ESCAPE LONDON – Lyzzick Hall – Luxury, class and big, big dining in the heart of the Lake District
Being a seasoned visitor to the Lake District, and having enjoyed all it has to offer from an early age, so I was excited to visit Lyzzick Hall. I was even more delighted to learn it was situated in one of the most picturesque parts of the Lakes near Keswick, at the bottom of the lower slopes of the third tallest mountain in England (Skiddaw), and in the heart of the northern lakes. I knew that with the fabulous location, coupled with the Cumbrian hospitality, and abundance of quality local produce in the area, I could be in for a definite treat of a weekend. Was it? Well you’ll have to read on to find out!
The drive up from London was undeniably long but the Hotel was very easy to find off the main road into the northern lakes and sign posted clearly. Despite the late arrival (it had well passed midnight by the time we arrived) we were cheerily met by the duty porter who showed us weary travellers through the hotel to our rooms and most importantly BEDS! Despite it being night we could see the impressive exterior, which kept all the rustic charm of its original Lakeland farmhouse standing but was polished and defiantly rang of its award winning luxury hotel status. The interior has been superbly modernised and well finished with stylish and modern decor and design mixed with classic pieces of upholstery and furnishings. An approach that works fabulously in its historic, farmhouse shell.
Despite it being night we could see the impressive exterior, which kept all the rustic charm of its original Lakeland farmhouse standing but was polished and defiantly rang of its award winning luxury hotel status.
The room we were given was stunning, cleaned to the highest standards, and furnished with the most enormous bed I’ve certainly ever had the fortune to
enjoy. The rest of the furniture was again of a classic design, and the en-suite had a full bathroom with modern fittings – all again, finished to the highest quality. As tired travellers we couldn’t have been happier and it wasn’t long before we were enjoying the decadent comfort of that enormous bed!
So to our first morning, we arose for breakfast at 8.30 to be taken in the main restaurant downstairs – this gave us an opportunity to check out the place further on our way through. As the building is old there are lots of winding corridors so you could get lost if you don’t pay attention, but everything is well signposted. On the way to breakfast we passed 2 good sized lounge rooms where one could enjoy drinks from the well stocked bar, looking over the outside terrace and more significantly a spectacular unhindered view of the mountains, or relax over a magazine, book or game all of which the Hotel is well stocked with.
So to breakfast, following the long journey the night before we were totally famished, so when we were presented with the breakfast menu that in short was extensive, we were more than happy. It’s easy to see why Lyzzick Hall is an Enjoy England Breakfast Award winner, there is no breakfast stone left unturned – from fruit, to continental to pastry to healthy to full English, its all there. I was pleased to see they also had a great selection of fresh (and I mean FRESH) juices – including tomato for my weekend away Virgin Mary kick-starts! It was also great to see local produce being used throughout the menu, with this in mind I had the healthy Cumbrian ham and tomato and my partner the full Cumbrian breakfast. They also didn’t complain when I asked for 2 hard boiled eggs which was off menu. The portion sizes were enormous, and the full breakfast in particular well cooked, well presented and most importantly tasty. Definitely the perfect set up to a day of mountain walking around this stunning area. Luckily, we were able to check out local walks and sights via the complementary WIFI that’s available everywhere in the hotel – and so off we went.
It’s easy to see why Lyzzick Hall is an Enjoy England Breakfast Award winner!
We returned to the hotel at about 18.00 when we rushed on our last legs straight to the bar to enjoy the early evening terrace view over the mountains with a well deserved glass of bubbles. Bliss! Following this we thought we’d soak our drained muscles in the swimming pool and even better, hot tub and sauna all of which are a definite advantage that this hotel enjoys over most in the area.
We changed for dinner, which rather nicely is quite formal, giving you a chance to dress up if ever you need one, and is taken in the main restaurant. There is an extensive wine list of Spanish, and interestingly, Portuguese wines on offer, plus the usual variety of other European and New World pickings. We found the wine list well chosen and thankfully well priced – a definite welcome change to London dining experiences! The dinner menu was also well varied and again celebratory of local produce. There was good coverage in terms of the selection on offer, and daily specials for each of the courses. We thought the best way to go to get the full experience was to try the tasting menu – which was seven courses and based around favourites such as, crispy duck in plum sauce, fish and chips and steak diane but all given that all important haute cuisine make over. Again the portions were enormous which for a tasting menu was probably too much – but if that’s the only criticism then we’re grasping at straws! The service was impeccable; friendly yet unobtrusive, and the presentation throughout thoughtful and precise. It was with full bellies and happy hearts we retired to that enormous bed again falling asleep to the buzz of the television and the noises of the countryside, which included an early morning fire alarm – but these things happen!
We found the wine list well chosen and thankfully well priced – a definite welcome change to London dining experiences!
Waking to a beautiful sunny morning over the mountains it was sadly time to check out and make our way back to London… via another mammoth Cumbrian feed. So in answer to my initial thought – yes, treated we were.
I can honestly not fault the whole experience – the staff were all so well versed in local knowledge, friendly and hospitable and the Hall itself ticks all the boxes for luxury, food, style and location. The only criticism of the portions being too large is laughable and testament to being used to overpriced London offerings more than anything! The team here clearly have put a mammoth amount of thought into what they are presenting here and they execute it with style, character and substance. The clientele is a little older but this adds to the classic feel and privacy you get with the place. Is this a five star rating? Despite the fire alarm when we should have been getting up anyway – I honestly can’t fault it for the perfect, private, luxury Lake District experience. If you need an excuse to get up there, now you’ve found one – Lyzzick Hall!
I can honestly not fault the whole experience – the staff were all so well versed in local knowledge, friendly and hospitable and the Hall itself ticks all the boxes for luxury, food, style and location.
Heart London Magazine 5 * Review
Lyzzick Hall Hotel, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4PY
Tel: 017687 72277
Emma, Heart London Magazine
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