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The Old School Room Tea Shop

Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
+44 15394 32143
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible1%
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“cakes” (23 reviews)
“sandwich” (3 reviews)
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Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be aware the toilets have been moved and are now no longer behind the cafe but diagonally opposite the front door. A great cafe as just when you fancy a brew here it is - as ever fantastically expensive for a coffee but a range...More

Thank Steve T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a great place for a cup tea or coffee or rose lemonade and panniis and cakegreat view of the water fall and mill lbut slow service to get a cup of teaand it was not even busywe waited 20 mins for teawe wanted to vuist...More

Thank simonf4
Reviewed 17 July 2017

It's hard not to like this cafe as it's in a wonderful location and we have called in here over the years when walking from Ambleside. This time however an excellent pot of tea we were disappointed by burnt tea cakes and after returning one...More

Thank JohnT1954
Reviewed 29 May 2017

We called in for a quick bite to eat, whilst wandering around the gardens.. Sat outside next to the rapids in the river. We only had a toasted teacake each, and a cuppa, but very enjoyable. Good friendly service. Nice selection of cakes and light...More

2  Thank alisdair t
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

We have visited this tea room many times whilst walking in the Rydal area. Last week whilst on holiday, we walked the coffin route from Grasmere to Ambleside and decided to stop for a scone and cup of tea. We were very disappointed with the...More

Thank Netty C
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Came across this tea room whilst walking round Rydal, just what we needed. Had coffee, cake and sandwiches. All really nice . It's in a nice location with a log burning fire and toilets .

Thank Jusytops
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Freezing cold and wet day but no fire lit so tea room was really cold. Couldn't wait to finish and carry on walking. We informed the staff though before leaving. This dampened the visit and made our stop off slightly sour. Also soup seemed rather...More

Thank beckysmart80
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

As grandparents we were on a walk from Ambleside with our son and his family. The tea rooms were a welcome stop for a refreshing drink and snack about half way on our circular walk. An delicious variety of cakes and hot drinks were on...More

Thank Daphne E
Reviewed 2 November 2016

We went here last year and wrote, what will be, exactly the same TA Adviser Review. This place has a perfect location, wonderful coffee and cake, average & slightly watery soup but dreadfully slow service. One poor guy (doing his best) on service and a...More

Thank Jingle05
Reviewed 17 September 2016

We have been stopping here for years and have watched the place grow. Always a great cup of tea and good choice of cake. Sit by the stream and waterfalls for a good rest before soldiering on.

Thank AndyfH2014
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  • Address: Rydal Hall, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Ambleside
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 32143
Absolutely amazing cakes, strong hot tea and is at the end/start of many hikes including the Fairfield horseshoe. They make lovely looking sandwiches but we only had cakes. Best ginger cake I've had.
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