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Old Stamp House

Ambleside LA22, UK


The Old Stamp House Restaurant is at the heart of the Lake District village of Ambleside, housed in the former office of William Wordsworth, who was the Westmorland Distributor of Stamps for a time. This intimate 36-cover restaurant tucked away in a quiet corner of Church Street, first tentatively opened its doors in 2014. The brothers behind it — head chef, Ryan Blackburn, and restaurant manager, Craig Blackburn — set out to offer a unique glimpse into Cumbria's unique food culture influenced by the landscape, and though many don't realize it, one also influenced by its rich seafaring heritage. These historical footnotes are central to Blackburn's food, by utilizing the traditional he innovates and creates the unconventional. Blackburn's food not only celebrates his surroundings, but also the artisan producers who craft and nurture his ingredients providing the diner with a curated journey around Cumbria.


LocationAmbleside LA22, UK
Price range***
Cuisine (country/region)British
SustainabilityRecycling (at least 50%)
Renewable energy (at least 50%)
Local community support
Menu (options)Gluten free
Lunch menu
Seasonal menu
Tasting menu
Vegetarian options
Food/Drinks pairing menu
Vegan options
Facilities/servicesBar area
Gift cards
AtmosphereContemporary Dining
Capacity0 - 50
Frequency of menu updatesDaily
Interior styleBritish Colonial
Arts & Crafts
Art collection
Source of produce (over 50%)Local produce
Recycling50-99% Recycling
SustainabilityLocal community support
Recycling systemsGlass
Food waste disposal (over 50%)Local composting
Mix of composting and landfill (<50% composted)
Gold 2023, Menu
Gold 2023, Sustainability
Silver 2023, Design
Bronze 2023, Facilities
Bronze 2023, Staff
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