A la Carte

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Our A la Carte menu is served daily and changes frequently. Rarely are two weeks the same and Chef Phil and his team work hard to source and forage for local produce to surprise and delight your gastronomic senses.

1863 Restaurant: Sample Menu 2019

Starters

  • Beetroot Ragstones, Seeded Cracker V £8.50 Pinot Noir, Sanziana, Romania 125ml £5.10
  • Partridge Pear, Elderberry, Shropshire Blue £10.00 Gamay, Bourgogne, France 125ml £7.90
  • Mackerel Yorkshire Kohlrabi, Buttermilk, Dill (GF) £9.50 Vinho Verde, Raza, Portugal 125ml £6.50
  • Lamb Tartare Smoked Yoghurt, Mint, Focaccia £9.00 Cabernet Franc, Fantasia, Argentina 125ml £7.70

Main Courses

  • Duck Leg Pastilla, Celeriac £26.00 Mercurey, Domaine Faiveley, France 175ml £11.40
  • Roe Deer Butternut Squash, Hen of the Woods (GF) £26.00 Tinto, Quinta de Chocapalha, Portugal 175ml £9.50
  • Belly Pork Black Pudding, Glazed Cheek, Sweet Potato £22.00 White Blend, Susanna Balbo, Argentina 175ml £12.10
  • Cod Loin Cauliflower, Bacon, Parsley £21.50 Pinot Gris, The Lane, Australia 125ml £11.00
  • Courgette Flower Provencal Vegetables, Isle of White Tomatoes V (GF) £16.00 Sancerre, Domaine Daulny, France 175ml £10.50

Desserts

  • Almond Frangipane, Cherry £8.00 Monbazillac,Chateau Septy, France 50ml £5.60
  • Parfait Mint Choc-Chip, Peppermint Aero £8.50 Sticky Mickey, New Zealand 50ml £6.40
  • Chilled Rice Pudding (GF) Mango, Coconut £8.50 Sticky Mickey, New Zealand 50ml £6.40
  • Apple Toasted Sponge, Custard Ice-Cream £8.50 Vinsanto, Italy, 50ml £10.00

Cheese

  • A selection of Cheeses Artisan Biscuits, Chutney (GFA) 5 Cheeses / 8 Cheeses £12 / £15.50 20yr Tawny Port 50ml £8.00

Opening hours:

1863 Restaurant is currently open 7 days.

11 November – 11 February: 1863 Restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday – Sunday excluding Tue 24, Wed 25 and Thu 26 December and Thu 2 – Thu 16 January inclusive.

2pm: The Bar opens
2pm – 4pm: Join us for a ‘Bite to Eat
6pm: The Restaurant opens for dinner

To book a table, please call 017684 86334.

Good to know:

  • Our children’s menu is available until 6.30pm.
  • 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. Please note groups of 6+ are subject to deposits and pre-orders.
  • Have a look at our latest wine list here
  • Read our Accessibility Guide here.

Tasting Menu

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Inspired by our regularly changing A la Carte menu, why not try our Tasting Menu available every evening for a maximum of just eight people? Book early for this very special treat…

1863 Restaurant: Sample Tasting Menu 2019

 

6 Courses for £65 per person

  • Beetroot Ragstones, Seeded Cracker
  • Lamb Tartare Smoked Yoghurt, Mint, Focaccia
  • Cod Cauliflower, Bacon, Parsley
  • Duck Leg Pastilla, Celeriac
  • Damson Raspberry, Meringue
  • Apple Sponge, Custard Ice-Cream

From our Cellar...

  • Wine Flight Try our Signature wine flight £45

To finish...

  • A selection of Cheeses Artisan Biscuits, Chutney 5 Cheeses / 8 Cheeses £12 / £15.50
  • Coffee & Petit Fours £5

Opening hours:

1863 Restaurant is currently open 7 days.

11 November – 11 February: 1863 Restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday – Sunday excluding Tue 24, Wed 25 and Thu 26 December and Thu 2 – Thu 16 January inclusive.

