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Rattle Gill Cafe

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2 Bridge Street, Ambleside LA22 9DU, England
+44 7975 912990
Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:30
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Billericay, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2015

Beautiful situated in Ambleside this small cafe does wonderful food. We happened across it by chance and will without doubt be returning on future Lake District visists. Four of us had a very nice lunch from a very interesting menu. The leek and potato soup was excellent and thoughtfully came with a large chunk of good bread, butter and a... More 

1 Thank Mike L
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015

We had the assiete which was a platter of 5 cakes. This was a lovely selection of mainly some of the more healthier cakes. We loved it...

1 Thank Paula B
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015 via mobile

We had lunch here today and it was lovely. We sat outside by the waterwheel and enjoyed the fantastic vegetarian chilli. Our largish dog was a bit too big to fit into the cafe but no matter as the sun was shining. Excellent service, very friendly owner/staff. Highly recommend.

Thank Rebecca M
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

Every time we are in the Lakes we make sure we visit this cafe. Being vegetarians it is perfect for us and our little dogs are allowed in too...bonus! The owners always make you feel welcome and they work really hard to produce beautiful homemade food. It is small inside and you often can't get a table, but it is... More 

Thank 9frankie
Beccles, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

Lovely setting by the river. Friendly, chatty owner and the best lemon curd cake EVER! Well worth a visit.

Thank Caroline B
West Kirby, Wirral
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

A superb little snug cafe, opposite the water wheel in Ambleside. They are dog friendly which is useful. The food is freshly prepared and their cakes are to die for. Cooked by themselves and very generous in size. If you cannot make your mind up about which cakes to eat, then have the cake selection and forget the waist line,... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

Rattle Gill's food and service is exceptional. I'm not a vegetarian but my husband is, so we visited on his recommendation. We love food and we love cake so this place exceeded our expectations! The place is very small and very popular so we had to wait for a table but it was worth the wait. There are about 6... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

Not sure what all the hype is about, or why it rates so highly, the cakes are very average and the coffee is ok. Tiny little place with very pleasant staff.

1 Thank Mandy183
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113 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

Lovely little cafe- one of our favourite haunts when in Ambleside. Relaxed atmosphere, newspapers, great coffee and cakes- can't resist the tasting plate of cakes.

Thank YummymummyCarlisle
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

We first visited Rattle Gill by chance last year after doing Redscrees. We were hoping it would live up to our memory of it when we visited yesterday and it did not disappoint! !! We went for the smoked bean pot which was delicious. Despite being stuffed we couldn't resist the cakes. We opted for the tasting cake platter. All... More 

1 Thank LondonSarahD

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Healthy, Soups
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?