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Top Choice Historic Building in Ambleside

Rydal Mount

The poet William Wordsworth's most famous residence in the Lake District is undoubtedly Dove Cottage, but he actually spent a great deal more time at Rydal Mount, 1.5 miles northwest of Ambleside, off the A591. This…
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…
Museum in Ambleside

Armitt Museum

Despite some damage incurred during the 2015 floods, Ambleside's excellent little museum is now back up and running. It hosts some intriguing seasonal exhibitions alongside its core collection, populated with artefa…
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.