Top Choice Bistro in Ambleside

Old Stamp House

In the cellar of the building where Wordsworth worked as distributor of stamps, this fine-dining bistro champions Cumbrian produce, much of it raised, caught, shot or cured within a few miles' radius. You'll find in…
Top Choice Bistro in Ambleside

Lake Road Kitchen

This much-lauded new bistro has brought some dazzle to Ambleside's dining scene. Its Noma-trained head chef, James Cross, explores the 'food of the north', and his multicourse tasting menus are chock-full of locally…
Top Choice Pies in Ambleside

Great North Pie

Based in Wilmslow, this much-garlanded pie maker has opened an Ambleside outlet, and it's rightly become a town favourite. Go for a classic such as Swaledale beef mince or Lancashire cheese and onion, or opt for som…
Vegetarian in Ambleside


Fear not, veggies: even in the land of the Cumberland sausage and the tattie hotpot (lamb, vegetable and potato stew), you won't go hungry thanks to Fellini's sophisticated 'vegeterranean' food. The dishes are creat…
Cafe in Ambleside

Lucy's on a Plate

Known as much for the quirkiness of its dish names as for the quality of its food, this long-standing boho bistro remains a popular choice. The decor's eclectic – mix-and-match furniture, knick-knacks – and the dish…
Cafe in Ambleside

Apple Pie

For a quick lunch stop, you won't go far wrong at this friendly little caff, which serves stuffed sandwiches, hot pies, baked spuds and yummy cakes (the apple pie is a local legend). Everything is available either e…
Italian in Ambleside


A beloved local landmark, Zeff's is often packed out for its quality pizza and pasta. The £21.75 Double Feature deal includes two courses and a ticket to the cinema next door.
Deli in Ambleside

Stockghyll Fine Food

For premium Cumbrian cheeses, chutneys, cold cuts, beers and breadsticks, this fine food emporium is impossible to top in Ambleside – and it also does a nice line in pork pies, sausage rolls and takeaway sandwiches.
Bistro in Ambleside

Sheila's Cottage

Cottage dining, traditional and hearty, but fine if that's what you're in the mood for. Expect classics such as rarebit and quiche for lunch, and chicken Kiev, Cumberland sausage and mash as well as steak-and-kidney…
Italian in Ambleside


Reliable Italian food, with wood-fired pizzas and authentic pastas partnered by unusual regional fare such as melanzane alla Parmigiana (baked aubergine) and pollo saltimbocca (chicken and sage wrapped in prosciutto…