Located just a short distance away from the spectacular Stock Ghyll Force, FRC café and terrace is a destination for visitors to Ambleside. This charming café has opened its doors to welcome walkers, their families and their dogs. Whether you are strolling up to visit the waterfalls, or on a longer hike over Wansfell, up to Kirkstone or beyond, a welcome awaits. Please note that, as a café catering to walkers, we do not offer car parking, with the exception of two accessible parking bays.

Coffee at Force Cafe Ambleside

FRC café is open every day for breakfast, brunch and lunch coffee, tea and cakes. We serve barista coffee from Cumbrian roasters, Carvetti, a wide range of teas and soft drinks, with local ales and a small but perfectly formed choice of wines and spirits. Twice a week during the season, we open for wood-fired pizza nights on the terrace (booking is essential) and we will be hosting monthly evening talks from some of our local celebrities.

Stock Ghyll Force

We aim to offer a unique customer experience, top quality dishes made with locally sourced ingredients from some of the many quality suppliers we have in the area, along with freshly baked bread, cakes, and pastries. We also have a small shop that stocks a range of locally sourced gifts and mementos. We aim to be a force for good, donating 1% of our turnover to charities that are involved in climate change and regenerative leadership - Tythe.org.

We are looking for...

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We’re on the lookout for a Commis Chef to help us create a fantastic experience for our customers and help this dynamic business reach its full potential. If you are looking for the opportunity to help shape a brand-new business that has one of the best views you’ll find in the lakes, we’re here! Lovers of the outdoors & great coffee – a bonus!

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As a Chef de Partie, you will work with the Head Chef to create menus and daily specials, manage food cost and inventory, and ensure high standards of food quality and storage. You must lead by example, adapt to changes and new ideas, and comply with applicable health codes and regulations.

How to find Force Cafe - Map

Café Opening Times

Monday – Sunday 1Oam – 5.OOpm. Hot food finishes at 4.OOpm
Pizza evenings on Friday and Saturday evenings during the Summer (booking essential)
Special events by arrangement.


There is no parking available on site for café customers.
Limited accessible parking is available near to the entrance.


Well behaved dogs are welcome in the café and on the terrace.
Please keep dogs on a lead. Thank you.


Please note we do not take bookings for breakfast or lunch.
We have a spacious terrace and plenty of seats inside, our host will seat you on arrival.
For special events and pizza evenings, bookings are essential.