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Matthew's Bistro

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Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
+44 15394 31234
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Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to Matthews early in the evening, the food and service was excellent. The French Onion soup is to die for. I also had the Lamb shoulder, this was also fantastic. My wife had the same and agreed it was one of the best meals we have had in restaurant. The front of house staff were really attentive and... More 

Thank Paul H
Ayr, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Garlic mushrooms starter and Thai Chicken curry were delicious. Very friendly atmosphere. Good find.

Thank Mary W
Otley, England, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Dined at Matthew's on a rainy evening in February. Service was very friendly, the food was good and the portions very substantial. I was challenged to finish my Cumberland sausage, and for me that is saying something! Would be very happy to return when the opportunity arises again.

Thank Mark B
Billingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just been with family including two year old granddaughter. Fantastic place, had a great night. Peter in the front of house made us all feel really welcome from entering to leaving. The food was really tasty, well presented and a good size ( French onion soup was spot on). Price was very reasonable. Wasn't very busy as we went early... More 

Thank p2tol
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144 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited with friends as the place has been recommended. Good choice of dishes many using locally sourced ingredients - all the food was perfectly cooked and nicely presented, portions were quite big, tables nicely set and it wasn't busy so not too noisy, I would imagine noise levels would be quite high when the place is full. Dessert menu not... More 

Thank fabatfiftyCambs
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42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Booked based on tripadvisor and google reviews. Assumed could be busy on a Friday evening as not a huge place, so booked it. Glad I did it was very busy don't think walk ins would get a table especially more than a couple of you. It was a cold March night so imagine in high season would be impossible to... More 

Thank thefamilywong
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit here whilst stopping in ambleside and we will defintely return on any future holidays , we both had starters and mains but unfortunatley no room for a sweet. Food was lovely all fresh and the hottest mains i have ever been served , nice atmosphere and service.

Thank Sue C
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food - disappointed in smoked haddock risotto (not arborio rice as advertised) & desert rather amateurish & could have been flung together by a 5 year old.

Thank johnstimson
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great restaurant,food,service and ambience all top notch. Goats cheese and Parma ham starter was delicious and I just didn't want to stop eating the chicken stroganoff! Sadly no room for dessert

Thank Kim N
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I ate here for the first time during our stay nearby. The service was good, the food was of a very high standard and our only regret was that we were too full to sample the puddings. We will certainly return next time we are in the area.

Thank Graham N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 31234

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?