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The Sun Tea Rooms

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High Street | next to the Sun Pub, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
+44 15394 36123
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Sydney, Australia
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94 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Holy moly! Those cakes are very generously portioned and utterly delicious. We stopped in before lunch but would otherwise have tried some of the delicious sounding savoury dishes. The friendly ladies even pagacked my leftover cake for me to take away.

Thank Baker_Bowie
Leeds, United Kingdom
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210 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everywhere you look in the Lakes, are tea rooms. Some are very good and some are mediocre. The Sun knocks seven bells out of all of them! It's tiny, with around 25 seats or so. It's utterly superb so expect it to be busy. We called on a very rainy day and had the sunniest welcome you could get. The... More 

Thank Richardhands
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379 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tiny little place tucked away in Hawkshead- but there are a handful of outside tables on the street and in the alleyway- home made cakes and god coffee, worth seeking out!

Thank weekenderinthesun
Chester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this little cafe, amazing food and great quality and portions. Always lovely friendly staff, only problem is they don't accept card payment so only cash !!

Thank Steph J
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Could not speak highly enough of this little gem! Quality amazing food and excellent service! Even gave my children a free cake for eating all their lunch! Will be back!

Thank wonderwood2017
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We went into the Sun Cafe after seeing the sign reading "fresh seafood chowder". The place is literally tiny and were lucky enough to find a small table for two. Proceeded to have the aforementioned chowder and were not disappointed at all. It's served with mussels and cod fish in it and is the definition of comfort food - creamy,... More 

Thank Gatoskyla
London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

We visited here for brunch on our drive back from the lakes. The two ladies running the cafe were an absolute delight- so friendly and chatty. Service with a smile! 3 of us ordered the potato hash with egg and the other ordered the chowder. The hash was a large serving and it was so tasty we had to eat... More 

Thank Jennifer S
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

After stopping in Hawkshead for a bite to eat and being stuck between lunch and dinner serving times in the pubs we found ourselves in this quirky place. Burgers were fantastic and cake takeaway brilliant! Very tiny inside but only added to the cosy feel of the place. Wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea but we certainly enjoyed.

Thank Fiona108
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

This little cafe is perfectly situated in Hawkshead near the Beatrix Potter Gallery in the Lake District. They make HUGE, yummy cakes and serve hot, delicious tea which hits the spot after walking through Beatrix Potter country. The service is friendly and efficient even during very busy periods. I would definitely recommend having a nibble here.

Thank Farah O
Brighton, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

The vary large cakes in the window caught our eye but after our very tasty lunch we didn't have room to try any. Good value for money and very cosy, loved the decor. Thank you.

Thank Jacksonsinbrighton

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 6 - USD 14
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Cash Only, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?