Small vegetarian cafe by the river, with options such as soup with bread and cheese or hummus, salads, jacket potatoes, flapjacks and cakes (usually some vegan), and drinks including a selection of cordials. Nice atmosphere and retro posters on the walls. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International
2 Bridge Street (opposite the waterwheel)
Ambleside, England LA22 9DU

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  • Outdoor seating


First Review by Jody P
  • vegan

You won't do any rattling around in here.

Posted on 02 / 25 / 2015

A small, very crowded café. In particular, there is a VERY narrow passage leading to the dining area and several people were often struggling to get past at once. Single toilet with a very long queue. Rather cold on my first visit (in winter) and poorly lit. Ventilation seemed to be an issue on my second visit because the room was so steamy it was difficult to see out through the windows. The menu and specials board are artistic and well-designed. The savoury dishes (e.g. tagines, chilli) are fine, but to my disappointment none of the tasty-looking cakes is vegan; the first time I was sent away with a flapjack, the second time with nothing at all. There is art for sale on the walls but also a picture of a golliwog, which did not exactly make a good impression.

Pros: Good savoury dishes
Cons: Crowded, no vegan cakes, golliwogs (in this day and age?!)
  • vegan

cosy little cafe

Posted on 12 / 15 / 2014

The cosy little cafe is in a perfect location right by the waterwheel in Ambleside town centre.

They serve big portions of wholesome comfort food. Everything is veggie with many vegan options. The menu consists of down to earth veggie faves such as soups, sandwiches, salads & 3 bean chilli.

Definitely the best place for a veggie lunch in Ambleside.

The only downside would be that they have no wifi or card machine. It is also very small which does add to the charm, but I imagine it gets very full at busy times.

  • mostly-vegetarian

It's still there!

Posted on 01 / 29 / 2012

Didn't have time to eat anything here yesterday but just want to report that it is still there and menu looks great - they have a website.
Updated from previous review on Monday July 25, 2011
Courgette cake wonderful texture but needed more flavour. All the cakes look amazing and next time will try the taster platter of 5 cakes!! Like an old fashioned tea room and enjoyable for that.

Jody P
Jody P
  • vegetarian

Lovely Homemade Food in Cosy Little Veggie Cafe

Posted on 01 / 19 / 2010

I stumbled across this hidden gem of a cafe last year, and have since returned every time I visit Ambleside. Its such a lovely little cafe, run by the owners. They make all the food themselves, serving things like homemade cakes (some vegan and gluten free), soup, jackets with yummy veggie toppings and they do specials.
I would recommend a visit to the Rattle Gill when you next go to the Lakes, its tucked away so you might have to look out for the signs, or ask a local.

Pros: Homemade Food, Great Value, Friendly Owners
Cons: Too many yummy cakes to choose from!


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Last updated: 2012/08/24


Added: 2009/09/01


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