FEW restaurants offer the unconventional option of dining downstairs and watching the newest Hollywood release upstairs, yet this eatery pulls it off.

Fellinis is a modern 'Vegeterranean' restaurant nestled in the heart of Ambleside which caters for the most discerning palate with a distinct Mediterranean twist.

Fellinis is the sister restaurant of the more widely-known - and award-winning - Zeffirellis, which is located just a stone's throw away.

Yet, customers should not overlook the lesser-known restaurant which offers an equally satisfying dining experience.

Alike Zeffirellis, Fellinis gives diners the option of purchasing a two-course meal and a cinema ticket for just £25.75.

Above the Church Street restaurant, a state-of-the-art digital cinema shows the latest arthouse and niche film productions with live satellite links to world class events of Opera, Ballet and Theatre.

Eager to watch the latest sci-fi blockbuster, Dune, and sample some delectable veggie dishes beforehand, we opted for the meal and cinema bundle option.

As an uncompromising carnivore, I entered Fellinis with an open mind and tried to dissipate fears of kale soup or falafel burgers being the only options on the menu.  But I couldn't have been more wrong. From pumpkin, sage and Amaretti risotto to halloumi red pepper and courgette fritters, the menu promised delicious vegetarian food inspired by the warmth of the Mediterranean.  Bypassing starters to leave room for the tempting dessert options, I went for Moroccan-spiced filo parcels with creamy potato, spring onions, pomegranate and romesco sauce for my main course.

The filo parcels melted in your mouth, inundating your pallet with an array of sweet flavours which tasted very Moroccan.

The pomegranate flavours came through from the first bite, complementing the dish with a fruity tang.  However, the pièce de résistance of the meal was the romesco sauce. A tomato-based sauce, traditionally eaten with fish, it was the perfect side item for the filo parcels.

My date opted for the lentil and aubergine moussaka with tahini sauce served with roasted baby potato and tomato sauce, which looked equally as delectable.

For my dessert, I chose a meringue coated in rhubarb sauce, however, in hindsight, I wish I'd opted for the avocado chocolate mousse.

Rhubarb is one of my least favourite fruits so I ordered the dish, perhaps narrow-mindedly, hoping for very little sauce, only for it to arrive coated in it.

It was a bit too much rhubarb and not enough creamy meringue flavours for me to fully enjoy the second course, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

My disappointment was short-lived as I had eyed up my date's avocado chocolate mousse, served with pistachio praline, which was just incredible.

Admittedly, reading 'avocado chocolate mousse' on the menu, I questioned whether it could truly imitate the traditional chocolate mousse successfully and feared the vegetable flavour would come through.

However, I enjoyed it more than a conventional chocolate mousse. The creamy texture complemented the sweet, delectable flavours which weren't too overpowering or sickly.

If given a choice, I would choose the avocado mousse over a traditional chocolate mousse every time.

Two courses down, we travelled just ten steps upstairs and enjoyed a film, with a small tub of ice cream for our second dessert.  Food 4.5 Value 3.5 Atmosphere 4 Pros Loved the dining and film option Fantastic surroundings Cons Slightly expensive Small-ish portions