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The Old Smithy

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The Slack, Ambleside LA22 9DQ, England
+44 15394 32720
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good23%
  • Average14%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible16%
Travellers talk about
“chip shop” (7 reviews)
“from scratch” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
British, Fast food
The Slack, Ambleside LA22 9DQ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch at this establishment. The fish was fresh, battered lightly and the chips were served hot. The staff was friendly and courteous. Good stop for families.

Thank Art C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on Saturday afternoon.There was no queue and the chips were a short wait, so nice & hot & fresh.The young lad on the counter was chatty and polite giving great customer service.Couldn't fault it.

Thank Silverpig2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Large servings and very very good fish and chips. Everything is cooked to order which is why the food is so good - this does mean that it is slower than places that cook and keep food warm. So worth it!

Thank crystal_canary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service atrocious - there were only two people serving and a long queue of customers whose order and money had been taken but still waiting for orders. We waited 10 minutes to be served then a further 20 minutes for our order. At no point...More

Thank GillieMA
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Large portions of freshly cooked fish and chips and a mug of tea. Fish a bit greasy though. They charge you £1.00 extra per person to sit in the shop ! Saying that, very enjoyable and empty plates proved it.

Thank grandaduncan
Reviewed 13 March 2017

My wife and I had takeaway fish & chips. The portions were generous, the quality good and all in all a very tasty meal.

Thank Graham N
Reviewed 19 February 2017

We had a lovely plate of cod and chips and haddock and chips. Mushy peas and gravy were served. The batter was very light and the fish was very fresh. The young girl behind the counter gave us excellent service and made us feel welcome....More

Thank emeraldandgold
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Place was empty and the sevice wasnt the the most efficient but It was pleasant. Fish n chips were really nice but overpriced.

Thank Sohny111
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Well cooked fish in a light and crispy batter, it appears from recent review history that this establishment is a divider, but I was impressed

Thank Spagetti68
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Recommended by the 'Rocking' Reverend who was setting up his PA in the Unicorn Inn where my son and I were staying. One Fish supper, a single fish, served on plates with cutlery in the sit-down area, food was delish and all for about a...More

Thank Mike M
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Slack, Ambleside LA22 9DQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 32720
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