2pm: The Bar opens
6pm: The Restaurant opens for dinner
8pm: Last bookings for Tasting Menus

To book a table, please call 017684 86334.

Good to know:

  • The Tasting Menu is available to just 8 customers per night.
  • Please note this menu must be taken by the whole table.
  • You must request the Tasting Menu at the time of booking. We cannot guarantee availability if not booked in advance.
  • If booking with less than 24hrs notice please call to check availability 017684 86334.
  • The table is yours for the night however, please allow 3 hours for this dining experience.
  • Your booking time is the point at which your table is available to you. If you’d like to join us for a pre-dinner drink at the bar or in the lounge please arrive in advance of your actual reservation time.
  • Please note our latest booking time for Tasting Menus is 8pm
  • Tasting Menus require a deposit of £15 per person. This is refundable when canceled with 48 hours notice
  • Vegan / vegetarian tasting menu available with 48 hours notice. Full payment on booking
  • Have a look at our latest wine list here
  • Read our Accessibility Guide here.

 

Tasting Evenings & Events

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We host regular tasting evenings and events throughout the year. Tickle your taste buds and delight in new culinary discoveries as Head Chef Phil and his kitchen team challenge themselves and our diners with memorable menus and exciting ingredients!

To book a table, please call 017684 86334.

Next Tasting Evening

Are you game?

  • Friday 13 September Back by popular demand! To mark the start of the game season, we present a menu with a distinctly gamey flavour. £65
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  • Rabbit Black pudding, hazelnut
  • Partridge Pear, Saffron
  • Grouse Sweetcorn, Pinenut
  • Roe Deer Squash, Girroles,
  • Blackcurrant Raspberry, Meringue
  • Michel Cluziel Chocolate Damson
  • Coffee & Petit Fours

Previous Tasting Evenings

Something Fishy for February

  • Friday 23 February Wash away the excesses of the festive season with an evening fresh fish, skilfully prepared and delicately presented. £65
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Menu

  • Sardines on Toast & Cured Arctic Char
  • Crab Ravioli Scallop, Bacon
  • Skrei Cod Wild Garlic, Sea Vegetables
  • Turbot Parsnip, Truffled Potatoes
  • Lemon Meringue
  • Damson Yoghurt, White Chocolate
  • Coffee & Petit Fours

A Taste of Spring

  • Friday 27 April A first taste of the new growing season’s crop – think wild garlic and Spring lamb £60
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Menu

  • Wye Valley Asparagus Tart St.James Custard
  • Wild Garlic Veloute
  • Goosnargh Duck Leg Wye Valley Rhubarb
  • Herdwick Lamb Morel Mushrooms, Jersey Royals
  • Michel Cluizel Chocolate Birch Sap
  • Gariguette Strawberries Flowering Currant, Hay
  • Coffee & Petit Fours

A Menu of Midsummer Magic

  • Friday 29 June Celebrate summer with a menu that’s sure to feature goodies from the greenhouse, succulent strawberries and the odd oyster. £65
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Menu

  • Lindisfarne Oyster Cucumber, Yuzu
  • Roe Deer Garlic Capers, Nasturtium
  • Monkfish Cheek Garden Peas, Cartmel Valley Pancetta
  • Herdwick Lamb BBQ Courgette, Baby Gem
  • Gooseberry Yoghurt, Granola
  • Strawberry Elderflower, Pistachio, Sorrel
  • Coffee Petit Fours
  • Wine Flight £30.00

Plotting Gunpowder and Treason

  • Friday 9 November Remember, remember the fifth of November…An historic and explosive tasting menu featuring dishes inspired by 17th-century cuisine with a 21st-century makeover. £65
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Menu

  • Ham Hock Terrine Crispy Cheek, Pickles
  • Deer Pye Mushroom
  • Smoked Trout Black Pudding, Vejus
  • Powdered Duck Plum, Duck Fat Potatos
  • Marshmallows
  • Toffee Apple Croissant Pudding, Burnt Apple
  • Coffee Parkin, Treacle Toffee

New Year's Eve

  • Monday 31 December A sparkling evening of culinary extravagance to welcome in the New Year. £75

Need to know:

  • Please call 017684 86334 to make the initial booking, at which time we will take a £15 non-refundable deposit per person for the evening.
  • Any additional drinks taken on the evening will be charged for on the evening.
  • We try to publish menus here on or around the first of each Tasting Evening month.

