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Cafe Ambio

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Old Blue Mill | Lakeland Motor Museum, Backbarrow, England
+44 15395 30448
09:30 - 17:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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146 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 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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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 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
Estacion de Cartama, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped for a quick sandwich before going round the Museum, good menu, lovely food and well presented. Staff friendly and good value for money.

Thank Lesley A
Shuttleworth. uk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We had a snack here after visiting the Motor Museum, the staff were very friendly and helpful. The coffee was excellent , I had the Mushroom soup and a Beef sandwhich both were first class, my partner and her Dad just had toasted teacakes which they enjoyed. The cakes in the display cabinet all looked extremely inviting, all the food... More 

Thank Sicksquid
Richmond, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Delicious coffee, with large freshly baked scone accompanied by butter Jan and clotted cream... delicious. Stopped off in the middle of our motor museum visit to find this really good cafe overlooking the Lakeland river. The cafe was very busy but we were served quickly and ordered cooked food came in a few minutes. Nice friendly ambience, high chairs for... More 

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
09:30 - 17:30
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?