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Rattle Gill Cafe

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2 Bridge Street, Ambleside LA22 9DU, England
+44 7975 912990
Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:30
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Ambleside, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love this hideaway cafe. Tucked away opposite the waterwheel in Ambleside the food is both delicious and nutritious. Excellent value lunches, teas, coffee and cakes. Only five inside tables (a few more outside depending on the weather), it is very friendly and cosy. Open daytime Wednesday to Sunday. If you're in Ambleside and you like good, honest vegetarian lunches,... More 

Thank Purplemoore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for lunch on our walk. Nice selection, especially for vegetarians which aren't very well catered for in the lakes. We had the soup which came with 2 big huncks of brown bread, cheese and butter. It was delicious.

Thank msslink8
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216 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Loved the vegetarian chilli & the buzz in this cosy vegetarian cafe near the waterwheel in Ambleside. Simple, no frills tables packed tightly & chairs mostly filled even in December. Tasty vegetarian fare plus generous cake portions that ensure you don't leave hungry. As flexitarians we both loved the food though imagine non-vegetarians would enjoy it equally.

Thank Limeturquoise
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

I'd read the rave reviews so popped along yesterday for lunch with my Mother. I was surprised on arrival to find that the menu was totally vegetarian, as I'd not gleaned that from reviews or from the exterior of the café (my Mother would have run a mile had she known before we entered, as she's not very good with... More 

Thank Cooks1824
Robertson Nsw
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Wandered into the cafe and ordered the hummous plate, coffee and a slice of the apple pie with clotted cream. Excellent food and ambience.

Thank Vicki I
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Small but cosy setting, not ideal for larger groups. Had the vege chili, was really good and then the cake platter was amazing! Good coffee too, a highlight in Ambleside

Thank PhillyClose
St Bees
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Super food, lovely staff, and a great atmosphere. Our favourite café in Ambleside which we'd like to keep secret, but it's too good not to share!

Thank KarenStBees
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We keep coming year on year and the main reason is there awesome veg chilli. Don't get me wrong everything else they have on does look really good but you just have to have the chilli (followed by cake of course). A great healthy(ish depending on cake consumption) meal for either an early dinner like us or lunch.

Thank Phil A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Stopped here for lunch and a cup of tea. We had toasted sandwiches, which were made with thick fresh bread and varied and interesting selection of fillings served with a lovely selection of homemade salads. The tasting board of cakes looked amazing, unfortunately we did not try, but will next time.

Thank MattRach456
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stumbled upon this cafe during a trip to Ambleside back in the summer. The cafe is in a beautiful location which very much adds to the lovely, relaxing atmosphere. The fresh salads and cakes were absolutely delicious. We will definitely return during our next trip to the Lake District!

Thank Salop02

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Healthy, Soups
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Bridge Street, Ambleside LA22 9DU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 7975 912990
We open our doors at 10am and serve homemade food. We stop serving savoury hot food at 4pm to allow us time to prep for the following day. We do still serve teas, coffees and cakes until 4.30pm. Please do come and visit and fill your hungry tummies!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?