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Old Blue Mill | Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, England
+44 15395 30448
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Horndean, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Having enjoyed a trip around the motor museum we stopped in the Ambio not really expecting much. As it turned out, the vegetable soup was delicious and my wife, who has a sweet tooth, decided to have a cinnamon and apple pie with cream and it was one of the most delicious sweets that she tasted during all our holiday... More 

Thank PeterPietro
Elgin, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

16 of us arrived here for lunch on our car club run. The restaurant was busy but the service was well organised, quick and friendly. The food was excellent and very good value. We ordered sandwiches but did not want the accompanying salad bowl or alternative of chips...the restaurant provided us with a bag of crisps each to make up... More 

Thank jc9my2014
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I don't usually like cafes attached to visitor attractions like this but I'm glad that I made an exception here. Staff were great - friendly and cheerful We ordered Eggs Ambio and a Ploughmans Platter. Both arrived quickly and were very tasty. The ploughmans was enormous - plenty of cheese, ham and bread as well as a whole pork pie... More 

Thank Steve B
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A canteen style service at restaurant prices! Basic queuing system like at school, had to retrieve cutlery cheap serviettes (1 ply), a good half hour wait for a mediocre break fast @£24 for 2. One slice of toast, tepid beans, re-heated bacon and sausage, deep fried black pudding a very small poached egg and a boarder lined cooked un seasoned... More 

Thank oliver r
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived just as lunch was about to be served. Lovely location, great service from friendly attentive staff. Had roast beef Sunday lunch which I really enjoyed. The cakes looked good but they were not covered up and we saw a couple of large flies landing on several of them. I would have loved a cake as well but obviously... More 

Thank vinniecat869
Cheshire, UK
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came to the cafe on a lovely sunny day. Comfortable seating inside and out. Very bright seating area, lots of windows. Food was excellent although the service was quite slow. Friendly, competent service, would come again

Thank Karen G
Kent, England
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417 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It seemed the catering here would well suit a family day out with a good selection reasonably priced. Also pleasant views across the river particularly on a day when it's comfortable to sit outside.

Thank Stephen S
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum next door and called for a coffee and a snack, a brief look at the menu and decided to have a griddled chicken burger, on arrival at the table it looked amazing, the taste was also fantastic, even though the cafe was totally rammed with people the staff were brilliant, great food, great value and a... More 

Thank Terry S
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113 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

For a cafe by a museum, this was an excellent place for coffee, cake and a breakfast bun. Service was good and the views of the river really nice (when it stopped raining!)

Thank Adam D
Windermere, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2017

The inclusion of 'ambio' in the business name would imply, for many people, an ambience of some sort and this would be a misinterpretation. In the Ings Cafe Ambio and the one at Backbarrow I experienced a kind of surreal detachment between the staff and the 'punters.' Staff will operate within their professional role from behind the serving counter and... More 

Thank JefferyRichardson

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Scenic view
Open Hours
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Blue Mill | Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Backbarrow
  • Phone Number: +44 15395 30448

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