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    • Qype User funkyf…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 5 friends
    • 30 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    12/2/2009

    Wilfs cafe is the BEST CAFE in the WORLD!! O.K O.K i hear you shout. But it is the food is plentiful and a great price Wilf's veggie Chili will sort you out after a long cycle or a heavy night on the town.

    The postion by the river is breathtaking and next door there is a brewery what more could you want.

    There is also special nights you can go as well top notch

    • Qype User vou…
    • Sedbergh, Cumbria
    • 4 friends
    • 62 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Wilf's is a legendary cafe in the Staveley industrial estate. It has a lovely riverside setting in an old mill and has a huge interior with room for many tables on more than one level. On a sunny day the best place to sit is outside on the terrace overlooking the river.
    The food is very tasty here and it's all healthy wholesome fare at reasonable prices. The salads are very good and you get plenty! Service is friendly and fairly efficient although at very busy times you might need to wave at the waiter or waitress so they can find you.

    • Qype User jolene…
    • Biggar, South Lanarkshire
    • 2 friends
    • 46 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    This is my favourite place to eat in Windermere. Wilf's is apparently legendary and if it is then it certianly deserves the status.

    It's a little on the pricey side but that is to be expected for any eatery in a busy tourist area and I would say it's no more expensive than others in the vicinity.

    The premises are clean, tidy, well staffed, spacious and generally a joy to sit in. There is enough privacy to enjoy a meal with your friends without feeling overlooked too.

    Onto the food. It's good wholesome food. The cafe seems to be popular with walkers and the meals certainly would help them gather enough energy for the rest of the day. Portion sizes are generous for both food and drinks.

    Car parking is limited and sometimes a bit hairy as the spaces aren't marked and can be left tight.

    Overall an excellent eatery, where everyone is welcome.

    • Qype User umdiec…
    • Clitheroe, Lancashire
    • 9 friends
    • 201 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    16/10/2009

    Seriously good cafe in a quaint location, next to Wheelbase and providing a great base for routes around the local Cumbrian hills. Perfect stop off for a tired, hungry cyclist! Renting the building out for evening functions has been fun in the past too. Recommended!

    • Qype User jfs2…
    • Canterbury, Kent
    • 3 friends
    • 21 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    18/8/2009

    Visited for lunch with local friends whilst on holiday in the area. This cafe is definitely off the tourist trail, in a business/retail development, and frequented mostly by locals who all seem to know each other. It shares a building with a micro-brewery, and you can buy beer by entering the bar through a connecting door. You have to queue to order meals and non-alcoholic drinks, which are then delivered to your table without much delay. The relaxed eating areas are on 2 levels, nicely decorated, overlooking the river Kent. There is a variety of food, from sandwiches to hot meals, with plenty of choice for vegetarians. The portions are quite modest in size, but OK for a quick lunch.

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Wilfs Cafe is a friendly cafe and outside catering business located in Staveley Mill Yard, nr Kendal in the Lake District. Difficult to find and not obvious even when you get into The Mill Yard, Wilf's Café deserves to be found for all sorts of reasons.... Based in the old Bobbin Loft with some of the old line workings still in place, we have traditional seating plus a cosy sofa area inside plus decking over looking the river Kent for warmer days. The Café offers great breakfasts, daily specials including meaty, veggie and fishy dishes, home-made cakes and afternoon teas. The menu offers good wholesome, value for money meals that are all cooked on the premises. Local ingredients & specialities are used including free range eggs from a local farm.

Linked to the Hawkshead Beer Hall both are available to hire in the evening, separately or together for an excellent party venue.

With plenty of parking, it's worth the search!

History

Established in 1991.

'Wilf's' was originally a café above an Outdoor shop in Ambleside, run by Iain Williamson, generally known as Wilf from a school days' nickname. It gained widespread popularity amongst outdoor enthusiasts.

A chance discussion amongst friends, including Charlotte Webb, resulted in a trial appearance at an Orienteering event over in Eskdale selling a basic menu to the competitors. It was a success. The popularity for 'Wilf's' food at events grew and with the closing of the original café by the owners of the shop, Wilf and Charlotte became business partners and put all their energies into developing the event catering, which went from strength to strength.

Keen to open a new café and open up new opportunities for expanding the business, here we are! Tucked away at the back of the Mill Yard, many said it wouldn't work but we perservered. The Café has really taken off as has the rest of the yard.

The Event business was sold last year to concentrate on the still growing Café.