Top 10 restaurants in Ambleside, United Kingdom (UK)

October 7, 2017 Randal Brittian

Ambleside is a town in Cumbria, in North West England. Historically within the county of Westmorland, it is situated at the head of Windermere, England's largest water. The town is within the Lake District National Park.
Things to do in Ambleside

1. Zeffirellis

Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9AD, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$432 +44 15394 33845
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Zeffirellis

Reviewed By Eben - Lincs UK

We had a mid-week evening meal here whilst on holiday in Ambleside. Having been regular visitors 10+ years ago with our teenage children, we thought we’d try it again. Remembering Zepherellis as a pizza restaurant, that’s what we expected. It’s much much more, though those excellent pizzas are still there. We had a wonderful meal, beautifully served and in a smart, well staffed restaurant. We’re not vegetarian but love the food which is wide ranging and high quality. Staff are professional- it’s an altogether “slick joint”! Already looking forward to return visit next year.

2. Matthew's Bistro

Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 15394 31234
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Matthew's Bistro

Reviewed By friendsmithfamily - Surrey

Up in Ambleside for a few days and decided to eat here one night as it was very close to our B&B. Small friendly restaurant with excellent food and very friendly service. Suitable for all ages as the menu is varied. Between us we ate scampi and Thai curry - both dishes very good indeed. Would recommend.

3. Doi Intanon Thai Restaurant

Market Place, Ambleside LA22 9BU, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$63 - HK$188 +44 15394 32119
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Doi Intanon Thai Restaurant

Situated in the heart of the Lake District, the Doi Intanon is Ambleside's premier Thai Restaurant. Since 2000 we have strived to achieve the finest in Thai Cuisine both locally and further afield. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Reviewed By Martutd - Lancashire, United Kingdom

The food here is good, but not awesomely good. After travelling in Thailand on many occasions I suppose I expected a bit more authenticity; the menu was lacking some more common Thai dishes. The starters we had were a touch plain (fishcakes), but saying all that the main courses were good & the food couldn't be faulted. The plates could do to be warmed prior to food being served on them, on a cold March day the food soon went cold. Overall the place is worth a visit

4. The Old Stamp House Restaurant

Church Street | The Old Stamp House, Ambleside LA22 0BU, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$298 - HK$549 +44 15394 32775
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 995 reviews

The Old Stamp House Restaurant

Reviewed By BillyNottingham - Nottingham

Enjoyed visiting The Old Stamp House and had heard great reviews which were mirrored online. Had the 7 course tasting menu and wine flight as a treat which we enjoyed although didn't come into its own until we got to the fish course. This and those to follow particularly the desserts were outstanding. I'm assuming the gentleman who served our wine was Front of House, his service was of a high standard and he was very passionate about his wine pairing - lovely to see and hear such interest! Some areas which I personally feel need a few tweaks to get up there with the big guys in the area but overall still a good experience.

5. Dodds Restaurant

Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9AN, England Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, European, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 15394 32134
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Dodds Restaurant

Reviewed By thelight2 - Sunderland, United Kingdom

The food was excellent (Lasagna) but where we were sitting was absolutely freezing. Needed to put our coats on.

6. Rattle Ghyll Cafe

2 Bridge Street, Ambleside LA22 9DU, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, British, Healthy, Soups, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Lunch HK$8 +44 15394 31321
Excellent
89%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 655 reviews

Rattle Ghyll Cafe

We open our doors at 10am and serve homemade food. We stop serving savoury hot food at 3.30pm to allow us time to prep for the following day. We do still serve teas, coffees and cakes until 4.00pm. Please do come and visit and fill your hungry tummies!

Reviewed By Andy G - Blackpool, United Kingdom

We stopped for lunch at Rattle Ghyll after changing upon it whilst wandering round Ambleside on a grey day. What a superb find. A vegetarian cafe, it nevertheless had a number of options that appealed to omni me, and my vegetarian wife was in heaven. I had the chili which was wonderful, and she had the dipping platter with pannini, feta, hummus, olives and balsamic which she loved. Our only disappointment was that the mains were so filling we had to share a pudding, as the cakes on offer looked delicious. We settled on the blueberry sponge which was as good as it looked. Rattle Ghyll certainly deserves all the great reviews here, and worth trying even if you're not a vegetarian.

7. Daisys Cafe

Rydal Rd | Central Buildings, Ambleside LA22 9BS, England Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available Cafe, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$86 +44 7545 673819
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 707 reviews

Daisys Cafe

Reviewed By LindsayJayne104 - Bury, United Kingdom

Called in for a spot of lunch and we were not disappointed. Secured a table in the window, perfect to watch the world go by! Service was efficient and friendly and the food was really tasty, as well as being good value for money. I had the soup and Sandwich combo (tomato and chorizo soup - delicious) and my husband had a cooked breakfast. Would definitely recommend to anyone in Ambleside.

8. The Lily

12-14 Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0AD, England Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +44 15394 33175
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 353 reviews

The Lily

Reviewed By Caroline L - Ambleside, Lake District

A great place for a variety of occasions. The best pub grub in Ambleside and the best kept real ale too. Music for those that want tot dance the nights away and quiz nights, Comedy nights, Open Mic nights. Dogs allowed in too! What is there not to like!

9. The Picnic Box

1 Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0AD, England Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, British, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast +44 15394 32475
Excellent
82%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 107 reviews

The Picnic Box

Reviewed By Rosie B - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Told of this shop by the till lady in Boots Chemist; big thank you to her! It turned out to be so good we used them for all our walk picnics. Great value, wide choice and good value deals. Much less expensive than othe independants but same quality. Skip the chain shops and head for this little gem.

10. Stiles of Ambleside

Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$165 +44 15394 33585
Excellent
82%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 579 reviews

Stiles of Ambleside

Located on the busy main road leading into Ambleside town centre Stiles Coffee Bar is a stylish licensed cafe offering locally roasted coffees, high quality loose leaf teas and freshly prepared food. Our coffee is roasted in Keswick by Carvetti. This coupled with our wide selection of beers, wines and cider along with a varied menu offering varied breakfasts, lunch and sharing platters make Stiles the ideal place to rest after a busy day on the fells or by the lake. Finally, we have our very own afternoon tea on a wooden Lake District stile (pre-booking required!). See many more details in our food section. We are a family run cafe and will do everything we can to cater for any specific needs or requests you may have. All of our food is cooked to order and we endeavour to bake all of our cakes ourselves. We guarantee you will love our scones (with jam and Rodda's clotted cream!) and hearty home-made soup.

Reviewed By pearlfisher123 - Stockport

Family friendly and dog friendly café. We popped in for breakfast for the first time this year and were impressed with the friendly welcome, the food the cleanliness and the prices. Hubby had full English breakfast whilst I had the Americano (well it was cold and we had a long walk ahead :-). It arrived freshly made, piping hot and delicious. However what made us both smile was the bonio offered to our dog even before we had ordered. Would definitely wholeheartedly recommend a visit......and yes, we did go again before we left so I'm blaming Stiles for the extra weight I've managed to gain hahaaa.

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