Bite to Eat

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Join us during the day from 2pm to 4pm for our ‘Bite to Eat’ menu. Homemade, seasonal soups rub shoulders with platters of Cumbrian Charcuterie and our cheese board is always a treat to behold. Pop in, take a pew and enjoy a daytime taste of 1863…

1863 Bistro: Bite to Eat Menu

A little taste

  • Pipers Crisps Sweet Chilli or Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt £1.50
  • Mixed Olives Mixed Olives in Herbs £2.50

A little more

  • A Bowl of Soup Ullswater Bread and Jersey Butter (V) £6
  • Bread and Olives Olive Oil, Balsamic, Mixed Olives, Sun-Blushed Tomatoes £5.50
  • Cheese Plate Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, Ragstones, 1924, Juno, 1863 Chutney, Artisan Biscuits (GFA) £10.50
  • Cumbrian Charcuterie Plate Chorizo, Bresaola, Sun blushed tomato, Mrs Kirkhams Cheese, Ullswater Bread , Olives £12.50

Wild about wine…

This moth’s blog is by Richard Bracken who works for local wine merchant Grapevine. It’s a role he’s new to, having worked at Askham Hall and the George and Dragon Clifton over the past 5 years. Richard’s passion for wine developed whilst at Askham Hall where he was fortunate to be plucked by Nico Chieze to be his assistant, which entailed drawing from his vast knowledge. Nico encouraged him to take exams with the Court of Master Sommeliers and Wine and Spirits Education Trust, being tutored along the way by a number of Masters of Wine, as well as helping him reach the Regional Finals in the UK Sommelier of the Year competition. He also undertook a number of trips to work voluntarily in some of the top restaurants in London and had the chance to help in the 2016 vintage at some fantastic Chateaux in Bordeaux. His thirst for knowledge has certainly not been quenched and he has every ambition to reach the highest echelons of qualifications within wine.

“First things first it’s an absolute pleasure to be writing this blog post for the guys at 1863. It’s a restaurant and team that is so enjoyable to work with as a wine merchant and, as I’m about to explain, we’ve had some real fun with their new and improved wine list!”

“Wine is a subject for everybody but is often overlooked as pretentious and scary, with guests having no idea which direction to take on a wine list. Yes there’s a tasting note, but if you haven’t actually tried that wine before is it worth taking the gamble on trying something different? Far too often we fall into that trap of sticking with our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or our Argentinian Malbec. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying these wines but in my opinion part of going out to enjoy a fantastic dinner is to experience new flavours and ideas – with food AND wine.”

“In a recent previous life, I was a Sommelier. My job was to look after a 600 bottle wine list and to help guide guests through it. Nothing gave me more pleasure than being able to recommend wines that were interesting and unique and take guests out of their comfort zone. I’m hoping to bring this experience to help restaurants like 1863 have a diverse selection of world class wines on their list for you to discover and enjoy. Below are a few bottles of killer juice that have made their way to Pooley Bridge!”

 

“The Susanna Balbo ‘White Blend’ from the Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina, is a real stunner and made by one of the leading female winemakers in the world. It’s a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon which is the primary blend of grapes in white Bordeaux’s. What gives this wine an interesting twist however, is the addition of Torrontes into the blend. This is Argentina’s national grape that you’ve probably never heard of and is a rich, floral and spicy characteristic which works well with the freshness and acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc. There’s also a struck match character from a little bit of oak ageing which gives another layer of complexity. It’s a real stunner and I know it’s a wine that’s stolen the hearts of everyone that’s tried it!”

