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Sheila's Cottage Restaurant

The Slack, Ambleside LA22 9DQ, England
+44 (0)1539 433079
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Ranked #28 of 95 Restaurants in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $46
Cuisines: English
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Sheila’s Cottage is a quaint cottage style licensed restaurant tucked away down a quiet lane, in the heart of Ambleside. Behind the traditional Lakeland slate exterior you will find our cosy interior with an eclectic mix of original old features, complimented by modern lighting and air conditioning.At Sheila’s Cottage we serve both lunch and evening meals and pride ourselves on a great selection of home cooked food which has, where possible, been sourced locally. Our food is accompanied by a wide choice of loose leaf teas, freshly ground coffees or by a carefully chosen selection of wines, spirits and beers.
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78% Recommend
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We are regular annual visitors to Ambleside, but this was our first visit to Sheila's. Wish we had tried it before. The service was unhurried, friendly and attentive. Most of the starters though at first we thought a little pricey at £6.95, were amply portioned and absolutely delicious. We tried the pork belly, chorizo & black pudding salad, soup (£4.45),... More

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Warwick, England, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I popped into Sheila's for a large slice of Victoria Spong Cake, i was surprised at just how large the slice was, and a pot of loose leaf tea on a rainy afternoon. I was very impressed, its so quaint and cute inside and clearly looked popular with a number of locals as well as tourists. The menu was quite... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

We were staying at the restaurant's sister establishment, the Gables; so we tried this place for an evening meal. I can't fault it. Great food, good wine, great service. A very comfortable place to eat of an evening. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal here.

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Whitley Bay
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Just popped in for a cup of tea and a scone. Judging by the number of places looking for staff this is clearly an issue in Ambleside but this was the first place where we were confronted with this reality. A waiter who even if his English was better should never be seen apart from perhaps at Fawlty Towers. The... More

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The food was lovely, but the service was terrible.. The waiteress looked like she didn't want to be there.. which made me feel uncomfortable.. we were never offered condiments with our meal.. and no follow up was given..

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our family stumbled across this little place down the Ambleside back streets one evening. Plenty of seating and a good Childrens Menu. I had the Haddock. I don't think that I have ever had such a lovely meal. The staff were attentive and helpful, even supplying an extra spoon for desert 'just in case'. My daughter had a good sized... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Arrived after a heavy rain shower on a Monday evening, getting to the restaurant at around 7:15. We were seated immediately and menus brought over with no delay. We then sat with no one coming over for a drinks order or anything before hearing a member of staff telling another table that there was at least a 20 minute wait... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My family had a delicious lunch or cream tea and the food was excellent. After trying to find somewhere that sold scones without currants and sultanas, this little gem had exactly what I wanted. The service was very good but the value for money and size of the portions were great. Would definitely recommend.

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Durham, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went to Sheila's on a Saturday night with our 5 yr old. It had been a red hot day and the restaurant had air conditioning which was much needed too cool us down. After our many visits to Ambleside this was our first meal here and it was lovely. Plenty of choice and beautifully cooked meals when they arrived.... More

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Essex, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

After returning from a long walk this was a perfect place to go for a nice lunch.the open sandwiches were amazing! Very big and very filling.we also managed to sneak in a cream tea which was also very generous and very tasty.would definitely eat here again.

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