The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the UK and has so much to offer visitors. From quaint little English villages, to rolling hills and spectacular lake views, there is something for everyone. Most visitors come here to experience the outdoors, perhaps hike the highest mountain in the UK, or just ramble along the extensive walking trails. The area lends itself well to those who like to travel with their dog, and has lots of dog friendly restaurants and hotels! Right in the heart of The Lake District lies the beautiful small town of Ambleside, a favourite place among tourists who wish to base themselves in the Lake District. With the close proximity to the head of the lake, and great walking trails around, there are plenty of things to do in Ambleside. The town itself has a whole host of dog friendly restaurants and cafes, so if bringing your pooch on holiday is on your agenda, read on to find out the best dog friendly restaurants in Ambleside!
Nestled down “The Slack”, a small back street in the town centre, Sheila’s has been around for years. This cute little tea room by day and restaurant by night welcomes dogs and humans alike! The food is no nonsense, locally sourced and English inspired. During the day you will find offerings such as soups and sandwiches, and scones with jam and cream. In the evening it is all about hearty meals which are served with steaming veg on the side. A great choice for those looking to have a real restaurant meal and take their pooch with them.
The Lily Bar
Not strictly a restaurant, however this bar serves great food and also a solid selection of local ales on draft. During the week it is a lovely quiet place to bring the dog and enjoy some decent food, however at later on a Friday or Saturday night it can get a bit loud if you are hoping for a quiet meal. Service is always friendly, and they do a great value early bird menu.
Chester’s by the River
Not strictly a restaurant, but deserves a mention. This riverside cafe is just a short drive or walk from Ambleside but is worth the effort! Staff are always very welcoming towards dogs and there are treats and water stations hanging around. The cafe itself is fully vegetarian, but food is so good it can entice even the most die hard meat eaters. Cakes are displayed along with fresh salads, and are always good! There is also the opportunity to takeaway home made bread and other tasty treats. Be aware that during peak times, queues can be out the door for tables here!
The Fulling Mill
This recently refurbished bar and restaurant occupies an old 15th century building and certainly has character. It was once a working mill, and many various bits of machinery have been retained. Classic British dishes using fresh local produce are the usual fare, and the dog will certainly feel at home if the sun is shining and you can grab a space in the courtyard outside, otherwise they are welcome in the restaurant!
A fairly new cafe in Ambleside, but quickly has become a firm favourite among locals and visitors. This cosy little cafe has cute decor and beautiful food. There are a few tables inside, dog friendly of course, and a little courtyard. The food here not only tastes great, but is always presented well, think quirky bowls and jam jars etc! A great place to spend a few hours, as there is always an old movie playing on a big projection screen!
This cafe may well be the most dog friendly in Ambleside. They actually offer towels to dry your dog with! Whilst the food and drink here is never going to be innovative or ground breaking, they do decent food at wonderfully inexpensive prices. All day breakfasts, paninis and jacket potatos are all on the menu, plus they double as an ice cream parlour. Simple yet effective is the best way to describe Stiles!
Also offering dog friendly accomodation, the bar and restaurant in the Wateredge Inn offers some great value food and a relaxed atmosphere. Check with staff when you wish to dine, as dogs are welcome but only in certain areas. If the sun is out, then head to the beer garden for your dinner and enjoy views over Lake Windermere.
The Apple Pie
Only open during the day, and actually more of a cafe, The Apple Pie still deserves a mention! They serve great breakfasts for a very reasonable price and dogs are welcome both inside and in the small courtyard. It is also a great pitstop for those wishing to take a picnic up the fells as they do some great takeaway options.
Have you tried any of these dog friendly restaurants in Ambleside? Let me know in the comments!