With a fascinating history as a centre of the spice trade, Cumbrian cuisine has a rich heritage, and local specialities have long included exotic spices with favourites such as Cumberland sausage, potted shrimps, Grasmere gingerbread, and of course, sticky toffee pudding.

At Gilpin Hotel there are two restaurants celebrating this tradition, HRiSHi, with one Michelin star and three AA Rosettes…

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In the Michelin starred HRiSHi, Hrishikesh Desai combines great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver unbelievable textures and flavours – modern British cuisine with a twist.

…and ‘Gilpin Spice’, our casual restaurant with two AA Rosettes.

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The laid-back Gilpin Spice has an open kitchen serving tapas-style pan-Asian dishes inspired by countries along the spice trail – spanning the Philippines, the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and China.

Executive Chef Hrishikesh Desai

Hrishikesh joined Gilpin in March 2015, moving to the Lake District with his wife and daughter. Winner of Alex Polizzi’s BBC2 Chefs on Trial, his background includes Institute Paul Bocuse, Les Maison de Bricourt, Le Chateau de Bagnol, French Laundry, and Lucknam Park. He is one of a few chefs to have won both the Roux Scholarship and the Craft Guild of Chef’s National Chef of the Year, unique in winning these in consecutive years. Click here to see Hrishikesh talk about his approach.


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Gilpin Hotel & Lake House,
Crook Road, Windermere,
The English Lake District, LA23 3NF

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