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The Sun Tea Rooms

High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
+44 15394 36123
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“cakes” (268 reviews)
“chowder” (15 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
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1 - 10 of 358 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a fantastic lunch here at 2pm after visiting Hill Top nearby. It's a very small cafe, but the size of the cakes made me want to wait for a table. The turnaround was quick and the staff friendly. Cakes served to nearby tables...More

Thank Kim D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a real gem of a cafe. We were enticed in by the incredible gateaux and cakes in the window which were every bit as delicious as they looked. Everything else was fantastic too though - really friendly service and perfect drinks. Highly recommended!

Thank Buzzybee130
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived in Hawkshead on Thursday 27 July after a long drive up the M6. We had only one thought on our minds - a cup of tea! At 4.45 we walked into the Sun Cottage Cafe and asked for two teas. The waitress replied...More

1  Thank Angela I
traceynpaul, Owner at The Sun Tea Rooms, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

what time is afternoon tea when the cafe is open you clearly state our cafe had closed on the door sorry

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you are hungry because the portions are huge 👍👍 coffee is lovely and I am pretty sure they have other drinks on offer. Will Defo call again

Thank Terry H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

never seen any cakes like those anywhere. Its a wonderful little cafe, we only had the cake as they looked fabulous (took a while but we managed to eat them up.) Thanks

Thank matt_Dunowski
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drove for an hour just to go here for their cake, really wish we hadn't! The woman behind the counter had a can't be bothered attitude-asked her if they take card and was told no, then she followed that with the card machine is broke....More

4  Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My mum and I wandered past the front window of The Sun Tea Rooms and our eyes just went huge! There in the window where several sponge cakes...at least 18" across, three layers, cream, jam, fruit...just a dream! The lady in the shop was very...More

Thank Sara S
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

I couldn't recommend this place more highly! During our stay we visited twice as we loved it so much, the food compares to nothing else and the staff are really friendly and talkative! This place is a definite must visit!

Thank Sarahlouise998
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Having a wander round hawkshead came across this little gem. The cafe is small and a bit cramped but that adds to the atmosphere. We had coffee, best coffee in a long while,my husband had a fruit scone, came with butter/jam, which he enjoyed. I...More

Thank Ins50
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We were on a tour of the Lake District and stopped for a break and came across this little gem. The coffee was great, but the stand out was the superb cakes absolutely delicious. A very generous slice, so my husband and I shared. Very...More

Thank Shara G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 14
Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Cash Only
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside  >  Hawkshead
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 36123
Small but quirky cafe home of the giant cakes but also serving full meals from soups to our own cured and smoked meats
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