Just yesterday, I went with my family to Notable in Bowness. We were hoping it would be good since it's fairly close to our home and we were not disappointed!
The ambience of the restaurant was very nice. A lot of wood and nice lighting. It gave a rustic feeling that was quite warm and welcoming. Speaking of warmth, the restaurant was rather hot! My mother loved it but my sister was a little uncomfortable. Oh well, can't please everyone. It was a little noisy but not excessively so.
Now to the important part, the food. We ordered four appetizers to start, the bread and tampenade, tuna tartare, mussels and frites and the clam bake. Of all those dishes, the mussels and frites were our favorite. The mussels were cooked with spicy sausage which gave them a tiny bite and the fries were delicious. My sister loved the bread and tampenade, but my second favorite would be the tuna tartare. The tuna was delicious and there was a vegetable ratatollie (sp?) that was a touch spicy. The contrast was lovely. The dish we liked the least would have to be the clam bake, but it was still good.
After that came the main course. Most of us ordered the Sunday special which was porchetta. My dad ordered the lamb shank and my sister got the burger. I'll start with the porchetta... it was delicious but extremely chewy! I ate everything but the others actually left the skin... it was just too hard to chew. It tasted so good we didn't mind but I think if I had to do it again I'd try the lamb shank. The vegetables and cheese/cauliflower pasta bake it came with were delicious. Dad loved his lamb shank, which was falling off the bone tender. My sister said her burger was the best she'd ever had. Her only 'complaint' was that it was so juicy she had trouble not getting it on her. But that's a good complaint to have!
At last, we came to dessert and coffee. The coffee was superb. My parents will stop going to restaurants if the coffee is bad, and they were quite happy with it here. One person got the french press coffee, which was also wonderful. For the desserts, two of us get the Stilton cheesecake, 2 got the Maui upside down cake and the last got the chocolate cake. I would highly recommend the cheesecake. The brulee'd top gave it a delicious crunch and the rhubarb compote was superb. The upside down cake was good, especially with the ice cream. My sister loved her chocolate cake and the chocolate sorbet that came with it. She might have liked it a bit hotter but it was dense and very chocolately.
The service for the night was quick and efficient and we had no complaints. So how much was the damage? 420 including tip and 2 bottles of wine for 5 people. Very reasonable! We would absolutely go back to Notable in the future.