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Ritson's Restaurant

The Ritson's Restaurant, offers a Table d'hote menu drawn strongly on ingredients sourced from the very best local produce.

Our Head Chef , John James together with his team, offer flare to the local and International cuisine, a sample of the dishes such as, Rump of Lakeland Lamb with Truffled Tattie-Pot; Line-caught Brooke Char and Trout; Early Summer Garden Vegetables; and of course, not to forget, Game when in season.

The Ritsons restaurant offers crisp white table clothes, relaxing environment and tentative personal service.

Ritsons RestaurantThe restaurant is open daily from 6.30pm to 9:30pm and bookings are required. You can see our menu here.

Dietary requirements can also be catered for, prior knowledge is advantageous.

All our food is complemented wonderfully by our Fine Wines from around the World from a cool, crisp Chablis to a warm, spicy Chateauneuf Du Pape. Browse our wine list here.

For those guests on a dinner, bed and breakfast package that would like to dine in the Ritsons restaurant, there is an allowance of £25 per person, on food.

For those with younger children the chef has a special menu for you to try.

For those who might wonder to the name of the restaurant, it is named after Will Ritson who was a landlord of the Wastwater Hotel, in Wasdale, and who told grand fables. One example is about a wounded eagle he found near the inn. He kept it in his chicken coop and nursed it back to health. One night the coop was raided by a bitch hound. The eagle was unscathed, but five months later the dog gave birth to a litter of winged hounds.

The World's Biggest Liar competition is held annually in his memory in the area.

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