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The Kings Arms

££ - £££, British,
2 The Square | Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NZ, England
+44 15394 36372
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good34%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“fish goujons” (2 reviews)
“pies” (4 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub
££ - £££
2 The Square | Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NZ, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As the title says the food was good and the room was cosy.The staff were friendly especially the landlord who we chatted to for some time as we were renting one of his cottages. There was a nice atmosphere there and the bar sounded lively...More

Thank stephencH8816LM
Reviewed 5 December 2017

The place was very busy, but they managed to find us a table. Choice of food was good, but seemed to be rushed. The steak and ale pie was very good but the gravy was a bit salty for my liking. The young staff were...More

Thank Clive M
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Great pint of Hawkshead bitter in a pretty pub in the heart of the village. Landlord and staff very welcoming. Did not try food but having seen what others were having I wish I had

Thank Jennie S
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Our food and drink were all ok seating all a bit cramped in bar area although we usually prefer to eat in the bar.

Thank countrylover09
Reviewed 19 September 2017

we think that the Kings Arms have to up their game - we also visited other eateries which were more imaginative

Thank Ann-Mariea B
Reviewed 12 September 2017

We popped in for drinks only but the food looked lovely they were stretched to capacity with it being bank holiday and I think they should have employed more staff to cope. Nice pub with reasonable prices.

Thank Helen008
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is a nice English traditional pub with seating outside and inside. Service was okay but not great. The menu was a bit limited - the only starter that really appealed to us was the squid ... which was sold out. Instead we had a...More

Thank Sus500
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We recently dined here. The pub seems to lack the atmosphere of some of the other local pubs but is certainly okay. Service from first waitress not overly friendly but the other waitress much more friendly. I had a risotto with asparagus, beans and shallots...More

Thank claire255100
Reviewed 26 August 2017

From a quite limited menu, unless you like burgers, between us we chose the beef pie and and a duck dish. Desserts were fairly bog standard without too much taste -if I'd closed my eyes I wouldn't have known the gateau was chocolate flavoured. Neither...More

Thank Westview50
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Two of the party ordered the main course of grouse and it was inedible. My daughter could not even break the skin and when my son managed to do it for her it was raw. We did complain and were offered a steak knife to...More

Thank Mavis T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 The Square | Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 36372
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A truly traditional Lakeland inn. Good food, real ales, bed and breakfast accommodation and self-catering cottages. A arm welcome awaites at the Kings Arms, Hawkshead, which lies in the heart of the English Lake District in the beautiful. The Inn, on Hawkshead's Village Square, has greeted visitors since Elizabethan times to a place where the pace of life remains quiet and unhurried.
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