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The Potting Shed Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Cafe, British, Contemporary, Healthy
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Grasmere Garden Village | Church Stile, Grasmere, England
+44 15394 35255
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called in for coffee and cakes was very tasty but pricey and the smallest coffee cups ever felt quite short changes!!! Cafe was however a nice place to sit with plenty of tables on the patio for when the weather is decent

Thank therobertsonfamily
Preston, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived for a light lunch and ordered fish and chip and pea and ham soup with tea and coffee,the meals came quite quick and the fish was soaked in fat with frozen hip dry as a bone,the soup was going to be home made but hadn't seen any ham ,very disappointed and overrated for the cost over £20,another example... More 

Thank Piusbaines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely building and very friendly staff The menu was fairly basic but the food did come quickly It was a little on the expensive side for what we got However a massive plus was that its dog friendly (as is 99% of Grasmere) and we were able to spread out a bit to allow our dog to get comfortable... More 

Thank Lyndsay K
London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Potting shed is in fact a large conservatory-type structure on two levels attached to a garden centre. It lacks atmosphere. We came for tea after a 10km walk and were not greatly impressed. The tea was weak despite much stirring. Scone and jam was good. Ginger cake was somewhat dry. There are better places in the immediate area.

Thank Gravity99
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24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here for a very welcome lunch after a 5 mile walk around the nearby countryside. The sandwiches were of very high quality and each had a little unique twist (for example, lightly pickled cucumber with the smoked salmon). Good to get some real chips served as well, as opposed to oven ones. Good, quick, service.

Thank Paul B
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Popped in for a cuppa whilst visiting Grassmere to buy some of the famous gingerbread and all in all a very pleasant experience served in nice clean surrounding so although we didn't have any cakes they looked scrummy ,the adjoining shop is a very pleasant place to look round

Thank Bracken777
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We stopped here for lunch after a good walk. Lots of healthy options. The soup was excellent and the sandwiches were very good. I would recommend the chicken tikka pitta bread. There was a little queue to pay but the food was worth it.

Thank GeorginaL483
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Large cafe within the garden centre. Free parking for patrons which is great in Grasmere. Has two large outside patios as well as the indoor eating area. The outside areas are dog friendly with water bowls available for your pooch. Home made soups here are delicious. My top tip, if it the weather isn't brilliant but you still want to... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Stopped here after our walk from Ambleside. Got 2 teas, two cakes and a bottle of water for £12, which I thought was rather expensive! Cake was nice, but not exceptional. Service was average. Carrying a heavy full tray to the outside area where there didn't appear to be any open or automatic doors would have been interesting if it... More 

Thank Elsie350y
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

We are regulars here because the food is good, the staff friendly, good value, easy parking and wheelchair accessible (although a little bumpy on the upper level entrance). This year they've been doing a Sunday lunch roast which is a tasty plateful for about £11 and their fresh orange juice is great but they do sell out. Menu is not... More 

Thank David G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Contemporary, Healthy
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Grasmere Garden Village | Church Stile, Grasmere, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Grasmere
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 35255

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?