Lake District Restaurant with Rooms joins culinary greats with 3rd AA Rosette

A Lake District-based restaurant with rooms, 1863, has firmly secured its place within the national food scene. Yesterday, Monday 25 September, the young and dynamic team led by Head Chef and Business Partner, Phil Corrie, received a coveted third AA Rosette at a star-studded, AA Hospitality Awards ceremony hosted by Claudia Winkleman, held at London’s iconic Grosvenor House.

From a culinary perspective, this third rosette puts 1863 into the top 10% of restaurants listed in the AA Guide. The AA Rosette scheme has long been established and successfully recognises cooking at different levels nationwide. The success in achieving Rosettes is based on multiple visits to the restaurant by a team of inspectors who have an unrivalled wealth of experience in assessing culinary excellence.

In their report, the AA inspector remarked that:
“Great skill and technique can be seen [in Phil’s cooking]” and “It is wonderful to be able to look back at the journey that [1863 Restaurant] has been on and to see the improvements that have been made over those years. This is a destination dining experience with wonderful provenance used along with accurate timing as well as thought and imagination given to the marriage of flavours.”

This accolade recognises the Ullswater restaurant’s unwavering commitment to delivering an exceptional dining experience that showcases innovative, seasonal cooking served in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The team hope that this achievement will further establish 1863 as a destination for food enthusiasts and travellers from all over the UK and beyond seeking a remarkable dining experience in the Lake District.

On news of the AA announcement, Phil commented:

“I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or ten at the news that we’d been awarded a third AA rosette. It’s been a tough couple of years, coming through Covid and the inevitable challenges post-Covid presented in terms of staffing and cost of living crisis that has undoubtedly impacted the hospitality sector. But I’m just so proud of what we’re doing here and industry recognition in the form of awards is really very gratifying. The team are all working so hard and pulling together and I think customers see that and appreciate it. This award truly is a testament of passion and dedication of everyone involved, both past and present.

When asked what 2024 holds, Phil is playing his cards close to his chest. This talented chef and graduate of Kendal College will undoubtedly ‘keep pushing’ – continually striving for better. However, right now, the focus is on the run up to Christmas and winter months ahead.


1863, the award-winning, Ullswater-based restaurant with rooms, is marking 2022 with the start of a new chapter. Head Chef, Phil Corrie, who has been with the business since it first opened in 2016, is stepping up to join owners Mark and Anne Vause, as a business partner.

Thanks to the incredibly hard work and significant investment made by the owners, this plucky little restaurant with rooms has become known for punching above its weight – delighting customers by day, by night, overnight and at home as the pandemic has seen it innovate and evolve with the support of its fans from around the country.

Phil (30) has garnered praise from customers and industry peers from the off. And as this new chapter begins, he’s brimming over with ideas as to how to build on the already considerable success the team has achieved so far.

Phil says:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be stepping up to join Mark and Anne as a business partner. 1863 has been a labour of love for all of us over the last six years. As we move forwards, I look forward to working with and welcoming new and old faces alike – both team members and customers; to reintroducing ‘1863 at Home’ on a permanent basis and to really pushing ourselves to achieve new culinary heights. We’re continually seeking out innovative and exciting suppliers and producers as we strive to create even better experiences for our guests.”

And what of Anne and Mark?  Well, after 14 years of long hours and hard graft creating what was Elm House Guest House and is now 1863, Mark and Anne are taking a step back from the day-to-day running to afford them a better work life balance and free them up to concentrate on plans for further improvements and development of the property.  Fortunately, Phil was the natural choice to entrust the continued growth and success of 1863 to.

Mark commented:

“2022 felt like the right time to make this change. We have several exciting opportunities on the horizon including building new adjacent accommodation that has full planning permission in place. This in turn will allow us to add a ground-floor suite  and expand the main kitchen. With all this in mind, we had no hesitation in offering Phil a well-deserved partnership in the business.  Not only has he been Head Chef since the restaurant opened in 2016, but he has also been General Manager since 2018 and is no stranger to the day-to-day running. We know that with Phil in charge, 1863 has a bright and exciting future.”  

So whilst guests might not see Anne and Mark around as much, they will still be there in the background undertaking everything from serving breakfast to room maintenance, building development and paperwork!

Located in Pooley Bridge, 1863 Restaurant with Rooms has 2AA Rosettes for culinary excellence and are the winners of the 2018 Cumbria Life ‘Readers award’ and the highly-coveted 2019 ‘Taste’ Award in the Cumbria Tourism Awards.

To book a room, a meal by day or night visit

Guest Information

Here’s some useful information you might like.


Our guaranteed check-in time is 4.00pm, however rooms can often be ready before this time. If you are arriving earlier you are welcome to leave your car on the car park and your luggage with a member of the team.

Room Cleaning

Please note, if you are staying with us for multiple nights, we will not enter your room for cleaning due to the covid 19 pandemic. If you would like us to clean your room during your stay please speak to a member of staff at breakfast who will arrange this for you. If you require any more tea/coffee, bins emptying etc, again please let a member of the team know who will be happy to help. Thank you for understanding


The front door is locked between the hours of 10.00pm & 4.00pm. The brass key on your room keys will give you access outside of these times.

