Eating Out

There are lots of places to eat all within a few minutes walking distance of Brantholme, and it doesn’t have to be fine dining every night. There’s plenty of choice from gourmet restaurants to fish and chips, bar snacks and takeaways. Chinese, Indian, Italian and Thai are available to tickle your palette and suit your pocket. Here are some of our favourites:

For Lunch

Cafe Treff ZefferellisThe Fulling Mill Bar & Bistro , Dodd’s, The Apple Pie, Stile’s, Daisy’s Cafe, Bilbo’s Cafe & Rattle Gill Cafe. The YHA and Chesters by the River are a walk away but worth it!

Evening Meal

ZefferellisDodd’sSheilas Cottage The Fulling Mill Bar & Bistro, Matthew’s Bistro, Tarantella’s, The Priest Hole, The Old Stamp House, Jintana (Thai), Doi Intanon (also Thai), Spice of Bengal, Lake Road Kitchen to name a few. All within walking distance of our Ambleside B&B.

For the vegetarians and vegans out there Zefferellis, Rattle Gill Cafe and Chester’s by the River are all fully vegetarian and have vegan options too.

There are also a fantastic range of sandwich shops & takeaways just a short walk away and two fish and chip shops, one just at the end of the road.

Leisure Time

Walking – There are so so many walks on our doorstep. Our favourite walks are featured on our dogs page.

Swimming –  We’re lucky to have swimming centres and leisure pools close to our bed and breakfast in Ambleside, including Keswick Leisure Pool and Askham Outdoor Swimming Pool. Of course, if you’re brave enough, you could always try a dip in one of the beautiful lakes that the Lake District is famous for! If you’d like some advice on where best to swim, including the quieter lakes, find out more here.

Cinema & Music – If you would like some evening entertainment Ambleside is lucky to have two fantastic cinemas, Zefferellis and Fellinis, both with Vegetarian restaurants. Both are within a 5 minute stroll from our front door.

Between Zefferellis and Fellinis there are 5 cinema screens with state of the art Dolby® Digital technology, 2 of which have Dolby® 3D capability. The cinema shows the latest movies and selected Art House films and was voted best independent cinema 2007 RAAM and included in The Guardian top 10 best independent cinemas 2010. To find out what’s on click here >>

Zefferelllis also has an upstairs Jazz bar and cafe with live music on every week. To find out more about up and coming shows click here >>

Fun for Kids

Apart from the children’s play area and Rothay Park being a stones throw from our front door and Lake Windermere being a short walk away, there are lot’s of other child friendly activities in the area. Here are just a few:

Brockhole – Just a 10 minute drive away (or you can go by boat!) Brockhole is an excellent family day out where you can enjoy indoor or outdoor play areas, beautiful gardens, treetop treks and exhibitions. They also have a cafe with stunning views over lake Windermere and a shop selling locally sourced products.

The World of Beatrix Potter – If your children enjoy Beatrix Potter books then they will love this place. The tales are brought to life  and they can meet all of their favourite characters and dine in the Beatrix Potter themed tearoom.

The Ambleside Climbing Wall – For those little adventurers there is a great local climbing wall.

South Lakes Safari Zoo – Safari on foot and explore the animal kingdom. Come face to face with and discover Rhinos, Lions, Tigers, Bears, Hippos, Wolves, Snow leopards, Jaguar, Giant otters, Primates, Vultures, Penguins and much, much more at the UK’s most interactive animal park and Europe’s only Safari Zoo.

The National Trust – There are a few great National Trust sites around where you can have some great family days out. Our favourites are Allan Bank, an old house overlooking Grasmere with a painting room, toy room and extensive gardens and Wray Castle, with it’s outside adventure playground, lakeside walks and inside dressing up and castle building.

Go Ape  – Fancy a tree top adventure, we have a local Go Ape for you to visit which also offers the new Forest Segway Experience at Grizedale Forest.

Don’t forget that some of our rooms and our suite can be converted into family rooms, give us a call to find out more.