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. Although predominately catering to walkers, we do offer limited car parking onsite, along with 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.

Join us for...

a first-rate


Whether you’re stocking up for the day with our Full Force Breakfast, or looking for a sweet start with the French Toast, we’ve got you covered. Paired with the exceptional Carvetii Coffee, we do Brunch the right way.

a top-notch


From our exceptional Shepherd’s Pie to the ever-reliable Avocado on Toast, there’s something for everyone at Force. Soups, Burgers, Curries, all made with local ingredients to the highest standard.

How to find Force Cafe - Map

Café Opening Times

1O-5 (weekdays), 9-5 (weekends). Hot food served until 3.45pm
Pizza evenings on Friday and Saturday evenings during the Summer (booking essential)
We can cater for any dietary requirements. Please speak to a member of our team upon your arrival.


Limited car parking available onsite, along with two accessible parking bays.


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.

Events & Private Hire

Special events by arrangement. Please contact us at [email protected]