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  1. amazing latte. visited last week. Shall definately go back.Staff was so friendly and helpfull. A super place to visit.

    (Posted on 2016-03-17 18:47:00 by sue major)
  2. Amazing tea!!!Definitely the best I have ever had in a cafe.Will go there on all my visits to Ambleside.Well done to all who gave me this pleasure.

    (Posted on 2015-06-18 17:21:00 by ian davies)
  3. Mocha is a work of art! Best coffee and walnut cake ever - could actually taste the coffee!

    (Posted on 2014-11-04 17:47:00 by Michael Hale)
  4. “Fabulous coffee”
    I have not had better espresso anywhere, including Italy! The owner is very knowledgeable about tea and coffee and makes every effort to serve the best.

    (Posted on 2014-04-25 12:38:00 by Bgeebe)
  5. “Great little cafe”
    We love this place. My husband and I come to Ambleside several times a year and we always make at least one trip here. The chai lattes are fabulous and I also recommend the millionaires shortbread - best in the lakes.

    (Posted on 2014-04-18 14:47:00 by JoArm1)
  6. “Great coffee, cake, & service”

    Had a great half an hour in this jewel of a café in Ambleside. Coffee was fantastic, as were the toasted sandwiches and the 'Seriously' Ginger Cake (it was!) Really enjoyed chatting to the owner about the reason for the Swiss pictures decorating the walls. Her genuine enthusiasm for delivering great food and service was obvious. We'll definitely be heading back to this Treffpunkt! (Look it up ;) )

    (Posted on 2014-04-18 13:46:00 by Rakearake)
  7. “Visited on a very wet,busy day”
    The staff were extremely accommodating and helpful even though it was a very busy day and was pouring with rain, they welcomed us to their café even though we were dripping wet.

    (Posted on 2014-04-18 14:44:00 by CazzyK2014)
  8. We stopped in here for some lunch during our stay in Lakes. The service and food were of a very high standard. The coffee and cakes were the best we've ever tasted and nothing was to much trouble for the very friendly staff. I highly recommend CAFE TREFF.

    (Posted on 2014-03-20 11:10:00 by Jekyll2000)
  9. “Chocolicious” 12 March 2014 Ambleside is a pretty town and this cafe was a great find with a good selection of food and exceptional coffee and hot chocolate. You order at the counter and we found the service friendly and efficient. Worth a visit.

    (Posted on 2014-03-13 17:33:00 by TortgirlScotland)
  10. 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 16 February

    A fantastic little cafe with a very friendly atmosphere. Excellent service with the best staff I've ever seen. This place is a must on anybodys list when visiting the lake district 10/10

    (Posted on 2014-02-19 15:20:00 by steventruman)
  11. “great coffee and cakes!”
    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 February
    Went there when they were about to close but they kindly offered us a table. It was raining and really cold so we needed a cup of tea with a slice of cake to warm up! the place is really nice and gret customer service. After trying several places in the area, I think is one of the best places to take a cake!

    (Posted on 2014-02-11 17:10:00 by VPerez33)
  12. “Good choice of coffees etc”
    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 February
    The nice folks were able to explain about the good range of coffee beans and teas they have. I was persuaded to try a chai latte...mmmmmm. Nice cakes.

    (Posted on 2014-02-11 17:08:00 by CIMAman)
  13. Called in today for a quick coffee. "Lovely Coffee Shop" Very pleasant atmosphere. Had a chat with the owner who was very friendly. Coffee was great, surroundings pleasant. Nothing to fault at all really.

    (Posted on 2014-01-22 22:16:00 by Justus23)
  14. We visited here twice last weekend, the first time we went the staff were so friendly and helpful. The lady (possibly the owner) made sure our large group could sit together. The food was affordable priced and a good choice. We had 2 lovely lunches there. The jackets were lovely with a fresh salad, the second time I had a panini which was equally good. They had good options for vegetarians too for my brother. He said the veg chilli was delicious. Will def go back again and recommend.

