Our sister restaurant

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Our Kitchen

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The food served at Kysty has been lovingly crafted by our dedicated team of chefs. Led by head chef Dan Hopkins they have created a seasonal menu brim full of dishes inspired by the Cumbrian landscape that surrounds us.

Dishes that reflect the simple food ethos of our Chef Patron Ryan Blackburn, which is to utilise only the finest seasonal ingredients available from carefully selected small artisan producers, who grow and rear quality produce with real care and attention to detail.

We utilise Herdwick from the high fells, beef from the Solway Plain, wild game from the high Pennines, mushrooms, nuts and berries from the woods and forests that surround us, wild salmon and trout from the rivers that criss-cross the landscape and fresh fish and shellfish from the cool waters of Cumbria’s Irish Sea coast. All of which provides us with an abundant ever-changing larder to use in the dishes we create.

Dishes include garlic mushroom, with roasted hen of the woods, garlic emulsion and hazelnut, Garside’s lamb rump, with roasted broccoli, mint and anchovy emulsion and custard tart with poached rhubarb.

Kids aren’t left out either, as they will be able to enjoy their own delicious menu created using the same quality seasonal ingredients.   

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Old Stamp House

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Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Ambleside sits our sister restaurant The Old Stamp House.

Housed in an historic building, once the office to a famous cash strapped Lakes poet… William Wordsworth, who spent some 30 years as the Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland… hence our little nod in the restaurant name to the building’s previous function…

History out of the way we can move smartly on to 2014, when brothers Ryan and Craig Blackburn, took over the site and opened their flagship Church Street restaurant.

 

The pair chose to focus on rich food heritage of Cumbria and utilise the rich diversity of seasonal ingredients from the high fells, gently rolling river valleys, dappled woodland glades and dramatic Irish Sea coast to craft a unique terroir within the dishes the serve, which has deservedly won them many plaudits including a richly deserved Michelin star in 2019.

COVID-19 UPDATE AND OPENING HOURS

In order to meet stringent government guidelines regarding social distancing and to ensure both the safety of our customers and our team we will unfortunately be reducing the numbers of tables in the restaurant from 10 to 5.

 

This will inevitably lead to a reduction in the number of diners that we will be able to accommodate, this is in part due to the nature of the building in which we operate and also to meet both our own and government safety advice.

As you can imagine this will have a dramatic impact on the business, therefore, in order to ensure the continued sustainability of the restaurant and ensure that we are able to return our fantastic team from furlough we have had taken the decision to suspend our a la carte menus for the foreseeable future and offer alternative options in the form of three tasting menus, served over three services each day as follows:

 

Opening Hours

 

12.30pm - 1.30pm  Tues - Sat lunch tasting menu £45

6.30pm - 8.30pm    Tues - Sat dinner tasting menu £75

While many of our smaller suppliers remain closed, we are having to reformulate a number of the dishes within our menus and as a result they will be confirmed in due course.  

 

Whilst these changes are necessary, we greatly appreciate your patience and support as we seek to ensure the continued sustainability of the business for the immediate future. These changes will enable us to offer you the best food and hospitality we can as well as being able to continue to support both our team and our suppliers; many of whom are small independents and local farmers.  

 

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Old Stamp House

Whether you are enjoying your first visit or the sixth, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

 

 

Ryan & Craig.