Lucy's on a Plate

Address: Compston Road, Ambleside, LA22 9DJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 T01539 432233

- Mid-range

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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.

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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.

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • People watching
  • Relaxation
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

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