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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


  • Red Pepper Soup Baby Fennel, Olive, Juniper (V) £6.50
  • Norfolk Quail Crispy Leg, Apricot, Pumpkin Seed £8.50 Cotes du Rhones Verquiere, France 125ml £4.80
Mushrooms Sour Dough Crumpet, Lovage (V) £8.00 Pinot Nero La Tunella, Italy 125ml £5.70
  • Smoked Haddock Bacon Chowder, Haddock Tartar £8.00 Chardonnay, Les Grenadiers, France 125ml £4.40

Main Courses

  • Roe Deer Roasted Carrot, Charred Brassicas, Cherry Hoi Sin (GFA) £24.50 Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey, France 175ml £10.75
  • Herdwick Lamb Asparagus, St George Mushroom, Jersey Royals (GFA) £23.50 Pinot Nero, La Tunella, France 175ml £7.20
  • Chicken Whitby Lobster, Samphire, Lobster Sauce (GFA) £23.50 Macon-Chaintre Serreuxdieres Domaine, France 175ml £10.20
  • Wild Sea Bass Baby Gem, Cucumber, Crispy Potatoes £20.50 Sancerre Domaine Daulny, France 175ml £8.30
  • Jerusalem Artichoke Artichoke Gratin, Hen Of The Woods, Truffled Artichoke (V) (GF) £14.50 Pinot Grigio, Montevento, Italy 175ml £4.80


  • Tiramisu Mascarpone, Chocolate, Coffee £7.50 Bon Courage, White Muscadel 50ml £4.00
  • Apricot Sheep’s Yoghurt, Maple Granola, Meringue £8.00 Bon Courage, White Muscadel 50ml £4.00
  • Strawberry Elderflower Cream, Pistachio (GFA) £8.00
  • Our Sticky Toffee Medjool Dates, Toffee, Vanilla £8.00 Bon Courage, White Muscadel 50ml £4.00
  • Ice-Cream Vanilla, Sticky Toffee Sauce, Latte £1.50 per Scoop
  • Sorbet Strawberry, Sheep’s Yoghurt, Rhubarb £1.50 per Scoop


  • Cheese Board Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, Ragstone, Colston Bassett, St. James, Chutney, Artisan Biscuits (GFA) £10.50 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 7.30pm 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

Tasting Menu

  • Tomato Water Lemon Oil
  • Roe Deer Tartar Wild Garlic Pods
  • Sea Bass Baby Gem, Cucumber
  • Herdwick Lamb Asparagus, Jersey Royals
  • Apricot Sheep’s Yoghurt, Granola
  • Strawberry Elderflower, Pistachio
  • 6 Courses £60

From our Cellar...

  • Wine Pairing Try a Classic or our Signature wine flight Classic (525ml) / Signature (525ml) £30 / £45

To finish...

  • A selection of Cheeses Artisan Biscuits, Chutney 5 Cheeses / 8 Cheeses £12 / £15.50
  • Hot Drinks & 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:

  • Please note our latest booking time for Tasting Menus is 8.00pm
  • 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
  • Please note the maximum group size we are able to accommodate for Tasting Menus is 6.
  • 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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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