Good morning from the beautiful Lake District! We awoke after our evening of pigging out in our room (check out my previous post here), to a knock at the door. I stumbled to the door half asleep to find two members of staff holding trays filled with breakfast treats, which I almost forgot we had ordered the day before to enjoy in bed.
Thankfully, despite eating what felt like the world the night before, the smell of bacon was too hard to resist and all of a sudden I was hungry again!
We started with a fried breakfast, followed by smoked salmon and scrambled egg.
Leaving the best until last, pancakes!
A breakfast wouldn’t be complete without pancakes, which arrived just how I like them, covered in crispy bacon with a pot of maple syrup on the side.
We had the rest of the morning and a few hours in the afternoon to spare before lunch (yep, more food!!), so we decided to get in the car and have a drive down to Lake Windermere to have a look around.
The drive itself was absolutely stunning. We drove right along the edge of the lake, past the most incredible lake houses with their own private boat docks. What an amazing place to live!
We got out of the car and had a walk along the lake, stopping in cafes along the way and feeding the ducks.
For a moment it almost felt surreal that we were still in the UK, and it made me realise how much I take our beautiful country for granted!
We slowly made our way back to the car and drove the short drive back to the hotel, where it was time for lunch. The hotel had booked us into their brand new Asian restaurant, Gilpin Spice.
It had only been open for 10 days, and already received raving reviews from both the press and the first lucky few to experience it.
We propped ourselves at the bar table, overlooking the kitchen, and ordered two cocktails. Lloyd had their own take on the Moscow Mule, and the waiter recommended a cocktail for me which was almost too pretty to drink!
The menu consists of a number of different dishes, designed to share. The food draws inspiration from Asian cuisines such as Indian, Malaysian, Thai, Filipino, Indonesian and Japanese.
Sitting at the kitchen table meant we could ask the chefs for their recommendations. They were all so friendly and chatty, and we ended up getting a bit carried away with our order!
First up was chicken tikka flatbread. This was one of my favourite dishes! Ooozing with cheese and packed with flavour.
Followed by prawn, chicken and lamb satay skewers.
Next up was the duck breast with coleslaw…
A chicken Tikka skewer with a mint dip…
Just when we thought we couldn’t eat anymore, the pork belly arrived which we had been patiently waiting for after watching it rotating and cooking in front of us. Somehow we found room and it was delicious!
It felt like the plates were never ending! In between eating we chatted to the chefs and waiters, who helped me to decide on my next cocktail. I have absolutely no idea what it was called, but it had a little spice to it, which worked well with the food!
Our final dish was the mussels, and they were possibly the best I’ve ever eaten! Just look at the size of them!
We left the restaurant feeling full and slightly tipsy, and stumbled back to our room around the corner. I wish I could pick this restaurant up and plonk it where I live in Essex, so I could go back there again and again!! It was just perfect. The food, staff, atmosphere, everything. Even the decor was spot on, and I found myself looking around the room saying to Lloyd “oooo, I’d love this for our house” and “I wonder where these plates are from”. Haha.
The good thing is you don’t have to be staying at the Gilpin to dine at the Gilpin Spice restaurant, so if you’re ever in the Lake District, you must book in for a meal to see what all the fuss is about!