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The Sun Tea Rooms

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High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
01539 436123
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 8
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  • 3
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Oh boy...Cake and World's Best Chowder

A must visit if you are in Hawkshead. The cakes are simply divine (and huge!). The best seafood chowder we ever had anywhere in our global travels...really. They close about 4pm so get there by late morning or early afternoon.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
Kent D
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Christchurch Nz
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  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Christchurch Nz
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

A must visit if you are in Hawkshead. The cakes are simply divine (and huge!). The best seafood chowder we ever had anywhere in our global travels...really. They close about 4pm so get there by late morning or early afternoon.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Briefly stopped here for an afternoon snack before visiting the Beatrix Potter Gallery. We were drawn in by the huge cakes visible in the window. I think they are the largest cakes I have seen in a tea shop! As a family of four we shared two pieces and two toasties. It was more than enough, though if you can't... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This is a little jem of a place with massive cakes and portions! The staff were friendly and the atmosphere very relaxed. I couldn't manage to eat a piece of cake after having a main meal but the staff were very obliging and boxed a piece up to take out. You could tell the cakes were home made by their... More 

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed sandwiches, toastie and soup. The bread is sooooo tasty. We did of course have to get some cake to take out! A lovely lunch and great cake.

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Congleton, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Amazing service, HUGE portions. Run by lovely scouse couple who were really friendly. Small and inviting and atmosphere fantastic! Cakes out of this world and all food local and delicious x

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manchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Had strawberry and choc cake-massive portion -- enough to feed a family.Ate it all despite the cake tasting processed and poor quality and the 'cream' was of a sub value range artificial sweet variety. This cafe would be better off serving smaller premium quality confectioneries which would be more appreciated by discerning palates [unlike mine as I will polish off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Well firstly everything iv ever eaten here over the last 9 years has been fantastic Thank you. but i owe so much more to this little shop and its inspirational baker that we never see. You see 7 years ago my daughter was killed in a car her ex boyfriend at the wheel. We put her on a life support... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Tiny little treasure in hawkshead. Amazingly good meals and superb cakes. The staff are friendly and helpful and the portions are large.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Huge gateaux with multiple choice of flavours. The portion is also plentiful. Other dishes on the menu are also plentiful, tasty and well presented. The staff are very pleasant, chatty and efficient. How the do so much in such little space is a miracle. Must visit if in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Every time we visit the Lake District we make a trip to this fabulous little café. The lattes are delicious and the cakes are massive. One slice is so big even the two of us struggle to eat it between us, but we manage it as it's so yummy. The staff are really lovely and make everyone feel very welcome.... More 

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Address: High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
Phone Number: 01539 436123
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside  >  Hawkshead

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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: 01539 436123

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

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