 

 

“We’ve also added a fantastic Vinho Verde to the list, much to Nuno’s delight! Vinho Verde is a region in the very North of Portugal and produces wines that are light, fresh and zesty. This example, from Quinta de Raza, is a blend of Arinto and Azal which bring flavours of lemon zest and grapefruit. It’s great enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or with light and fresh fish dishes. If you have the chance to try it, notice the slight spritz. That’s due to the wine being bottled when it’s fresh and young which traps the CO2, creating a real sensation in the mouth.
At the opposite end of Portugal, we’ve brought in a wonderfully rich and succulent red called Euphoria from the Algarve – a fitting name! it’s a blend of Touriga Nacional, Aragonez and Sousao that spend 9 months in used French oak. This brings a touch of toasty spice to a wine packed to the brim with plummy, berry fruit. It’s absolutely crying out for a great piece of Cumbrian Venison or a rich beef dish.”

 

“You might spot Sir Richard Branson tucking into Phil’s food when he hears his wine is on the list. Believe it or not he owns a vineyard in the Franschoek Valley, South Africa, called Mont Rochelle and uses the talents of a brilliant and pioneering English wine making team to produce wines of top, top quality. The Little Rock cuvee is blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with dollops of Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot – Bordeaux meets South of France if you will. It’s bursting with cranberries and raspberries with a lovely supple texture, as well as South Africa’s trademark smokiness. If it’s good enough for Sir Richard, it’s good enough for me.

There’s plenty more than the above on offer, but I suppose you’ll just have to head for a meal and find out for yourselves! Have a chat to Mark, Anne and Nuno who will pass on their passion for these fantastic wines and help guide you towards something new and interesting. After all, great food deserves great wine.”

Happy drinking!

Gift Vouchers

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We sell gift vouchers in denominations of £10, £20 and £50. The vouchers come in a stylish presentation wallet with space for your message and you can either call in in person to buy them or we can help you over the phone and post them out to you.

To buy over the phone please call the team on 017684 86334.

Peter Rabbit: Mischief & Mayhem Exhibition

Until Sunday 3 June

Bunnies will be bouncing all over our Gallery, as Cumbria’s most famous literary character Peter Rabbit jumps right off the page in this interactive exhibition about Beatrix Potter’s first creation.

This exhibition tells the story of the creation of Peter Rabbit and includes original artworks and manuscripts which are rarely exhibited. It also reveals a fresh insight into the innovative way Beatrix Potter developed Peter Rabbit toys and games.

Children can play like Peter in an interactive learning area. Activities include a giant board game, playing shop, and performing scenes from the Tales. Will your little bunnies help Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle hang out the washing, or aid Mr. McGregor planting carrots in his garden?

Find out more…

Christmas

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Christmas at 1863 is a really lovely affair. We’re not a traditional ‘party’ venue, but if you’re looking for a warm welcome, memorable food experience and a touch of Christmas sparkle, then we just might be the place for your family or work celebration. With just 30 covers, don’t delay – we have an inkling we might get busy…

 

1863 Bistro: Sample Festive Tasting Menu
The very best way to experience food at 1863 this Christmas

 

6 Courses for £60 per person

  • Venison Doughnut Mulled Wine and Celeriac
  • Heritage Carrot Spiced Crumb, Prune, Armagnac
  • Gigha Halibut Warm Tartar Sauce, Yorkshire Caviar, Yuzu
  • Duck Breast Sprouts, Chestnuts, Cranberry
  • Clementine Parfait Bergamot, Basil
  • Our Sticky Toffee Medjool Dates, Cinder Toffee

From our Cellar...

  • Wine Flight Try a Classic or our Signature wine flight £30 / £45

To finish...

