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Cafe Ambio

Old Blue Mill | Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, England
015395 30448
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Ranked #1 of 1 restaurants in Backbarrow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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92% Recommend
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English first
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141 reviews 141 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

You can sit outside; wobbly small tables, river view hampered by high wire fence, but not terrible. Or sit inside café style. Adequate selection of dishes, drinks; rather a captive market here for the museum visitors. Roast beef dinner very poor; 2 slices of average beef; Yorkshire pudding inedible (burnt and rubbery, and far too big). Quite slow service, but... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

We visited the motor museum first and the staff were friendly and my husband and 10 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed. We went to the ambio cafe and ordered food which we felt you couldn't really mess up! However the beef burger was like rubber and the chips tasted like they had been cooked in fat that was well best... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Great food, reasonably priced. Would recommend to those visiting the motor museum. Lovely riverside position.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Don't buy a sandwich from here if you like meat the coronation chicken sandwich is suitable for vegetarians as it does not contain chicken only sultans inferior mayonnaise and a sniff of the curry pot! Also they don't take card under £5 - on the whole needs work and better bread which is altogether bad!

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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 via mobile

Brilliant Sunday lunch at a very reasonable price. Both pork and beef options were amazing and had plenty of veg. Great service from all staff who went out of their way to make us welcome.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Firstly I would like to say how much my partner and myself enjoyed our food on our visit to your cafe on our visit to the Lake District last Wednesday, the standard of food was exceptional. Unfortunately our morning was ruined due to the manner of one member of staff (blonde lady) who spoke in such a rude manner to... More

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Have been here many times over the years and the food is always good and reasonably priced. The seats outside by the river on a warm day are a lovely place to sit and eat. Although we did have a few wasps after the jam last time! It's a good place to go with family and friends and it has... More

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16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Dropped in at lunch time after visiting the museum. A nice setting, service was good, with a reasonable variety on the menu. I had the grilled chicken sandwich, whilst the quality was excellent I felt it was a little overpriced for what it was. £6.95. Probably a reflection of this being a popular tourist area.

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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Had a lovely lunch here. Generous portions. Quick,friendly service. Yummy. Can't fault the place. Will return.

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

I've come here so often I take it for granted that I am going to have a good meal. The soups are always delicious and at £3.95, including fresh bread, they are excellent value. Sandwiches are also made with fresh bread and the meals are generous portions. There is always a good selection of cakes and when you combine this... More

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