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Chesters By The River

Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside LA22 9NN, England
+44 15394 34711
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“salads” (173 reviews)
“flatbread” (152 reviews)
“cakes” (585 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside LA22 9NN, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We have been coming here for years, but the standards are slipping. They got 4 items on our order wrong this time. The food was fine when it arrived but took too long to get right. They need to get back on track, not as...More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

First time visiting Chesters and we will be back again. Super friendly staff and such a lovely atmosphere. Absolutely beautiful location! Me and my partner both ordered a pizza each and both had a coffee, we were not disappointed, the food was lovely, no complaints....More

Thank vivabecks
Reviewed 5 days ago

Seen some visitors not happy with full vegetarian but the choice of different dishes is as ever good The sharing plate of 4 salads excellent value for money more than enough for 2 with portion of bread Unfortunately not enough room for cake which are...More

Thank Carole M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Been coming to cheaters for more than 25 years now and love to see yet another lovely seating area and take away bakery section. However was so disappointed by the slow serviced. Arrived pre lunch and wasn't too busy. Till broken so had to pay...More

Thank Eleanor F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We come to this place every year whilst on holiday, and absolutely love It, we enjoy the food and cakes the staff are nice and although it's very busy we always make sure we have at least one visit here. See you again next year...More

Thank Helen L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been going to Chesters for years and years. We have seen a steady decline in the food offered. Sadly we are going to pass it by from now on. Do they not realise not everyone likes vegetarian food. Also can't take the food...More

1  Thank Sheila G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I fully commend the choice to make this stunning place totally vegetarian. The menu is fantastically varied, service is always friendly and it's a haven that I love visiting, especially this last time. To the owners/staff - once you get your vegetarian name out there...More

Thank Amy W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always aim to visit Chesters by the River whenever we return home to the lakes. It's veggie heaven with its huge array of fresh salads, hot meals and of course the barely tempting cakes and scones! They say timing is everything and that's certainly...More

Thank paradoxxically
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to stop for a coffe; lunch or browse. The new baker offers additional outdoor seating for take-away customers..all very good.

Thank 321terry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I feel compelled to save Chesters by the river from some of the negative press it's received on here lately. We received a recommendation from a family member to go here- but I was nearly put off by some of the negative reviews. As it...More

Thank LJCW
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Wendy F
can you take dogs in to Chesters
March 21, 2017|
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Response from unam e | Reviewed this property |
I think guide dogs, but I've seen people sitting outside with them
Is this a vegetarian cafe ?
August 26, 2016|
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Response from sandboatgirl | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's totally vegetarian
Do you do a traditional afternoon tea on a sunday in march?
July 4, 2016|
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Response from travellerdavid | Reviewed this property |
I don't know, we just visited for lunch while walking through
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside LA22 9NN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 34711
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