Hospitality Awards 2023

AA Restaurant of the Year England

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About the award

Each year the AA independently inspects hundreds of restaurants across the British Isles. Introduced in 2000, this award recognises restaurants that provide cuisine of a truly excellent standard, as well as demonstrating innovation and ambience and providing a high standard of hospitality.

The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Ambleside, Cumbria 

A real labour of passion for both chef Ryan Blackburn, and his brother Craig who runs the customer-facing side of the operation. Both had long careers in Cumbrian hospitality before opening here in 2014.

The Old Stamp House is a basement property, situated almost below street level, accessed via a small set of stairs. There have been big changes in the last year with an extension, new bar and additional seating.

The space is split into two rooms with a small bar and finishing kitchen. Walls are whitewashed or slate grey with black beams, dark brown tables and a slate floor. Expect an intimate atmosphere, with a small, efficient team, offering an individual and personal approach. Local Cumbrian produce is a key driver here, creating a genuine sense of place and celebration of a diverse landscape and larder.

Previous Winners

2023- The Old Stamp House Restaurant 

2022 - Socius

2019 – Fordwich Arms
2018 – Sorrel
2017 – The Freemasons at Wiswell
2016 – Lumière
2015 – House of Tides
2014 – The Sticky Walnut
2013 – The Artichoke
2012 – The Church Green British Grill
2011 – The Hand and Flowers
2010 – The Harrow at Little Bedwyn
2009 – Purnell’s
2008 – The Royal Oak Paley Street