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Sun Cottage Cafe

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High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
+44 15394 36123
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Dover, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place, cosy, friendly and food is yummy yummy. Will be back again soon for the lovely cheese toastie and cakes :)

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Thank daggerss
Derby, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fab little cafe, we couldn't resist trying the amazing cakes in the window but as soon as we were settled in, the menu and other customers orders going past us meant we then couldn't resist the lunches on offer and took the huge slices of cake home in boxes! A warm welcome, good menu and great value for money!

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Thank J H
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54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely little tea room! The setting is so cozy, the staff are friendly and the cakes are Huge! Thankfully they will give you a cake box to take home the leftovers!

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Thank babyblue810
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Popped in for tea and cakes, the giant cakes in the window really pull you in. It is tiny but has a good selection of both cakes and more substantial fare for lunch. Very friendly quick service and reasonable prices for average size portions but these are generous. Definitely worth another visit.

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Thank walkerhb
London, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

It was cold, wet and we needed tea...fast. We saw this place and decided to give it a try - the huge creamy/jammy cakes in the window may have had something to do with our choice. True it is a small cafe but in winter it just made it all the cosier. We had 2 spicy pea and ham soups... More 

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Thank NaughtyBeagle
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Lovely place run by a lovely family who make you feel very welcome I always get a pot of tea and a cake my husband loves the fish and chips which come wrapped in newspaper the old fashioned way great touch!

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Thank sarahmc2024
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

This is a gem of a place I love the cakes which are amazing and the fish chips are the best I have tasted visit here and you won't be disappointed! I have visited here many times and it only gets better it's run by a lovely family who make you feel very welcome!

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Thank sarahmc2024
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Visited Hawkshead in October , and stumbled upon this place. Would like to say thank you to the owners, brilliant atmosphere , food was unreal and the cakes where the best we have ever tasted! Will be returning next time we visit the lakes ... I would recommend this place to anyone you will not be disappointed. Thanks again!!!👍

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Thank mclchad
Palo Alto, California
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238 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Nice small cafe and it was overcrowded when we arrived. Seafood Chowder was extremely salty and mostly mussels and little else. The cake look delicious but it had been sitting around to long and just so little flavor.

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Thank Iamalwayslost
Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Visited whilst on holiday after reading the reviews but greatly disappointed. Same nice cakes displayed in the window but it has obviously changed hands and many photographs seem to be out of date. Pretty blue and white decor and hanging baskets are long gone. Quirky huge lamp shades hang all over ceiling, walls patched up with cardboard, tables and chairs... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$14
Cuisine
British
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Cash Only, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?