Lodore Falls hotel in Cumbria is launching a pan-Asian restaurant as part of a wider £10m investment into the property.
The four-AA-star, 73-bedroom hotel overlooking Derwentwater is owned by the Lake District Hotels group. It is launching the 70-cover Mizu restaurant in mid-May, under the direction of new head chef Kasun Jayasooriya.
Taking its name from the Japanese for ‘falling water', the restaurant overlooks the Lodore Falls waterfall and will have an open kitchen, bar area and riverside terrace. It will serve sushi and sashimi, tempura, curries and ramen, as well as grilled meat, chicken and fish dishes.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Jayasooriya has held sous chef roles at London restaurants including Sake No Hana and Nizuni Japanese restaurant, and was a head chef at Bincho Yakitori at Exmouth Market. His most recent role was Japanese executive chef at Honda Motor Europe in Swindon.
The restaurant interiors have been designed to create a relaxed ambience with cool colours, floor-to-ceiling windows and natural textures and materials. It joins the hotel's two-AA-rosette Lake View restaurant.
The hotel has also added four ‘Scandi-inspired' large bedroom suites with private riverside balconies above the new restaurant, as part of the second phase of refurbishment, following the ground floor transformation last year (pictured).
The refurbishment, which began January 2017, is intended to create a contemporary feel to the 146-year-old property.
A further 14 bedroom suites, also featuring the new Scandi interior design, and the Falls Spa will launch in mid-September 2018, taking the room count to 87.
Marketing director of Lake District Hotels, Daniella Hope, said: "The stunning natural beauty of the Lake District makes it a competitive market place but we at Lodore Falls Hotel are confident that we offer something uniquely exciting."
Owned by the Graves family, Lake District Hotels comprises seven properties including the Inn on the Lake in Ullswater and Inn on the Square in Keswick.