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Rattle Gill Cafe

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2 Bridge Street, Ambleside LA22 9DU, England
+44 7975 912990
10:00 - 16:30
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:30
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm not even a cake fan, I know that may sound strange to most people! However I can always be tempted by the Rattle Gill Cafe. The cakes are truly homemade and they are wonderful. My only complaint about this place is it's not big enough so you can't always get a seat. We visit the Rattle Gill every time... More 

Thank 271angela
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I came here for a cup of tea with our young daughter. It's a small little cafe but we did ok with our pushchair. It has a lovely atmosphere inside and outside overlooking a stream, beautiful spot to be sitting outside. We initially wanted to order the cream tea but the scones were not vegan so settled... More 

1 Thank Harmeash K
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As long as you can get in... it's busy ! Very friendly staff (owners ?) and lovely food / coffee. We Quiche and cake. Would go again nxt time I'm in Ambleside.

1 Thank dave p
Uppermill, United Kingdom
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124 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After having ridden three times around the Ambleside one way system looking for a lunch stop where i could sit outside, I spotted the sign for Rattle Gill, followed it through an alleyway and came upon a lovely little cafe away from the road and set above a river. A perfect spot. What a cracking find it turned out to... More 

1 Thank calico_demon
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found this gem by accident and so happy we did. Excellent food. Small, homely restaurant with wonderful staff. Couldn't fault it in anyway. Dog friendly.

1 Thank DandPH
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very small place, but not cramped at all - you might have a problem getting a seat inside. Tea and coffee are prepared with care and good quality. Food is lovely. There isn't a huge menu but plenty to satisfy everyone and all fresh and well made - very tasty, including local ingredients and supporting local businesses. Also a nice... More 

1 Thank gothgrr
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted somewhere quiet and out of the way for a spot of lunch. This was ideal tucked out of the way. Ourselves and the dog were welcomed in no problem. Waitress was very friendly and helpful and allowed us to sample the soup before we ordered (It was homemade and gorgeous!). The place is quite small but very homely... More 

1 Thank Sammie B
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped for lunch in Ambleside and spotted a sign for this place. It is tiny but we were lucky and bagged a table near the door. We were met with a friendly greeting that set the tone for our meal. Both our meals were delicious. Wholesome, hearty and very fresh. The atmosphere was convivial at all times with the... More 

1 Thank SPC73
Warwick, England, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fab cakes, scones and bread pudding ! All main courses being served looked really wholesome too. Well worth a stop

1 Thank Jufeen
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51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited and had coffee and vegan cake. Lots of options for vegans. Lots of handmade cards and bags on sale in the cafe.

1 Thank chez09

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, British, Healthy, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
10:00 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Bridge Street, Ambleside LA22 9DU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 7975 912990
We open our doors at 10am and serve homemade food. We stop serving savoury hot food at 4pm to allow us time to prep for the following day. We do still serve teas, coffees and cakes until 4.30pm. Please do come and visit and fill your hungry tummies!

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?