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The Picnic Box

Certificate of Excellence
Fast Food, Sandwiches
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1 Lake Road, Ambleside, England
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic sandwiches

Don't miss this gem in Ambleside. I almost dismissed The Picnic Box in favour for flashier looking cafes - this would have been a huge mistake! Great filled baguettes and great rolls - they use good quality ham and fresh salad. I recommend the caramel shortbread slice. Great food and great value.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Don't miss this gem in Ambleside. I almost dismissed The Picnic Box in favour for flashier looking cafes - this would have been a huge mistake! Great filled baguettes and great rolls - they use good quality ham and fresh salad. I recommend the caramel shortbread slice. Great food and great value.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I got the walkers lunch box which was amazing value. The sandwich was great and I got crisps, drink, kendle mint cake, banana and a peppermint slice all for under 6 pounds! The guy who works there also works at the Tesco and does not have a twin as I had thought.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Called into the Picnic Box yesterday because we were in a hurry and didn't fancy going into a cafe or pub, just wanted something quick. The sandwiches were fantastic , made fresh in front of ourselves and really tasty, will be back to visit next time in Ambleside.

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Carrickfergus, N Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

Called in to get a couple of sandwiches for lunch. Terrific selection. Decided on prawn and Marie rose with salad. Absolutely crammed and so tasty. Two huge sandwiches, full of prawns, came to £4.40. What a bargain.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Vast choice of sandwich fillings hot & cold, fed the family of 5 for under £13 which worked out the same as making our own sandwiches the day before & we all got to eat what we wanted, will definitely go back during our stay

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here for a quick bite to take away. Recommended. Nothing amazing but food was made to order than off the shelf and was nice and fresh - what you want! - :)

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015 via mobile

This was a great little find. We had two really tasty baguettes, crammed full of filling, at very reasonable prices. Thoroughly recommended for a quick bite to eat on the go.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The food here was very tasty but nothing out of the ordinary. Nice panini and good value for money. Had to wait about 5-10 minutes for our food but at least you know it's cooked to order!

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We arrived in Ambleside towards 2 on a Sunday, and the first two pubs we tried were only doing roast dinners which we really didn't want. Out of the window we spied this, and what a find. Freshly made hot and cold sandwiches, cakes, soups, snacks of all varieties, no wonder there was a queue. Very reasonable prices, about £2.50... More 

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Burton in Kendal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Saturday lunch before the walk up to the waterfalls- popped in this family run sandwich place beats Greggs by a mile- coronation chicken sandwich beautiful soup home made piping hot and chicken sweet chili panni did the trick too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Lake Road, Ambleside, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Fast Food, Sandwiches

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