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The Sun Tea Rooms

High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
+44 15394 36123
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“cakes” (234 reviews)
“chowder” (17 reviews)
“strawberry cake” (11 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cakes in the window looked so amazing that thought they were fake. We had the carot cake and the choc & strawberry cake..... the best in the whole of the UK and the cafe latte was spot on as well

Thank Dougandbarry
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I hosted a GBBO Stand Up2 Cancer Bake Sale, and was very kindly donated two huge cakes to sell - with all proceeds going to charity. Just a simply amazing business, that will go above and beyond to help local people and their communities. The...More

Thank Leanne R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have visited here a number of times as the huge cakes are legendary. Had the 'chocolate and strawberry cake' that I ended up having to take away in a box, as it was too big to finish there and then. It tasted divine. Love the...More

1  Thank Joseph H
Reviewed 16 May 2018

Stopped at Hawks head in late April whilst visiting the UK. Wondered around looking for a place to eat and decided to try the Sun tea rooms after spotting the cakes in the window. The pictures do not do them justice as the ones we...More

2  Thank Sivad1822
Reviewed 11 May 2018

The window display is enticing, as shown in the photographs. But the cakes are all variations on the theme of sponge - no tray bakes at all. There were some scones as well but nothing gluten-free - maybe that had all gone during the Bank...More

Thank Walking_Scot
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Fantastic tasty sandwiches with great chips, shame we couldn't manage a piece of cake. We'll worth a visit.

1  Thank Sara P
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped for tea and coffee mid-afternoon and decided we had to sample the mammoth cakes in the window. Glad we did...the raspberry may have received to billing at our table but the two types of chocolate were not far behind. Nice place and nice...More

1  Thank Hylocichla
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Amazingly delicious homemade cakes and scones and sandwiches and fish and chips that I love and amazingly delicious juicy cheeseburgers

1  Thank Heather C
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Never mind the huge cakes in the window, you have to try the fish finger sandwich. Fantastic value - more like 2 fish fillets with chips and thick slices of bread. The only downside was that we had no room left for cake, which we...More

Thank googlicious
Reviewed 14 April 2018

Went into this small cafe with my family. The staff were so lovely they seated us and were really nice. The food was probably the best fish and chips we have had and the cakes were amazing. So Child friendly and the caring. Highly recommended...More

Thank Sash2012
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Joseph H
2 April 2018|
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Response from Paul A | Reviewed this property |
015494 36123 that's the only number I have
janis c
26 September 2017|
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Response from weekenderinthesun | Reviewed this property |
I would doubt that reservations would be possible, it's only got a couple of tables and there are tables in the alleyway and in the street. I guess you'll just have to take your chance when you arrive and hope for good... More
Bill D
20 September 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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: +44 15394 36123
Small but quirky cafe home of the giant cakes but also serving full meals from soups to our own cured and smoked meats
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