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Chesters By The River

Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside LA22 9NN, England
+44 15394 34711
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“salads” (177 reviews)
“flatbread” (151 reviews)
“cakes” (787 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 16:30All hours
Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside LA22 9NN, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Having visited here two years ago and been really impressed, I was disappointed to find that on my visit today, the original warmth and wholesome integrity had disappeared. Although the quality of the food was good, Chester's is clearly aimed at a very specific clientele....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came here two years ago and it was really good. There was a wide range of food with vegetarian options. Now it's all Veggie with no meat options. So we left feeling sad, hungry and unwanted because we aren't vegetarian!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

After a lovely walk from the NT car park to Skelworth Bridge Chesters is an ideal place to stop for refreshments.It was a lovely day when we visited and both Myself and The Other Half had Scones.I had Cheese and The Other Half,Fruit with Raspberry...More

Thank elizabethann1954
Reviewed 5 days ago

We always love to come to Chesters when we visit the Lakes and it never disappoints. They have a wood fired pizza oven which produces some of the best pizzas we've ever had. The salads are amazing too. We came intending to just have coffee...More

Thank Yorkie1188
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not been for two years so popped in for lunch. Immediately noted from the menu that it had gone vegetarian, initially not good for a commited carnivore. Our food was excellent, full of interesting flavours. My wife's sweet potato samosa was in fact vegan, but...More

Thank sapeluk1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always a fabulous place to go for brunch. Beautiful setting, lovely fresh and flavoursome food. Great addition with the takeaway bakery, and the shop to have a mooch! One of our favourite places to go.

Thank LovesGourmetFood
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whenever we're in the are we always stop for lunch or coffee and cakes at Chesters. The location is delightful (even if parking is usually a trial) and the shop is intriguing. The catering, though, is outstanding. Homemade cakes, buns and desserts are to die...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious, reasonably priced salads, huge servings of chocolate cake. Unisex toilets mean you get a look of disgust from an old woman everytime you leave a stall.

Thank Mr-F-Peterborough
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two of us visited - this is one of our favourite places and it never disappoints. Despite teeming rain, people were queuing outside in the hope of getting a table. Fantastic food with brilliant views. A great shop attached to the place. Parking can be...More

Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stay in the lakes every year for our summer holiday and I've been promising for the last 3 that we'll visit Chester's, we eventually got round to it this year. Myself, partner and our 2 children stopped off for afternoon tea and drinks, the...More

Thank chris g
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24 July 2017|
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Response from paul e | Reviewed this property |
It is true that on busy days parking is an issue. But, honestly you don't need to put your car on their premises. There's quite a lot of room on the Langdale Road alongside.
Wendy F
21 March 2017|
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Response from unam e | Reviewed this property |
I think guide dogs, but I've seen people sitting outside with them
27 August 2016|
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Response from sandboatgirl | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's totally vegetarian

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
09:00 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside LA22 9NN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 34711
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