    (Posted on 2014-01-21 21:58:00 by spanner84Preston)
  15. Popped in yesterday for flat white and carrot cake. Both excellent,cant believe i have walked past 100s of times and never gone in. Support your independant coffee shop and give it a try. You wont regret it

    (Posted on 2014-01-20 18:56:00 by snowyman1)
  16. “Excellent Cafe”
    Always always visit this cafe when visiting the lakes. The food is fresh tasty reasonable prices, .
    The coffee is fantastic, wouldnt go anywhere else for a drink. Love it. The staff are smashing, very welcoming and do all they can to accommodate your needs.

    (Posted on 2014-01-02 11:15:00 by anneatthelakes)
  17. Hi, found your lovely coffee shop on a break around the lakes. Simple decor, lovely staff. Food really good with fair prices, the ginger cake is wonderful. Customer bathroom is spotless, well done team.

    (Posted on 2013-06-23 11:35:00 by Rose Southern)
  18. my husband and i visited two weeks ago on a chilly morning, and i saw advertised a "hot smoothie" ooohhh i thought to myself, i will try that...and it was just the job......warming, filling, but felt healthy too...i recommend it


    (Posted on 2013-05-18 14:45:00 by debbiestannard)
  19. “Cafe Treff the Gem of the lakes”

    My wife and I came here a number of times over the recent Easter weekend and had a lovely time. We ordered a white hot chocolate and a hotter chocolate which is hot chocolate with chilli both of which were lovely. We also ordered cakes which for me were the cherry on the top of our experience there. You have to try the cakes.... the Millionaire shortbread is the best I've tasted will be back.

    (Posted on 2013-04-05 13:15:00 by Nathan Bissett)
  20. “Best cafe in Ambleside”
    Reviewed 21 March

    Lovely cafe with very friendly staff. The coffee and the traybakes are not to be missed. When in Ambleside a visit is a must.

    (Posted on 2013-03-22 20:28:00 by dycer128)
  21. “Great coffee friendly service”
    Reviewed 18 March 2013

    Visited with a group of 10 friends. The cafe was busy with a great atmosphere. The service was great. We were served quickly and the staff were friendly and helped us to find the extra seats we needed. The cakes looked great - I didn't try them as I was stuffed from breakfast

    (Posted on 2013-03-20 17:53:00 by Emma G)
  22. My husband, myself and my baby son went here for lunch today. Not only was the food lovely, but when it came time to feed my son they couldn't have been more helpful. Making sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed for a comfortable and stress free experience. We will definitely be going back!!

    (Posted on 2013-03-11 16:36:00 by Suzyhall)
  23. “Perfect” - Although we only popped in for a drink and cake after a walk, everything was perfect. Perfect hot drinks and perfect cakes with a lovely, friendly owner. The only problem is that we daydream of this place when working!

    (Posted on 2013-02-23 16:12:00 by Lancastrians)
  24. “Support the independents!”
    A lovely little cafe offering a good range of food and drink. Support these little independent places or we will end up with only the likes of Costa!

    (Posted on 2013-02-17 18:45:00 by walkingforfun)
  25. I visited the cafe for the first time on sat 26th jan with my sister. The service was really friendly and the food delicious. I had goats cheese and cranberry on muffins which was fab. My sister tried the chai lattes which were gorgeous especially in the heavy snow. Would definitely go back on our next visit

    (Posted on 2013-02-08 21:51:00 by Mexican2)
  26. We were visiting over Christmas, and wanted a cup of coffee while shopping in Ambleside.We walked into Cafe Treff which looked as if it was going to be too busy, but were immediately welcomed and taken to an empty table tucked in a corner. The espressos were perfect - hot (which made a welcome change from the usual), attractively presented in clear tumblers sitting on a saucer with a square of chocolate, wonderful flavour, and served with a glass of water which we've never had anywhere else, and which should always complete the espresso experience. Well done Treff!

    (Posted on 2013-01-07 22:22:00 by Alec M)
  27. Having visted the Cafe Treff on many occasions I now feel we can give an honest opinion.We have never been disapointed with the excellence of service(in spite of the fact it is obviously a very popular venue in the heart of Ambleside) .The choice of `refreshment` be it the numerous hot or cold drinks available or the substantial display of confectionary is exceptional and quite honestly hard to resist. Having also visited Switzerland over the years it is quite obvious where the heart of the Cafe was.There is no doubt this is the perfect location for anyone visiting the Lakes area and re-living a Swiss experience.