  • A selection of Cheeses Artisan Biscuits, Chutney 5 Cheeses / 8 Cheeses £12.50 / £15.50
  • Coffee & Petit Fours £5

A La Carte Festive Menu at 1863 Bistro

Starters

  • Butternut Squash Pumpkin Seed, Sage £8.00
  • Partridge Walnut, Fig £10.00
  • Duck Leg Confit Yolk, Cumberland Jelly £8.50
  • Monkfish Smoked Bacon, Cassoulet £9.00

Main Courses

  • Beef Sirloin Oxtail, Glazed Onion £25.50
  • Roe Deer Piccolo Parsnip,  Hen of Woods, Truffle £26.00
  • Chicken Leek, Potato , Crispy Oyster £21.50
  • Gigha Halibut Mussels, Creme Fraiche, Dill £23.00
  • Carrot Ewes’ Curd, Prune £16.00

Desserts

  • Sticky Toffee Medjool Date, Honeycomb £8.50
  • Gingerbread Stout Ice Cream £8.00
  • Spiced Pear Parfait, Caramel £8.50
  • Michel Cluziel Chocolate Clementine £8.50

Cheese

  • A selection of Cheeses Cheese Biscuits, Fruit Preserve, Honeyed Walnuts 5 Cheeses / 8 Cheeses £12.50 / £15.50

Winter Opening hours: 

11 November – 11 February: 1863 Restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday – Sunday excluding Tue 24, Wed 25 and Thu 26 December and Thu 2 – Thu 16 January inclusive.

Tue 24 December: The bar is open from 2pm – come and enjoy some Christmas cheer!

New Year’s Day: we are serving food from 6pm – 8pm

Need to know:

  • Our festive menu is served from Wed 4 December – Mon 30 December.
  • Please note we are closed for dinner Tue 24, Wed 25 and Thu 26 December.
  • 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. Please note groups of 6+ are subject to deposits and pre-orders.
  • Have a look at our latest wine list here

To book a table, please call 017684 86334.

 

10 years on…the things we remember!

February 1 2018 marked 10 years to the day we bought and moved into what was then – Elm House. We’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic this month – so we thought we’d share some of the highlights of our first decade with you…

2008: New Beginnings

When we bought Elm House in 2008 it was a 5-bedroom B&B.  We renovated and restructured to make it into 8 bedrooms and over the course of the next 6 years we renovated and redecorated all of the rooms, timescale and budget allowing.


2009: Mark rises to local prominence

Did you know that Mark spent 5 years as Chair of the valley’s local tourism group – The Ullswater Association? As if he doesn’t have enough on his plate, that meant coordinating a group of 70 businesses around the valley in an effort to raise Ullswater’s profile to visitors both old and new.

2011: Keeping it in the family

Anne’s brother, Colin Hindle, took over the day to day running of Pooley Bridge’s beloved ‘Granny Dowbekin’s Tearooms‘. Now the Hindle family’s businesses ‘bookended’ the village.

2012: A TV Debut

We made our TV debut on none other than Cumbria TV in 2012 – the evidence is still lurking on the internet for all to see so you go, enjoy a giggle at our expense!

2014: Finally – a space to call our own

An important moment in our personal lives as we designed, built and christened our Summer house. After six years of living on the top floor of Elm House with no space for entertaining, our Summer House was a welcome (and social) addition to our living space.

 

 

2015: Tour of Britain comes to Pooley Bridge

Bikes – a lot of them – it was brilliant!

2015: Tragedy – The End of an Era

On Sunday 6 December, following the devastation of Storm Desmond, Pooley Bridge breathed her last and collapsed, dramatically into the angry and swollen waters of the River Eamont.

2016: Metamorphosis

The transformation of Elm House was not over. Even after doing the rooms there were still the communal areas that needed updating and so with this in mind at the end of 2014-start of 2015 we made the decision that we needed to reinvent ourselves. We had identified a gap in the market for a relaxed fine dining restaurant in the village and felt we could offer this, so in November 2015 we closed our doors as Elm House and after 6 1/2 months of blood, sweat, tears and a lot of dust and rubble we re-opened on 20 May 2016 as 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms.

2017: A Taste of Success

Joseph aced his GCSEs and 1863 Bistro earned its first AA rosette while the rooms achieved a spectral 4 star Gold Awards –  a very rewarding year for us personally and professionally.

