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“Real treat after a long walk !”

The Old School Room Tea Shop
Ranked #7 of 10 Coffee & Tea in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Description: Absolutely amazing cakes, strong hot tea and is at the end/start of many hikes including the Fairfield horseshoe. They make lovely looking sandwiches but we only had cakes. Best ginger cake I've had.
N. Ireland
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Real treat after a long walk !”
Reviewed 18 March 2013

We visit this tea room every trip as it is in a great location with walking routes passing right by. It is also dog friendly which is a bonus. Lovely selection of home made cakes and buns. This time we had lunch, the root vegetable soup and date slices after were delicious. Perfect way to refuel after a mornings walk.

  • Visited March 2013
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Malaga, Spain
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“Definitely 5 stars!”
Reviewed 10 February 2013

This place is one of the very best in the Lake District for tea and cakes - I've never had a full meal here. It is great to combine a visit here with a walk in the area and maybe you will burn off some of the calories. It's close to Wordsworth's home, Rydal Mount.

  • Visited February 2013
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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“Stunnning location, amazing cakes”
Reviewed 3 August 2012

Highly recommended for lunch or tea - if you have time the grounds of Rydal Hall are also worth exploring. Delicious cakes.

Visited July 2012
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Manchester
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“Welcoming tea room in a great location”
Reviewed 22 June 2012

The Old School Tea Room at Rydal Hall is in a great location in the grounds of the Hall in a lovingly restored old building. It is very handy at the end of the walk round Fairfield Horseshoe and the sign for the footpath back to Ambleside is right outside the tea shop door. We arrived near closing time with muddy boots and the staff were very welcoming and friendly. There was a good selection of teas and cakes and the lunch menu on the board looked interesting. In good weather there are tables and chairs outside and you can walk round the gardens and grounds of the Hall. A great find.

  • Visited May 2012
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Cumbria, United Kingdom
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“Excellent tea room, ideally located and in amazing surroundings”
Reviewed 18 May 2012

The Old School Room Tea Shop is tucked away within Rydal Hall, which itself is worth a visit to see the waterfalls and Italianate terracing and gardens. The Tea Room is in a perfect location for anyone walking the Rydal Water, Ambleside, Grasmere area - look for Rydal Hall on the internet to see how it fits perfectly when you're looking for refreshment while exploring the area. Cakes and food are the highest quality and very tasty! This is a 'Tea Room' rather than a cafe, but muddy boots are very welcome and the hospitality is great.

  • Visited May 2012
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