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 s…
Top Choice Bistro in Ambleside

Old Stamp House

An Ambleside treat: classy food with impeccable Cumbrian provenance. The dishes feel simultaneously familiar and fresh – Herdwick hogget (lamb) freshened with peas, beans and barley stew or roast duck with salsify, …
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). It also has some great value roo…
Italian in Ambleside


A beloved local landmark, Zeff's is often packed out for its quality pizza and pasta. The £20.75 Double Feature deal includes two courses and a ticket to the cinema next door.
Tapas in Ambleside

Lucy 4

Head here for the Lucy's take on tapas, with share dishes like chargrilled chicken, feta polpettes and Tuscan veg. The wine selection is good too.
Cafe in Ambleside

Lucy's on a Plate

This long-standing boho bistro has been an Ambleside feature for years – and it's still popular. The decor's eclectic – mix-and-match furniture, knick-knacks – and the dishes are similarly quirky (for Rumpy Pumpy, W…
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…
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…
Thai in Ambleside

Doi Intanon

Tasty Thai cuisine with fiery green, red and yellow curries served in the surrounds of Ambleside's old market hall. Also does takeaways.
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 like rarebit and quiche for lunch, chicken kiev, Cumberland sausage and mash as well as steak and kidney puddin…