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Rattle Gill Cafe

2 Bridge Street, Ambleside LA22 9DU, England
+44 7975 912990
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  • Very good8%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“quiche” (51 reviews)
“cakes” (221 reviews)
“tasting plate” (20 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Healthy, Soups, Gluten Free Options
2 Bridge Street, Ambleside LA22 9DU, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Small comfortable café, brilliant home-made food, fantastic staff, great value .... what more could you ask for! We've lived in the area for twenty years and this is, in our opinion, by far the best café in town

Thank Ian R
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have to keep going back. Alec and Claire the owners are two if the most friendly faces up North. Their passion for good, honest locally sourced food shines through on every salad they prepare and every carrot cake they ice. One of the finest...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a good curried vegetable soup and an impressively light cheese scone. They were happy to swap the roll with the soup for a generous side salad. Service was very friendly and clearly many customers were regulars.

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for lunch on a rainy day with the family as me and my sister are both vegans. The menu is entirely vegetarian with a handful of vegan options all reasonably priced - there are breakfast and lunch options along with plenty of freshly...More

Thank defendersarah
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very nice place for a light lunch. Friendly cafe, with plenty of veggie options on the menu, delicious cakes and good coffee. Quite small and can get busy, but service was always prompt. Worth noting that it is cash only

Thank NigeHarris
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a cool place. Anywhere that offers a tasting plate of cake wins my vote. We visited twice over the last weekend to pass the time while the weather improved. The first day we shared the tasting plate of cake. We got 5 lovely small...More

Thank charlie_pigeon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Family lunch, was a delight. Good prompt service. A great selection of Vegetarian options to suit most tastes for a light lunch. Only shame was we didn't have enough space for cakes which looked delicious!

Thank Ruby W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I are vegan and visited the Rattle Gill Cafe a few times during our two week stay in the Lake District. The food was absolutely delicious, very reasonably priced and served quickly even when it was busy. The staff were warm, polite...More

Thank Jenny W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had coffee and cake which was average. The flat white was boiling temperature and not enjoyable. My scone was ok but not as good as others in Ambleside. Worth noting it is cash only. The location is beautiful but cake and drink didn't live...More

Thank SamJoL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a special find, tucked away at the back of the main st. Scones with jam and cream absolute perfection. Friendly staff, just such a quirky original unpretentious cafe selling high quality food. Salads and cakes looked beautiful. Will be back.

Thank Bobbysox2015
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25 March 2017|
Response from Athena002 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I remember they had both vegetarian and vegan food on offer
10 September 2016|
Response from Jonny-Northerner | Reviewed this property |
Hi, You could try getting in touch with them via their website. Best Wishes, Jonathan
Suhan S
2 June 2015|
Response from ckestell | Property representative |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Cash Only
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
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 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!
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