 190-year-old recipe and served with vanilla bean ice cream and a hot butterscotch sauce, I very nearly ordered another.
This was my first time eating at Low Wood's Windermere Restaurant. I highly doubt it will be my last.