The Old Stamp Restaurant in Ambleside, Cumbria, has beaten hot spots in France, Japan and Mexico to be named the world’s best fine dining restaurant as part of Tripadvisor’s 2021 Travellers’ Choice ‘Best of the Best’ Restaurants Awards.

Nestled in the historic town of Ambleside, at the very top of Lake Windermere, the intimate Michelin-starred eatery of just 28 tables is housed in the former office of poet William Wordsworth.

We need your consent to load this Instagram contentWe use Instagram to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

Brothers behind the venture, head chef Ryan Blackburn and restaurant manager Craig Blackburn, take inspiration from Cumbrian heritage, people and landscape. "Ryan's food not only celebrates his surroundings, it celebrates the farmers who rear the animals he uses, the fishermen who land his fish and seafood and the artisan producers who craft nurture his ingredients," the restaurant note on their website.

Think wild rabbit with carrot, coriander and piccalilli, or hand-dived scallop with cauliflower, potted shrimps and spiced mead velouté. The lunch tasting menu will set you back £45 and the dinner, £75, per person.

The Cumbrian venture has beaten Restaurant La Maison d’à Côté, in Montlivault, France, and well as Ise Sueyoshi, in Nishiazabu, Japan and Restaurante Benazuza, Cancun, Mexico, in the fine dining category of the TripAdvisor standings.

We need your consent to load this Instagram contentWe use Instagram to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

It also came above Michelin star stalwarts like Tom Kitchin’s The Kitchin, in Edinburgh, and Restaurant Sat Bains With Rooms, in Nottingham, in the UK’s best restaurant category.

If you fancy treating yourself to a food-filled holiday - once restrictions allow - Scarlett Green in London, has been named by the site as the best brunch spot in the world, and other notable UK entries include Cosmic Kitchen, in Plymouth, Devon for the best vegan food in the UK, and Rio Brazilian Steakhouse, in Newcastle – number one for ‘everyday eats’ in the UK.

Tripadvisor’s best fine dining restaurants worldwide:

  1. The Old Stamp House Restaurant, Ambleside, United Kingdom
  2. Restaurant La Maison d’à Côté, Montlivault, France
  3. Ise Sueyoshi, Nishiazabu, Japan
  4. Restaurante Benazuza, Cancun, Mexico
  5. Les Plaisirs Gourmands Schiltigheim France
  6. El Xato, La Nucia, Spain
  7. Martin Berasategui, Lasarte-Oria, Spain
  8. Oro Restaurante, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  9. Quintessenza, Trani, Italy
  10. Ristorante Villa Crespi, Orta San Giulio, Italy