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A la Carte

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 Bistro: Sample Menu 2018


  • Mushroom Broth Stonehouse Guanciale, Pickled Shimeji, Cracker £7.50 Pinot Nero La Tunella, Italy 125ml £6.10
  • Roe Deer Tartar Wild Garlic Capers, Kohlrabi, Nasturtium £9.00 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey, France 125ml £8.40
  • Beetroot Ragstone, Lindseed (V) £8.50 Topuko, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand 125ml £5.80
  • Ravenglass Crab Beignet, Yorkshire Caviar, Sweet Cicely £12.50 Domaine Louis Moreau, Chablis 1er Cru, France 125ml £9.00

Main Courses

  • Roe Deer Roasted Carrot, Charred Brassicas, Cherry Hoi Sin (GFA) £23.50 The Raptor Post GSM, South Africa 175ml £9.20
  • Herdwick Lamb Crispy Breast, Courgette, Potato Puree, Gremolata £23.00 Euphoria Algarve, Convento do Paraiso, Portugal 175ml £10.85
  • Chicken Whitby Lobster, Samphire, Lobster Sauce (GFA) £23.50 Macon-Chaintre Serreuxdieres Domaine, France 175ml £10.75
  • Wild Sea Bass Baby Gem, Cucumber, Crispy Potatoes £19.50 Raza Vinho Verde, Portugal 175ml £8.20
  • Courgette BBQ Courgette, Baby Gem, Yuzu (V) (GFA) £16.00 Pinot Grigio, Montevento, Italy 175ml £5.50


  • Michel Cluizel Chocolate Peanut, Banana (GFA) £8.50 Lustau, Pedro Ximénez, Spain 25ml £4.50
  • Strawberry Woodruff, Pistachio, Sorrel £8.50 Domaine St. Remy Cremant d’Alsace, France 125ml £7.00
  • Summer Berries Blueberry, Redcurrant, Spruce (GFA) £8.00 Domaine St. Remy Cremant d’Alsace, France 125ml £7.00
  • Our Sticky Toffee Medjool Dates, Toffee, Vanilla £8.50 Lustau, Pedro Ximénez, Spain 25ml £4.50
  • Ice-Cream Vanilla, Woodruff, Sticky Toffee £1.50 per scoop
  • Sorbet Strawberry, Blood Orange, Sheeps’ Yoghurt £1.50 per scoop


  • A selection of Cheeses Artisan Biscuits, Chutney (GFA) 5 Cheeses / 8 Cheeses £12 / £15.50 Corney & Barrow 20yr Tawny Port 50ml £5.95

Opening hours:

1863 Bistro is open 7 days.

2pm: The Bar opens
2pm – 4pm: Join us for a ‘Bite to Eat
6pm: The Bistro 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 bistro.
  • Please note the maximum group size we are able to accommodate is 8.
  • For groups of 8 please note that we require a pre-ordered menu (so that we can guarantee your choice) and a £10 deposit per person which is refundable up until 72 hours before your visit.
  • Have a look at our wine list here.
  • Read our Accessibility Guide here.

Tasting Menu

New for 2018: inspired by our regularly changing A la Carte menu, why not try our Tasting Menu available every evening for a maximum of just six people? Book early for this very special treat…

1863 Bistro: Sample Tasting Menu 2018


6 Courses for £60 per person

  • BBQ Courgette Baby Gem, Yuzu
  • Roe Deer Tartar Wild Garlic Capers, Apple, Nasturtium
  • Sea Bass Cucumber, Champagne Foam
  • Herdwick Lamb Asparagus, Jersey Royals
  • Gooseberry Sheep’s Yoghurt, Granola
  • Strawberry Elderflower, Pistachio, Sorrel

From our Cellar...

  • Wine Pairing Try a Classic or our Signature wine flight 425ml Total Measure £25 / £40

To finish...

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

Opening hours:

1863 Bistro is open 7 days.

2pm: The Bar opens
6pm: The Bistro 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 6 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 wine list here.
  • Read our Accessibility Guide here.


Tasting Evenings 2018

Join us for regular tasting evenings throughout 2018. 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.

Tasting Evenings 2018

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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

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 daily cake is always a treat to behold. Pop in, take a pew and enjoy a daytime taste of 1863…

1863 Bistro: Bite to Eat Menu 2018

A little taste

  • Slice of Cake £3
  • Home Roasted Nuts Madras Cashews or Salted Roasted Peanuts £2
  • 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

Gift Vouchers

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.

Christmas 2018

Christmas at 1863 promises to be a really lovely affair. This year, Anne and Mark are looking forward to welcoming new and familiar faces from Fri 1 December until Sat 30 December every evening for Phil’s Festive Menu.

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…

Christmas Opening hours: 

1863 Bistro is open 7 days excluding Mon 24, Tue 25 and Wed 26 December.

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

New Year’s Day: we are serving food from 6pm – 8.30pm

Need to know:

  • Our festive menu is served from Sat 1 December – Sun 30 December.
  • Please note we are closed for dinner Mon 24, Tue 25 and Wed 26 December.
  • Please call 017684 86334 to make the initial booking, at which time we will take a non-refundable deposit of £10 per person to secure it for groups of 8 or more
  • For groups of 8 or more, please return completed pre-orders 7 days prior to your booking date along with any special dietary requirements. Download a pre-order form here.

To book a table, please call 017684 86334.

Sample Festive Menu at 1863 Bistro
Actual menu will be available in November 2018


  • Celeriac Soup White Truffle, Parmesan V (GFA) £5.50
  • Beenleigh Blue Broken Tart, Fig, Pickled Walnuts V
  • Turkey Leg Pressing Pickled Winter Vegetables, Crisp Bread £9.00
  • King Scallop Curried Cauliflower, Apple £9.50

Main Courses

  • Venison Loin Black Pudding, Beetroot, Chestnut £24.50
  • Pork Fillet Burnt Apple, Sprouts, Cumberland Jus £17.50
  • Chicken Supreme Bread Sauce, Creamed Potato, Clove Jus £16.50
  • Halibut Winter Leeks, Chicken Oysters, Bisque VA £19.00
  • Carrot Smoked, Salt Baked, Spring Roll, Prune, Crisp V £13.50


  • Parfait Douglas Fir, Cranberry, Sponge £8.00
  • Plum Pudding Brandy Sauce, Sour Cranberry £8.00
  • Clementine Tart, Meringue, Jersey Milk £8.00
  • Chocolate Huila Delice, Peanut Butter, Banana £8.50
  • Cheese Plate Fran’s Specially Selected Cheese’s, 1863 Chutney, Artisan Biscuits (GFA) £9.50
  • Ice-Cream & Sorbet Vanilla, Banana, Brandy & Clotted Cream (GFA) Jersey Milk Sorbet, Cranberry Sorbet, Gin & Cucumber Sorbet (GFA) £1.50 per scoop