Grab a bite to eat between classes at one of our catering outlets

The Barn Café

Opened in January 2014, The Barn Café forms the social hub of the Ambleside campus - a great place to catch up with friends, hold informal meetings or take a break from your studies. Situated in the same building as the library and near to the IT facilities, it’s ideally located to help you make the most of your time on campus.

The Barn’s menu offers a wide range of sandwiches and snacks as awell as excellent tea and coffee and a wide range of cold drinks. Vending facilities are also available outisde of the cafe’s main opening hours.

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30am - 4pm
Wednesday and Friday 8:30am - 2pm

Phone: 015394 31450

The Works

Delicious hot meals, hot and cold snacks and homemade cakes, all freshly prepared on site every day. Vending machines are also available.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

Phone: 01228 592 552

The Cube

Providing a wide range of delicious hot meals, hot and cold snacks and homemade cakes, all freshly prepared on site every day to suit a wide range of tastes and appetities. Eat in or take away!

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 8am - 2pm

Phone: 01228 515 352

Calva Bar

A relaxed café bar environment serving food and drinks. Facilities include widescreen TV, pool table and dartboard. An ideal place to catch up with friends or check your emails using our wifi.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 10am - 10pm

Phone: 01228 515 352

The View

Situated on the top floor of the Gateway building, The View restaurant really lives up to its name, offering spectacular panoramic views across Morecambe Bay to the Lake District hills. A delicious selection of hot and cold food is served daily at breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Whether you're looking for a hearty meal or just a quick bite, The View is an excellent choice.


Café Martineau

Café Martineau is the perfect place to take time out between classes and enjoy fresh ground coffee, speciality teas, chilled beverages, hot savouries, soup, sandwiches, cakes and confectionery items.


Starbucks serves a wide range of coffees, teas, cold drinks and hot and cold snacks. There's something for everyone.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 8.30am-4pm

Phone: 01524 60384

The Conservatory

Need somewhere to catch lunch between lectures? The Conservatory is an on-site café which serves up hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks to keep you going through your studies.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 3pm 


The University of Cumbria is committed to a Fairtrade policy, offering better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

The University Fairtrade Steering Group has created a policy incorporating the following goals:

  • Fairtrade foods are made available for sale in all campus shops.
  • Fairtrade foods are used in all cafés/restaurants/bars on campus. Fairtrade products are currently used extensively across the UoC, with products for sale in the catering outlets and as part of recipes
  • Fairtrade foods are served at all meetings hosted by the university and the SU
  • There is a commitment to campaign for increased Fairtrade consumption on campus
  • We are proactive in promoting Fairtrade throughout the year but in particular supporting Fairtrade Fortnight each year with competitions and prizes
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