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Old Blue Mill | Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, England
+44 15395 30448
09:30 - 17:30
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Kent, England
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416 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It seemed the catering here would well suit a family day out with a good selection reasonably priced. Also pleasant views across the river particularly on a day when it's comfortable to sit outside.

Thank Stephen S
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited the museum next door and called for a coffee and a snack, a brief look at the menu and decided to have a griddled chicken burger, on arrival at the table it looked amazing, the taste was also fantastic, even though the cafe was totally rammed with people the staff were brilliant, great food, great value and a... More 

Thank Terry S
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111 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For a cafe by a museum, this was an excellent place for coffee, cake and a breakfast bun. Service was good and the views of the river really nice (when it stopped raining!)

Thank Adam D
Windermere, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The inclusion of 'ambio' in the business name would imply, for many people, an ambience of some sort and this would be a misinterpretation. In the Ings Cafe Ambio and the one at Backbarrow I experienced a kind of surreal detachment between the staff and the 'punters.' Staff will operate within their professional role from behind the serving counter and... More 

Thank JefferyRichardson
Oxford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The menu offers a wide ranging selection and our sandwiches were excellent. The staff also took my diary-free needs in their stride. The cafe itself is airy, bright, well laid out and with the option of outdoor seating by the river. An excellent place for lunch after visiting the museum,

Thank Juliet S
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great location even on a wet day. Good coffee, friendly staff and value for money. Couldn't fault it. Highly recommend.

Thank Rowena S
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The building is new, light and clean. The food and drinks are reasonably priced and you can sit inside or out with the view of Lake Windermere. Everything from soups, sandwiches, salads and meals followed by cakes. Good value.

Thank Ken A
Kendal, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Handy to call in after museum visit, good food and good service. Nice and clean, with good choice of menu, good for families too. Good parking too which helps , will de finely call in again when passing

Thank Deborah D
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a great location to enjoy a great meal or just a coffee. Take a window seat and enjoy the view of the river flowing from lake Windermere. Take the motor museum next door or make the most of the walks around the area. The food is good with a varied menu the service is not quick and if... More 

Thank Anthony Barnsle... S
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97 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Whilst attached to the museum the cafe has its own style and atmosphere. A varied menu of good home cooked food served without much wait by friendly staff. An excellent lunch spot.

Thank adysheff

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Blue Mill | Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Backbarrow
  • Phone Number: +44 15395 30448

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