Best Breakfast Spots in Ambleside 2023
Looking for a breakfast to kickstart your day in the Lake District? Whether you crave a classic full English or a croissant paired with a hot, locally roasted coffee, you won't have to look far to find something delicious. And if you're staying at Brathay Hall, you're in luck: we're just a short stroll or drive away from some of the best breakfast spots in Ambleside. Fuel up with vegan-friendly options, homemade cakes, and fresh produce sourced from the Cumbrian countryside.
We've put together a guide to the top five breakfast spots in Ambleside and the surrounding areas, so you can indulge in a hearty breakfast before heading out to explore the fells or wander through the beautiful Lake District towns. Even better, our guide is perfect for guests enjoying a room-only stay at Brathay Hall.
Fresher's Cafe (all-day breakfast)
1 mile from Brathay Hall | Opens at 9am
Fresher's Cafe is known for its friendly atmosphere and all-day breakfast options. Whether you're a family, group, couple, or solo traveler, the café offers all-day breakfast options to satisfy your taste buds. Plus, if you prefer soaking up the morning sun, there's ample outdoor seating available. Fresher's Café is the perfect place to start your day off right!
Stiles Coffee Bar
1.2 miles from Brathay Hall | Opens at 9am
Are you someone who can't function without a dose of caffeine in the morning? Then head to Stiles Coffee Bar! They serve some of the best locally roasted coffee from Carvetti Coffee, which is sure to give you the kickstart you need.
Located on the main road in the heart of Ambleside, Stiles Coffee Bar is perfect for a post-breakfast morning walk in Rothay Park.
1.5 miles from Brathay Hall | Opens at 10am
If you're an early bird looking for a scrumptious breakfast to fuel your day, Copper Pot is the place for you! They offer a wide range of delicious breakfast options, from a simple granola to a hearty cooked breakfast with options for veggies, vegans, and meat-eaters.
And if you want to add a little kick to your morning routine, Copper Pot has an excellent selection of brunch cocktails! Be aware, they finish breakfast at 12pm and it can get busy.
The Apple Pie
1.4 miles from Brathay Hall | Opens at 9am
The Apple Pie Bakery is perfect for a quick bite on-the-go or a cozy spot to enjoy a pot of tea and a pastry. Situated in the heart of Ambleside, this iconic spot is a must-visit for foodies. In fact, it was recently named one of the top 10 places to eat in the Lake District for 2023 by The Guardian, so you know it's got to be good!
Chester's By The River
2 miles from Brathay Hall | Opens at 9am
If you're planning a day trip to Coniston or the Langdale Valley then don't forget to stop by Chester's By The River for a delicious homemade breakfast before you head out. Located along the River Brathay, this popular spot is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while savoring (a very large!), homemade vegan pastry.
Chester's By The River is also an amazing spot for lunch! If you're looking for more delicious dining options to explore after breakfast, be sure to check out our other blog for recommendations.
Bonus: Homeground Coffee + Kitchen (Windermere)
5.6 miles from Brathay Hall | Opens at 9am
We couldn't resist adding this to our list - Homeground is a must-visit, especially if you're heading south. This beloved eatery is a local favorite, thanks to its simple yet delicious all-day brunch menu. Using locally baked More? Bakery sourdough, Homeground's dishes are sure to leave you wanting more. Trust us!
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