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Cafe Treff

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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4 Central Buildings, Ambleside LA22 9BS, England
+44 15394 31027
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North Wales
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177 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went here recently, one chilly morning, after finding Lucy's closed. We thought it looked quite welcoming, so went inside and chose a table by the window. My husband ordered drinks and tea cakes at the counter. The person, whom I assume to be the manager didn't bother acknowledging him, as he was busy fauning over another couple, who were... More 

Thank SarkLover
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172 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Called in after the long walk over from Troutbeck.Very impressed by the large choice of homemade cakes and treats. Nice service and tasty crumpets made for a good choice of venue.

Thank lgd23
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place with tremendous homemade cakes. One of our party declared the lemon sponge as being "the best he had ever had"! The owner (and cake maker!) was very friendly and welcoming. The caramel shortbread was also to die for!

Thank nicola_douglas2
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76 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visit Ambleside quite a lot and Treff is our Go to" cafe for a coffee these days. They do very good coffee and their cakes, soup etc are nice - home made style. The service is also very friendly.

Thank RohanFan
Retford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in to Treff as we usually do when in Ambleside and warmed ourselves up with their hot chocolate (Liquid heaven 😁) and apple and blackcurrant flapjack which is delicious!!! All meals are fresh, local produce. Lovely people too, highly recommended.

Thank Terry P
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me & my hubby called in here for a spot of lunch today... on a freezing cold -2 degrees day... soup and sandwich ... the soup was divine as was the toasted sandwich... we even managed some gorgeous cake!! A MUST!!! lovely friendly staff nice clean premises and clean toilet... simply cannot fault the place Try it !!!!

Thank Hugoboss3
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cafe is usually quiet but it is very good. The coffee is specially blended and roasted weekly the cakes are delicious and interesting. Even the chocolates on the saucer are very good, not to sweet and milky but not very dark.

Thank walkerhb
Ulverston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a wet and chilly walk 8 of us popped into Treff for refreshments last weekend. We received a warm welcome. All of us agreed that the choice of teas, coffees and sweet treats were excellent and delicious. I requested tea, no milk and extra hot water and this is exactly what Helen brought to the table. I often find... More 

Thank Philippa H
North Yorkshire
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236 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Called for coffee and bun. The place was ok but I thought it leaned toward the expensive side for no particular advantage. I preferred the Apple Pie for a similar price, or Daisy's just up the road for a more price effective coffee and bun.

Thank RegularTraveller60
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed overnight in Ambleside and visited the cafe both days for lunch and tea stops! Staff were working their socks off as it was rainy-so folk were seeking warmth and a good coffee. My partner has special dietary requirements and the staff were happy to go 'off piste' with the menu so that she could eat something tasty. This... More 

Thank Angela W

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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
Average prices
US$8 - US$11
Cafe, British, Soups, Healthy
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Central Buildings, Ambleside LA22 9BS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 31027
We fell in love with café culture whilst visiting Switzerland and were inspired by the Swiss obsession for quality produce and service. We serve the highest quality coffee and tea alongside our favourite cakes and light lunches.

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