Wild and Co – Windermere

It was a very cold, wet and windy Saturday night and after wandering around Windermere, failing to find anywhere with a table free (apparently a Saturday, in a little village in the Lake District, in the depth of winter, leads to fully booked restaurants – more fool us for not booking ahead!), we stumbled across this little restaurant and lucky for us, they were able to squeeze us in. On reflection, we understand why they were the only place able to fit us in, but at the time, we were just relieved to be eating that night. (Turns out the table we got was due to a previous couple getting up and leaving after a considerable wait to be served).

Wild and Co is a rustic, simple country restaurant, with light wood tables and chairs and clean, crisp décor. They serve locally sourced food with an emphasis on game. The menu had quite a bit of variety but I think you would struggle if you were a vegetarian, as the options were limited in this regard. We shared a baked camembert starter with rosemary focaccia and chutney (not so local, I know). The starter was nice but nothing to rave about. You cant really go wrong with melted cheese and bread. To follow, I had a chicken, leek and bacon pie with spring greens and mash. The portion was definitely on the large side and I struggled to finish everything. The dish was very nice but again, nothing special. It was just good, hearty, comfort food. Which to be fair, was just what we needed on a night like that.

Wild & Co MenuMy boyfriend had steak and kidney pudding, which again, he enjoyed but it wasn’t really anything special. We ended up sharing a desert of sticky toffee pudding, which we regretted after, as our eyes really were bigger than our bellies!

Wild & CoOverall, the food was good, the atmosphere was a bit lacking though and we didn’t hang around after for any post dinner drinks, which was a shame, because sometimes it is nice to have an aperitif or coffee to end a meal on, but the dull atmosphere didn’t entice you to stay longer than necessary.

I feel like this review may be coming across more negative than intended and I cant really put my finger on why. Generally the food was really tasty and it was an enjoyable meal but it lacked that ‘wow’ factor that makes you want to return. In addition, the service left a lot to be desired. There were only two people on and neither seemed to really know what was going on. We were quite lucky in that we were served relatively quickly (when you compare with others in the restaurant). The couple next to us ordered within seconds of us but didn’t get their starter until we were well into our mains. In addition, another table nearby had their starters forgotten altogether and then in the muddle, ended up with both starters and mains being served at the same time.

Wild & Co WineDon’t get me wrong, we had a nice meal, the food was good, the wine was good but seeing the experience others had and the dull atmosphere in the restaurant, I can’t really see us returning in the future. However, if you find yourself in our position, with nowhere to eat on a cold winters night in Windermere, you could do worse!

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