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The Old School Room Tea Shop

Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
+44 15394 32143
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible1%
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“cake” (12 reviews)
“soup” (5 reviews)
“sandwiches” (2 reviews)
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Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

After a walk in the rain we were looking forward to a warm welcome and some nice tea and cake. The cakes were delicious but the welcome rather tepid! Arriving around 4pm it was obvious that the staff couldn't wait to clear up for the...More

Thank CinnamonWoman
RydalHall, Rydal Hall at The Old School Room Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide your review. Whilst it is true that the Tea Shop closes at 4pm, clearly it was totally unacceptable that you were treated the way you were when you visited and for this we apologise unreservedly. We would...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Me and my wife have visited here many times over the years and have never been disappointed. This was our first visit this year and having read some recent reviews, we didn't notice a change of management. As always the tea and coffee were great....More

Thank DaveGtA
RydalHall, Rydal Hall at The Old School Room Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We look forward to seeing you again at Rydal Hall.

Reviewed 11 September 2017

We've stopped here on a number of occasions, whilst walking in the area. There are tables outside by the waterfall or inside if it is raining. The soups are always nice, but now served with a bread roll instead of the lump of granary bread,...More

Thank Richard C
RydalHall, Rydal Hall at The Old School Room Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2017

Thank you for your kind words. The bread pudding is a new offer on the cake counter, but is already proving a real hit! We look forward to seeing you again. Bring your mother in law too, we can have a bake-off!

Reviewed 3 August 2017

Be aware the toilets have been moved and are now no longer behind the cafe but diagonally opposite the front door. A great cafe as just when you fancy a brew here it is - as ever fantastically expensive for a coffee but a range...More

Thank Steve T
RydalHall, Rydal Hall at The Old School Room Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Thank you for your review. All of our coffee is freshly-brewed rather than instant and prices start from £1.95 which is on a par with other places in the area and lower than chain coffee shops. Just to let you know that our campsite toilets...More

Reviewed 22 July 2017

a great place for a cup tea or coffee or rose lemonade and panniis and cakegreat view of the water fall and mill lbut slow service to get a cup of teaand it was not even busywe waited 20 mins for teawe wanted to vuist...More

Thank simonf4
RydalHall, Rydal Hall at The Old School Room Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience and would like to let you know that the Tea Shop is now under new management and there is a new system of serving customers, so that they are not standing waiting...More

Reviewed 17 July 2017

It's hard not to like this cafe as it's in a wonderful location and we have called in here over the years when walking from Ambleside. This time however an excellent pot of tea we were disappointed by burnt tea cakes and after returning one...More

Thank JohnT1954
RydalHall, Rydal Hall at The Old School Room Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Thank you for your review. We are very sorry to hear about your experience in our Tea Shop. This is not the way we would ever want to do business and we hope it can be seen from other reviews that this was an isolated...More

Reviewed 29 May 2017

We called in for a quick bite to eat, whilst wandering around the gardens.. Sat outside next to the rapids in the river. We only had a toasted teacake each, and a cuppa, but very enjoyable. Good friendly service. Nice selection of cakes and light...More

2  Thank alisdair t
RydalHall, Rydal Hall at The Old School Room Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Thank you for your review. As the Tea Shop is now under new management, some breakfast items may soon be making an appearance on our menu - watch this space! We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

We have visited this tea room many times whilst walking in the Rydal area. Last week whilst on holiday, we walked the coffin route from Grasmere to Ambleside and decided to stop for a scone and cup of tea. We were very disappointed with the...More

Thank Netty C
RydalHall, Rydal Hall at The Old School Room Tea Shop, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience and would like to let you know that the Tea Shop is now under new management and there is a new system of serving customers, so that they are not standing waiting...More

Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Came across this tea room whilst walking round Rydal, just what we needed. Had coffee, cake and sandwiches. All really nice . It's in a nice location with a log burning fire and toilets .

Thank Jusytops
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Freezing cold and wet day but no fire lit so tea room was really cold. Couldn't wait to finish and carry on walking. We informed the staff though before leaving. This dampened the visit and made our stop off slightly sour. Also soup seemed rather...More

Thank beckysmart80
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Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating
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Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 32143
Description
Absolutely amazing cakes, strong hot tea and is at the end/start of many hikes including the Fairfield horseshoe. They make lovely looking sandwiches but we only had cakes. Best ginger cake I've had.
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