So we just wanted to say a huge thank you to all customers and guests, old and new, and here’s to the next 10 years – whatever that may bring.

Mark & Anne Vause

1863 MARKS FIRST 18 MONTHS WITH AA ACCOLADES

A recent addition to the Ullswater Valley food scene is marking 18 months in business with two AA accolades. After opening its doors to guests in May 2016, 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms in Pooley Bridge is celebrating one and half years of business with not one, but two AA awards: four gold stars for accommodation and their first rosette for food.

 

From a Bistro perspective, this puts the ‘restaurant with rooms’ into the top 10% of restaurants in the country. The AA Rosette scheme has long been established and successfully recognises cooking at different levels nationwide. The success or failure in achieving Rosettes is based on a single (sometimes multiple) visit to a hotel or restaurant. Essentially it’s a snapshot, whereby the entire meal is assessed.

 

For over 150 years, 1863 has quite literally been a cornerstone of the village. The property is set in the heart of Pooley Bridge, a short walk from the shores of Ullswater. It was built first as the village blacksmith’s and later became the post office. Now reimagined for the 21st century, 1863 features a bar, bistro and seven elegant bedrooms. A family business, they say they enjoy getting the little things just right, welcoming guests back time and again to share in a slice of Lakeland paradise.

 

In 18 months since opening, the young team headed up by owners Anne and Mark Vause have welcomed ’over 15,000 locals and visitors from as far away as Hong Kong and New Zealand have enjoyed dinner in the Bistro while over 6000 have used 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms as a base for a short break to discover the beautiful Ullswater and Eden Valleys and of course the wider Lake District.

 

In the kitchen, Head Chef, Phil Corrie leads a small, young but talented and ambitious team comprising four chefs with a combined mean age of 20.5 years! Between them they’ve worked with 23 local, regional and national suppliers to create 115 different dishes plus 46 flavours of ice cream and sorbet.  That equates to over seven menus in 1863’s first 18 months, or put another way, one new dish served every three days! To add to that, Chef de Partie, Niall Frith was named ‘UK’s best Young Seafood Chef’ of the year recently in the coveted UK Seafood competition.

 

Head Chef Phil commented:

“I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved in our first 18 months of business. Recognition in the form of AA awards is wonderful and I’m so pleased that we’re really starting to make a mark professionally. But you know, nothing beats seeing new guests and regulars discovering something a little bit different when they eat with us. It’s such a pleasure to work with the 1863 team and just bring a bit of culinary enjoyment  into people’s hectic lives.”

 

When asked what the next 18 months holds, Phil’s not resting on his laurels. The young chef and graduate of Kendal College is focussed on building and expanding 1863 Bistro’s reputation both with customers and critics while pushing and developing his young team on the technical front.

 

Previously known as Elm House Bed and Breakfast, 1863’s owners, Mark and Anne Vause, moved to the area from Blackburn in 2008 and spent eight years running the award-winning B&B. In November 2015, the entrepreneurial couple had already made the ambitious decision to close to undertake a £300,000 refurbishment project and relaunch in early Summer 2016 as 1863 Bar Bistro Rooms. Despite the dreadful storms of Winter 2015/16 and ensuing challenges, the establishment opened on time and on budget in late May.

 

Mark commented:

“I still have to pinch myself daily when I think what we’ve managed over our first year and a half in business. We’ve evolved from a humble B&B to a ‘Restaurant with rooms’, expanded our team five-fold and achieved the AA gold standard for our rooms plus our first rosette for food. We count ourselves extremely lucky to work with such a dedicated team both front of house and in the kitchen and of course to have such loyal guests who dine and stay with us.

I wait with baited breath to see what the next 18 months bring….”

 

With a Christmas menu featuring festive-inspired flavours and turkey (but not as you might expect it!), the bistro opens at 6pm daily. Booking is strongly advised for bookings in December. To book, call 017684 86334. Gift vouchers to any denomination are available by calling direct on 017684 86334.  For further information and the Christmas menu, visit www.1863ullswater.co.uk.