Lucy's on a Plate

Price guide: Mid-range

Compston Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9DJ

Price guide: Mid-range

Lucy’s Specialist Grocers

By David Atkinson, your Ambleside expert

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Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, People watching, Relaxation, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of Lucy's on a Plate

The home of Lucy Nicholson’s Cumbrian food empire.

This bustling café-by-day, restaurant-by-night eatery remains the lynchpin of Lucy’s local-produce-fuelled fiefdom.

Next door is Lucy’s Specialist Grocers, where the business first started in 1989. The Aladdin’s Cave of breads, pastries, chutneys, cheeses and meals-to-go, is perfect to stock up on speciality hampers and gluten-free goodies.

The recent move to new premises follows some consolidation following suggestions that Lucy was spreading her empire too thin.

Food and drink: 

The sprawling menu is peppered with play-on-words entries, such as the Give Us a Strog Fungi and the Trout and About.

Essentially, daytime is lighter meals, pasta, salads and sandwiches, while the evening takes on a more formal bistro style with a menu changing every two days.

Check out the Up the Duff pudding nights – six puddings, a glass of dessert wine and coffee served anytime between 6-9pm. It’s held on the first Wednesday of every month.

Ambience: 

Buzzy and child-friendly by day, more serious foodies at night. The domain of the bon viveur.

Service: 

Service can be slow and the menu itself advises diners to simply relax into the local rhythm.

Location: 

At the heart of Ambleside, one block over from the tourist office.

Other useful branches: 

While deli and restaurant now sit side by side, look out too for the Lucy Cooks cookery school near Kendal, and Lucy4 wine bar in Ambleside.

More information on Lucy's on a Plate:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Café, Deli, Restaurant
Food:
British, Modern, Traditional
Address:
Compston Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9DJ
Telephone:
+44 T01539 432233
Website:
http://lucysofambleside.co.uk
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Lucy's on a Plate: cafe daily 10am-6pm, restaurant 6-9pm; Lucy’s Specialist Grocers: daily 10am-9pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Lucy Nicholson

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