Please don’t forget to leave your key at reception on the morning of your departure.


Out check-out time is 10.30am on the morning of departure. If you would like to request a late check-out, please speak to a member of the team who will check if this is possible. This would also be subject to a charge of £20.00. Late check-out times may not be available due to staffing levels whilst dealing with social distancing.


Wif-fi is available free of charge throughout the building.

Please select “1863 Customer Wifi Upstairs” from the list.

Password: 1863wifi


If you have any boots / coats / waterproofs which you need drying please let a member of the team know


Should you have any spillages in your room during your stay, please let a member of staff know so that we can assist you in cleaning it up.

Fresh Milk

Milk cartons are available on the beverage tray in your room. Fresh milk is available on request.


Breakfast is served from 8.30am-9.30am.

Please select a breakfast time and order the night before using the slip provided in your room. Please hand this slip to one of our team by 8pm the night before. On arrival at breakfast, please use the table with you corresponding room number. This helps maintain a smooth and safe breakfast experience for all guests


Our bar is open from 4.00pm – 10.00pm daily offering a range of wines, beers & spirits.


Opening times

1.00pm – 3.00pm 1863 by Day

6.00pm – 8.30pm Dinner

  • Booking is essential as we do not automatically reserve tables for residents.
  • Please advise a member of the team if you have any dietary requirements or allergies
  • There is no dress code at 1863
  • From 7.30pm we kindly request that only children over 12 are in the restaurant, this is for the peace and comfort of other guests


We welcome children over the age of 12 to stay in our rooms. All of our rooms sleep a maximum occupancy of 2 people. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Car Park

We have a small car park on site and some additional off site parking if required. This is on a first come first served basis

Smoking & E-cigarettes

Smoking and e-cigarettes are prohibited in any area. If this policy is ignored, we reserve the right to charge a deep cleaning levy of £150 and may ask you to leave the premises



The team from 1863, the Ullswater-based restaurant with rooms, are raising a glass to celebrate reopening on Thursday 20 May – its fifth birthday. As restrictions continue to ease, this plucky little restaurant with rooms, known for punching above its weight, reopens to guests by day, by night, overnight and at home as the pandemic has seen it innovate and evolve with the support of its fans from around the country.

Owner, Mark Vause, commented:

Never in a month of Sundays did I think we’d be marking our fifth birthday by re-opening our business for a third time in 18 months because of a pandemic. But here we are, and we’re absolutely delighted to be able to say that, as we are all too aware that other businesses have not been so fortunate. Now the team’s focus is very much on doing what we do best – welcoming back guests and creating fabulous food.”

And the diary is looking busy. While evening dining and rooms are in high demand until late Summer, 1863 ‘by day’ (Saturdays and Sundays only) has good availability.

Head Chef and General Manager, Phil Corrie commented:

“We simply would not be here without the support of our customers from around Cumbria and indeed the UK. Thanks to them we’ve been able to launch two new initiatives despite lockdown. What lockdown did for us in a positive way was it actually allowed us to really look at the 1863 as a whole, take a step back and see where we could improve and how we could expand previous offerings.”

‘1863 by day’ came first, offering guests the chance to experience 1863 at lunchtime; it’s proved very popular, especially in the summer months as diners take advantage of the venue’s private courtyard garden area.

The November lockdown saw the team trial yet another new model – ‘1863 at home’ – weekly food boxes delivered nationwide. This was a very different model to their usual day-to-day running and took some getting used to at first.

Phil continued:

“Initially we thought this was just a way to engage with customers during lockdown however it turned out a major added benefit was that ‘at home’ really helped us keep our tight-knit team together throughout the more difficult lockdown winter months.”

And it’s become clear that there’s a real desire to see ‘1863 at Home’ continue as a regular offering. To facilitate this, the business has hired two more local people to join the team full-time. With just under two weeks to go until reopening, it’s safe to say the team is ready and raring to go!

Located in Pooley Bridge, 1863 Restaurant with Rooms has 2AA Rosettes for culinary excellence and are the winners of the 2018 Cumbria Life ‘Readers award’ and the highly-coveted 2019 ‘Taste’ Award in the Cumbria Tourism Awards.

To book a room, a meal by day or night or to order an ‘at home’ food box for delivery, visit



We’re looking for a Part Time Housekeeper.

We’re an award-winning restaurant with rooms based in the beautiful Lake District. Our customers are happy, loyal and appreciate what we do. Our team is motivated, multi-cultural and committed to excellence.

We have an opportunity to join our fantastic housekeeping team – here’s what we can offer:

  • £10.50 per hour
  • Hours from 9.00am – 3.00pm, includes weekends
  • 12 – 16 hours per week
  • Generous equal, share of tips
  • Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day off
  • Staff pension scheme
  • 25% Staff discount

Interested? Call Phil on 07803 840215 for an informal chat or Email your CV to arrange an interview.




1863 is Covid-compliant!

Covid-19 Update – Reopening Friday 4th December.