    (Posted on 2012-01-04 18:09:00 by Brian & Isobel Steadman)
  28. called in last week for my usual Chai Latte. as ever it was beautiful and worth the money i paid for it. we were staying in Keswick that week and we tried the Square Orange. would you please advise them how to make Chai Latte correctly. not a patch on yours. many thnaks, see you next visit.

    (Posted on 2011-10-23 23:10:00 by john hudson)
  29. Cafe Treff has been my favourite for years now, having tried most of the others and been disappointed. I particularly rate the choice, the freshness of the ingredients and the delicious cakes (especially the organic carrot cake!). There's a nice ambience - especially when it's raining and you can look out of the window from your snug warm corner! You might get a bit squashed when the cafe's full, but I've never had a poor lunch or coffee break here and for that reason, I give it 5 stars.

    (Posted on 2011-10-06 15:15:00 by merrylegs11)
  30. Where do we start..... We've being visiting here for many years and we've always had excellent service, wonderful food but the coffee is the best nero's, costa etc need to be taught the Treff way

    (Posted on 2011-04-03 17:20:00 by Clive & Ann)
  31. Superb coffee, cakes and atmosphere at Caffe Treff!!!
    It is so nice and rewarding knowing that is a proper treat to visit this wonderful cafe which pays so much attention and detail to serve the perfect cappuccino, definately the best I have ever tried!.
    Well done Cafe Treff, cannot wait till my next visit! Thank you for bringing such quality products to Ambleside!

    (Posted on 2011-03-14 15:53:00 by victoria)
  32. The best cappuccino I have ever had! (seriously). The soup and sandwich was top quality and the service friendly. There were so many things on the menu I would have liked to try. Brilliant cafe!! I'll definitely be visiting again. Only problem is, I wish it was nearer London!!

    (Posted on 2011-02-26 09:32:00 by Mike)
  33. What a superb coffee shop, the food is prepared to order (not pre-packed like some places) so you may have to wait but it’s worth it, the staff and nice and friendly, don't miss the mouth-watering cakes and the really super coffee. This coffee shop is a “MUST VISIT” when your next in Ambleside

    (Posted on 2011-02-18 15:54:00 by Sandra)
  34. A must go to for fantastic service, a place that is clearly passionate about their coffee and a warm and friendly vibe

    (Posted on 2011-02-14 17:12:00 by Mike)
  35. This cosy cafe always has a delicious choice of hearty savory foods and desserts.You always get a friendly welcome and service .I can honestly say the food is SO much better quality than lunches at Langdale Chase .Can't wait for the next walk which ends in a visit there !

    (Posted on 2011-01-31 20:32:00 by Pen)
  36. Great cafe in the centre of the village to have a coffee and a cake and watch the world go by. I have found that it is the perfect place start or end to a day out on the fells!

    (Posted on 2011-01-06 16:57:00 by Paul Burke)
  37. There is a lovely cafe in Ambleside called Cafe-Treff, which serves soup, amazing lunches & hot drinks, cakes, etc. The cakes taste just like Belgian ones. Lovely hot chocolate, both dark and white, I highly recommend this cafe.

    (Posted on 2011-01-04 21:12:00 by Archie)
  38. best coffee and cakes in the lakes - yum!

    (Posted on 2011-01-02 15:47:00 by steve cropper)
  39. Outstanding Coffee and Tea Now this place really knows its coffee. Excellent cappuccino served well If tea is your favourite drink checkout the extensive choice, served loose-leaf in glass teapots. Great to find an independent coffee shop that is passionate about their offerings. Check it out on your next trip to Ambleside.

    (Posted on 2010-12-21 23:23:00 by jammyjim)

We fell in love with café culture whilst visiting Switzerland and were inspired by the Swiss obsession for quality produce and service. Our dream was to bring a little bit of the Swiss Alps to the Lake District serving high quality products.....and so Cafe Treff was born.

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