About the food

Sharrow Bay is renowned for its award-winning fine-dining, in the most magnificent setting - toes almost touching the lake as you look along the Ullswater Valley. 

We’ve been using the best of fresh local produce, the most knowledgeable and dedicated local suppliers, and the bounty of our lakeshore gardens, (including the walled kitchen garden and glasshouses), since the very beginning in 1948. We didn’t realise they were ‘trends’, as to us they are the basic ethos of our food and hospitality.

Francis Coulson passed his passions and beliefs onto his protégées, our Head Chef Mark Teasdale joined Sharrow Bay the 1st February, 1997. He is the son of a local traditional Hill Farmer, and welded to the ingrained food ethos he was trained in, is his passionate belief in supporting local food producers. As to be expected, having been brought up on a hill farm with Herdwick sheep, the local lamb is a firm favourite and his signature dish.

The jewel of Francis Coulson’s culinary heritage is his invention of Icky Sticky Toffee Pudding, in the 1970s. Francis’ creation is a feather light figgy sponge drenched in toffee sauce, served with ice-cream or cream, it is heavenly.

The restaurant is open every day to non-residents as well as hotel guests, offering a choice of menus from Fine-Dining through to delightfully informal - especially when the sun is shining on our lakeside terrace and we can enjoy alfresco eating.

To complement the award-winning cuisine, the hotel’s cellars are famed for their selection of over 700 fine wines, including carefully selected vintages chosen by our Sommeliers. These are complemented by a range of artisan produced spirits, and the best local ales.

Please be aware we welcome children over the age of 12 years.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Winner of Lakeland Hotel of the Year 2015, Lancashire and Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards.
The Food Awards, Best Hotel Restaurant North, 2016.
Best Waterside Hotel UK and Ireland, 2018, Condé Nast Johansens.
To book a table in our restaurant, please call 01768 486301 or email [email protected]  

Morning Coffee: served daily from 10am to 12noon: Tea/coffee and home-made biscuits £4.50

Lunch: served daily from 12noon to 1:30pm 

Monday to Saturday: Mark Teasdale's Lunch Menu £29.50; Gourmet Menu £70.00 (includes Coffee/Tea and Petit Fours)
Sunday: Our Sharrow Through the Ages Sunday Lunch Menu £39.50 this changes monthly, and is a nostalgic revisiting of past menus. 

Afternoon Tea: served daily from 3.30pm to 4pm: Cream Tea £17.00; Full Afternoon Tea £27.50; Champagne Afternoon Tea £43.00

Dinner: served daily from 6:30pm to 9.00pm: Gourmet Menu £70.00; Mark Teasdale's Surprise Tasting Menu £90.00 (both dinner menus include Coffee/Tea and Petit Fours)

We advise you book ahead where possible to avoid disappointment, and so we can help you with any special dietary requirements.