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The Sun Tea Rooms

High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
+44 15394 36123
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“cakes” (184 reviews)
“chowder” (14 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Holy moly! Those cakes are very generously portioned and utterly delicious. We stopped in before lunch but would otherwise have tried some of the delicious sounding savoury dishes. The friendly ladies even pagacked my leftover cake for me to take away.

Thank Baker_Bowie
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everywhere you look in the Lakes, are tea rooms. Some are very good and some are mediocre. The Sun knocks seven bells out of all of them! It's tiny, with around 25 seats or so. It's utterly superb so expect it to be busy. We...More

Thank Richardhands
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tiny little place tucked away in Hawkshead- but there are a handful of outside tables on the street and in the alleyway- home made cakes and god coffee, worth seeking out!

Thank weekenderinthesun
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this little cafe, amazing food and great quality and portions. Always lovely friendly staff, only problem is they don't accept card payment so only cash !!

Thank Steph J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Could not speak highly enough of this little gem! Quality amazing food and excellent service! Even gave my children a free cake for eating all their lunch! Will be back!

Thank wonderwood2017
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We went into the Sun Cafe after seeing the sign reading "fresh seafood chowder". The place is literally tiny and were lucky enough to find a small table for two. Proceeded to have the aforementioned chowder and were not disappointed at all. It's served with...More

Thank Gatoskyla
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We visited here for brunch on our drive back from the lakes. The two ladies running the cafe were an absolute delight- so friendly and chatty. Service with a smile! 3 of us ordered the potato hash with egg and the other ordered the chowder....More

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

After stopping in Hawkshead for a bite to eat and being stuck between lunch and dinner serving times in the pubs we found ourselves in this quirky place. Burgers were fantastic and cake takeaway brilliant! Very tiny inside but only added to the cosy feel...More

Thank Fiona108
Reviewed 15 April 2017

This little cafe is perfectly situated in Hawkshead near the Beatrix Potter Gallery in the Lake District. They make HUGE, yummy cakes and serve hot, delicious tea which hits the spot after walking through Beatrix Potter country. The service is friendly and efficient even during...More

Thank Farah O
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

The vary large cakes in the window caught our eye but after our very tasty lunch we didn't have room to try any. Good value for money and very cosy, loved the decor. Thank you.

Thank Jacksonsinbrighton
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Grace J
Do you do afternoon tea? and if so can you tell me the price. Thanks
12 February 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$14
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Cash Only, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside  >  Hawkshead
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 36123
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Small but quirky cafe home of the giant cakes but also serving full meals from soups to our own cured and smoked meats