Places to Eat

There are restaurants within 20m of our B&B and most are reached in under five-minutes. We are spoilt for choice with well over 80 restaurants, cafes and pubs in the village. Some take bookings, some don’t. Here is a few of our suggestions:


  • The Priest Hole
    Just at the end of our road! Eat in one of the oldest buildings in Ambleside. Serving locally sourced traditional Cumbrian/British food. When the weather’s good sit outside on their delightful terrace.
  • Sheila’s Cottage
    Cosy cottage style restaurant for lunch or dinner. A great specials menu. Children’s menu available.
  • Ishaas Indian Eatery
    Excellent Indian restaurant with a cosmopolitan feel. Only 2 minutes’ walk away!
  • Doi Intonin
    One of two Thai restaurants in Ambleside serving delicious Thai food. Very popular so it’s necessary to book in advance!
  • Dodds
    A popular restaurant, open all day for coffee, lunch and dinner using ‘local produce with an Italian twist’.
  • Zeffirellis
    Great pizzas and pasta dishes in a comfortable and atmospheric restaurant. There’s also a cinema with meal deals available.
  • Fellinis
    Our closest restaurant! For a fine dining vegetarian experience. Perfect for an elegant evening out.
  • Matthews Bistro
    A small family run bistro serving British, classic French, Mediterranean food. Something for everyone!
  • The Old Stamp House
    Cumbrian inspired Michelin star cuisine. The place to go for that special meal. Book well in advance!

Pubs & Inns

  • Golden Rule – popular with locals.
    Drinks and snacks only, no pub grub here!
  • Royal Oak – at the end of our road.
    Good pub food. Outside seating.
  • The Unicorn – cosy pub serving food.
    Weekly live music.
  • The Flying Fleece - serving upmarket pub food.
    Outside seating area for warm summer evenings.
  • White Lion – large seating area inside and out.
    Child friendly. Fixed price menus.
  • Ambleside Inn – good pub food in comfortable surroundings.


  • Freshers Café
    No. 1 on TripAvisor (2021)! Friendly family run café with great outside sitting space.
  • The Apple Pie
    Popular café serving great food. Indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Ghandi’s
    A little café serving high quality home cooked vegan and vegetarian food.
  • The Giggling Goose
    Fantastic riverside garden setting in the heart of Ambleside. Lovely lunches and great cakes!
  • Stiles
    Great place for a relaxing coffee, lunch or breakfast. Lovely ice-cream too!
  • Copper Kettle
    Our closest cafe - 2 minutes' walks away! Lovely and cosy with great food and coffee.