Following the end of the second national lockdown restriction we will now re-open on Friday 4 December.

While we can’t wait to welcome you all back, Cumbria is under tier 2 restrictions, we ask that all of our guests adhere to the new tier local restrictions in your local area.

Tier 3 travel restrictions: We are currently following government guidance by not accepting bookings from tier 3 areas. We are contacting guests affected by the tier 3 travel restrictions in order of booking dates and thank you for your patience during this time. We will continue to have a flexible approach our cancellation policy as recommended by the chief medical officer:

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy

Room bookings can be cancelled or transferred up to 48hrs prior to arrival with no charge. If you need to cancel or amend your booking within 48hrs of arrival due to COVID-19, we can transfer your booking to another suitable date, however rates may differ between dates.

Any cancellations or amendments within 48hrs, that are not as a direct result of COVID-19, will result in our retaining the charge for the first night of your stay.


Our policy is to mitigate the risk through good practice and risk assessment. We’ll take all necessary measures to deliver the 1863 experience safely.

  • 1863 by day & dinner reservations for will be staggered to support social distancing.
  • All tables are sanitised before each use & the table is yours to enjoy your evening. Please feel free to join us for a drink at your table before your reservation time.
  • Menus & napkins will be single use & our full wine list is available via a QR code
  • Tables have been positioned the required distance apart in line with the latest government guidelines.
  • We are taking table bookings for a maximum of up to 2 people online, if you wish to book for a table larger than 2 please call us on 017684 86334 but this can only be made up of 1 household or support bubble. For guidance on what defines a support bubble please click here. Due to the constantly changing nature of this guidance, we will be continuously reviewing this.
  • Payment is preferred by card or mobile payment method.


  • We’re working on adapting our Check In and Check Out process to speed this up, support social distancing and to ensure the safety of all guests and our team. Guests will be contacted with details of exact procedures in advance of their stay.
  • We’ll ask our guests to reserve their Breakfast time on arrival.
  • Room information will be available online via a QR code
  • Our menu will be available on the website for guests to browse in their rooms.
  • If a stay is more than 1 night, our housekeeping team will not enter the room unless requested by the guest
  • All of our soft furnishings have been removed from our rooms


  • Our public areas & guests rooms are cleaned using cleaning products proven to be effective against Coronavirus
  • All of our high volume guest touch point areas including door handles, handrails are sanitised hourly
  • Credit card machines are sanitised after each use
  • Tables are sanitised after each guest visit
  • All public areas are deep cleaned daily
  • All of our soft furnishings have been removed from our rooms & public areas
  • We have increased the numbers of antibacterial hand sanitisers available in all areas


Gift Vouchers

  • All gift vouchers with expiry dates in August, September, October, November or December 2020 will be extended by 6 months.
  • All new gift vouchers purchased will have 2 years expiry date

Please note that you are unable to use a Gift Voucher online to make room reservation. Please contact us on 017684 8334 and a member of the team will be happy to help

Tasting Menu

Inspired by our regularly changing 3-course dinner menu, why not try our Tasting Menu available every evening.

Book early for this very special treat…

Sample Tasting Menu 2022

7 Courses for £85 per person / £145 per person with Wine Flight

  • Beetroot Smoked Crapaudine, Ragstone, Seeded Cracker
  • Dexter Beef Cheek Ravioli Shallot Crumb, Chive
  • Nordic Halibut Brown Butter Bisque, Potato Puree, Salsify
  • Cartmel Valley Venison Hen of the Woods, Parsnip, Winter Truffle
  • Baron Bigod Winter Truffle, Lowther Honey, Candied Walnut
  • Yoghurt Yuzu, White Chocolate, Douglas Fir
  • Yorkshire Rhubarb Whipped Cheesecake, Gingerbread, Brioche

A Little Cheese?

  • Cheese Board Pitchfork Cheddar, Cotehill Blue, Wigmore, Ragstone, Appleby Cheshire Additional course £15.00 Vieux Pineau des Charentes, Chateau de Montifaud | France | 50ml

Opening hours:

1863 Restaurant is open Thursday – Monday

1pm – 3pm (Sat & Sun): 1863 by Day
6pm – 8.30pm (Thur – Mon): Dinner
11pm: Carriages


Dietary Requirements:

Whilst we can cater for some dietary requirements including vegetarian / pescatarian, we are unable to cater for a vegan diet. Dairy products are used throughout our menus making these unsuitable for guests with a lactose allergy or those who require a dairy-free diet

We require 48 hours notice to allow us to cater for dietary requirements. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you have any requirements.


Cancellation Policy:

  • Please note that credit / debit card details are required to make a reservation. These are securely stored with PCI-compliant third-party called Stripe.
  • We reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee if you do not turn up for your reservation.
  • In the event of a “no show”, our fee is £25 per person for Lunch or £50 per person for Dinner

Good to know:

  • From 8.30pm we kindly request that only children 10+ are in the restaurant.
  • Please note the maximum group size we are able to accommodate is 6.
  • If you would like to bring a party larger than 6, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
  • Read our Accessibility Guide here.



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