Ellerthwaite Square Windermere LA23 1BU

Australia is full of gregarious Aussies, and now Windermere has one of its own, in the shape of Michael Gould, a man who knows his fish. His mission – "to bring a little bit of Melbourne to the Lakes" – means a daily changing menu of fresh fish, straight off the Fleetwood boats, cooked with fresh Mediterranean or Asian flavours. These can be gutsy when the fish warrants it (like grilled mackerel with chilli and cherry tomatoes), or suitably delicate (say a transluscent sea trout on a bed of peas and shards of bacon). When the day's catch (hake to monfish, lemon sole to king scallops) is gone it's gone, though menu mainstays are starters of mussels, grilled prawns or whitebait with a smoked paprika mayo. There's not another restaurant in the Lakes like it, since there's fish and only fish – and nothing comes with chips. Wine too is well judged, with some good choices by the glass from an interesting array of mostly New World producers. It's only a small restaurant, with eight or nine tables, so reservations are advised.

Best Places to stay near Hooked

What Customers say about Cool Places

Everything I needed for a stay

I'm already looking forward to going again and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area. It definitely deserves a five star rating!

Nathan, Verified Customer

6 out of 5!!!!

This place was amazing… I could not recommend this place enough, I’ll be singing their praise for many years to come and we are going to book again soon.

Barbara, Verified Customer

Easy to navigate

Great site that offers a really broad range of places to stay across the UK. Easy to navigate and book holidays.

Patrick, Verified Customer

Such a great variety of properties

Found this website when looking to book a staycation for later in the year. Such a great variety of properties and the website is really easy to use. Already shared with my family and friends.

CT, Verified Customer

Great, simple, straightforward

Great, simple and straightforward. I will definitely be using Cool Places again.

SM, Verified Customer