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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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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2017

after struggling for years to find a reasonably priced good quality eating place in kendal , grange over sands, bowness i had giving up but when i went to cafe ambio i had the best eating experience iv'e ever had in lake district. I had a ham and chutney sandwich on wholemeal bread + a pot of tea what i... More 

1 Thank Barry T
Lancashire England
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

Located at the motor museum I expected a basic cafe .... how wrong was I, steak burger with chops was gorgeous and too big for my mouth, had to deconstruct it a bit. The cake selection looked and was very tasty indeed. Not cheap but certainly more than a basic cafe.

Thank reveclipse
Uckfield, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

I use cafe ambio every week mainly for breakfast food very good and piping hot staff very friendly always a smile and excellent service great place to meet up with friends ideal spot in the grounds of Lakeland car museum with views over the river

Thank adrian a
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75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

If there was a book on say 50 meals you need to eat before you die, the ploughman's lunch at cafe Ambio in brilliant Backbarrow would be on the list. Incredible quantity and selection of pies meat cheese and pickle for a very affordable price. Best ploughman's in the world? Probably.

1 Thank Colin W
Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

Called in for Sunday Lunch after visiting the adjacent motor museum. The cafe was very clean and tidy, the staff were pleasant and helpful. We ordered roast pork which was well presented and an ample amount but was completely ruined by being served with an extremely overpowering "oxo flavoured" gravy. If we visited again, which is doubtful, we would opt... More 

Thank skinnydipper884
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

Called in after going to the museum, really pricey for a cafe but the food was nice and in a nice setting sat next to the river.

Thank Bertie W
Kendal, United Kingdom
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305 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

Had a lovely lunch at the Ambio Cafe. Good quality food, friendly staff and a great view of the river. The cafe is available for all, even if you do not wish to visit the museum.

Thank lakelover908
Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

We often call in here for a coffee and cake after a walk in the area. Being gluten free it would be nice if the cakes on view at the counter included some gluten free choices. However it's always welcoming in here with good views of the river

Thank westy7777
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016 via mobile

I attended here as a break while going round the museum and was presently surprised. We went in with the intention of getting a light snack however when looking at the specials board me and the rest of my family decided to get the roast dinner. There was a choice of local roast beef or pork with potatoes and veg... More 

Thank Robyn P
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138 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

The café serves very good food. On a point of caution be prepared for a wait if you arrive after a coach visiting the motor museum

Thank partiLancashire

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?