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All 91 Ambleside Restaurants

Chesters By The River

Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside LA22 9NN, England
015394 34711
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Ranked #14 of 91 Restaurants in Ambleside
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A breath of fresh air in Lake District hospitality - hugely bustling cafe, dedicated staff oozing sincerity and commitment to providing excellent cakes and casting off a frumpy 'cream tea' image with earth shattering results. Wood fire baked pizzas, and fresh salads looked delightful. Had early grey and lemon pound cake wrapped up in a scarf overlooking the crashing waterfalls.... More

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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We have just spent a week in the Lake District and visited Chesters several times for morning coffee and/or cake plus shopping. The cafe is comfy, with different seating areas, ranging from stools by the window, to squashy sofas. The coffee is excellent, the cakes divine and the lunches looked very mouth-watering. The staff are friendly and welcoming and the... More

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Cockermouth
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We arrived just before mid-day so the lunch service hadn't quite started which gave us plenty of time to browse the menu and look at the food on display while we had a (disappointing) coffee. I chose one of the specials which was delicious, filling and good value - we also had a sharing plate of salad which was really... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Chesters is ever popular, so very crowded around lunchtime, but we arrived just after the rush and had a super cream tea with massive scones and home made raspberry jam. Possibly the best cream tea I have ever had!

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Stoke On Trent
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Sitting in a lovely spot by the river (as the name suggests), Chesters is a great place for lunch if you're in the area, although it is always busy and it is sometimes hard to get a seat. Their menu is always interesting and very tasty with pizzas and flatbreads cooked in their wood fired oven and the cakes are... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

What an awesome place! We were walking along the river and came upon this place and decided to come back for lunch at the end of our walk. What a great choice!!! This palace was packed on a Monday at 1pm. I had a pizza, amazing! Hubby had a sausage roll (was good, but could have been better) and chips.... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Fantastic combination of wholesome food and gift shopping. Always something interesting on the menu and in the shop. And a piece of their flapjack will keep you going all day on the hills!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I was recommended this gorgeous place by a friend. In my first visit I couldn't get a seat as it was half-term I work in education, what can you do! We took a cake away oh how wonderful it was! I took my son last week we had yo squeeze in a tiny space to get a table the ambience... More

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Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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312 reviews 312 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We called in at Chester's again today, half way round a walk from Elterwater. Despite it being term-time, it was as ever very busy, so we decided to sit on the outside tables by the river. We had a coke and a hot chocolate, and a cake each. Chester's has the best choice of home-made cakes you will find anywhere,... More

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Ambleside, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Chesters, seems to be a nice enough cafe, however it is always busy and Its difficult to park here on the few occasions we have visited as a family. I suspect its busy because there is no other choice for visitors either coming from or going to The Langdales, Loughrigg Fell and surrounding walks. The industrial site next door has... More

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Address: Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside LA22 9NN, England
Phone Number: 015394 34711
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside

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