The 'Bluebird' cafe is situated on the shore of Coniston Water in the Cumbrian Lake District. Originally, the building was installed by the Furness Railway Company in about 1860 as accommodation for the crew of the S. Y, Gondola, an attraction which operated on the Lake in Victorian days.


Subsequently, and as frequented by Donald Campbell and Tonia Berne during his speed record attempts, the proprietors; Phil and Judith Dixon adapted the name and have built up their Café business from about 1982.



Coniston Water - view South



Named after Donald Campbell's boat, Bluebird K7. The Bluebird Café by the Lake is situated on the shore of Coniston Water in the Cumbrian Lake District. Proprietors Phil and Judith Dixon have run the café business since 1982.


Close by is the Coniston Boating Centre, from where you may hire boats, the Coniston Launch and the National Trust's S.Y Gondola which sails daily on the Lake.  You may enjoy spectacular views of the Brantwood Estate and Grizedale Forest from the shores of the lake or from either of these venues which look across the lake over the east side. 


There is a wide range of Campbell and Bluebird memorabilia to be found at the café and on their website, for which we have provided links below.  Also on offer is a selection of good food and beverages including a beers and wines.








The Bluebird Café, Lake Road, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AN


Phone : 015394 41649     Email :



Summer Season:  The café is open 7 days a week February to November, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Winter Season:  December and January to mid-February open Saturday & Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. only.  It's worth telephoning to avoid disappointment.




Coniston Water - view North






LAKE DISTRICT LINKS:    The Raising of the Bluebird Project site.     Coniston Boating Centre             Coniston Launch   Steam Yacht Gondola   Ruskin Museum      Lakes tourist website      Lakes tourist website.     Bed & Breakfast in Coniston     Publisher of UK & European guidebooks, heritage & sports books    Chocolate Shop in Kirkby Lonsdale  Waterhead Country Guest House                 Cutlery & catering equipment store   Lakeland & Dales Cottages of quality & character sleeping 2 to 30




Please note:  We are in no way connected to the Bluebird Cafe, but we are pleased to include them on our website for those interested in all things Bluebird and as part of our information service.











Spindles of Coniston

Chef proprietors Stefan and Kay Forsgardh serve light lunches plus early evening meals. 'Spindles Pizza Parlour' offers take-away traditional pizzas, filled baguettes and cold drinks. From lunch until late!

Lake Road, Coniston.

Tel: +44(0)15394 41256




Village Pantry

Internet & E-Mail Facilities

Cakes, Bread, Pies, Filled Rolls and Sandwiches. All Cumbrian produce. Jacket potatoes and hot drinks .

Also public computer for Internet use.
Yewdale Road

Tel +44 (0)15394 41155


Lakeland House

Internet & E-Mail Facilities

Tea Rooms, Licensed Restaurant and Guest House.

Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston. LA21 8ED MAP

Tel: +44(0)15394 41303


Satterthwaite Refreshment Rooms

Licensed Cafe/Restaurant.

Yewdale Road, Coniston LA21 8DU MAP

Tel: +44(0)15394 41389


Meadowdore Bakery, Cafe & Gift Shop

Breakfasts, Lunches, Teas, freshly baked pies, cakes and bread to eat in or take away.

Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston. LA21 8ED MAP

Tel: +44(0)15394 41638


Coniston Dairy Tea Room

Home baking freshly made each day. All day breakfast our speciality, light lunches and afternoon teas. Sandwiches to take-away. Open daily 0900-1730

Tilberthwaite Avenue, Coniston LA21 8ED MAP

Tel: +44(0)15394 41176


Jumping Jenny at Brantwood

Coffee House and Licensed Restaurant. Delicious meals served all day

Brantwood (East side of Lake), Coniston LA21 8AD MAP

Tel: +44(0)15394 41715


Bluebird Cafe

A cafe on the Lake's edge (next to the Boating Centre). Fantastic home made cakes and mouth watering summer salads.

Lake Rd, Coniston. LA21 8AN MAP

Tel: +44(0)15394 41649

Fax: +44(0)15394 41649



Crown Hotel

Country Hotel situated in the centre of the village. Offering a warm and homely atmosphere with good food served all day and traditional Real ales.

Central Coniston  LA21 8ED MAP

Tel. +44(0)15394 41243

Fax. +44(0)15394 41804



Ship Inn

Home cooked food. Cosy atmosphere.

Bowmanstead, Coniston GB LA21 8HB MAP

Tel. +44(0)15394 41224



Sun Hotel & Inn

Family run Hotel close to village centre, with large garden and fell views. Restaurant open to non-residents. En-suite rooms most with good views.Traditional good home cooked food .

Coniston GB LA21 8HQ MAP

Tel: +44 (0) 15394 41248

Fax: +44 (0) 15394 41219



Arrowfield Country Guest House

Afternoon teas
Little Arrow near Torver, Coniston

Tel. +44(0)15394 41741


Waterhead Hotel

(P & T Classic Hotel) Set exclusively on the banks of Coniston Water with direct access to the lake. The hotel offers comfortable Bars and Lounges, superb accommodation and one of the lake's best renowned Restaurants. two minutes outside Coniston on the Hawkshead Road.

Waterhead, Coniston. GB LA21 8AJ MAP

Tel: +44(0)15394 41244


The Church House Inn



14th Century Inn. Beer garden. Accommodation. children welcome.

The Church House Inn, Torver, Nr. Coniston,Cumbria GB LA21 8AZ. MAP

Tel. +44(0)15394 41282



The Blacksmiths Arms

"The quintessential English Country Pub". A free house since 1748. A selection of real ale from local breweries. Meals. Families welcome. Featured in the Good Pub Guide 98, 99, 2000.
Broughton Mills,
Broughton in Furness

Tel: +44 (0) 1229 716824

The only pub in Cumbria to feature in the CAMRA Outstanding Heritage Guide.



Yewdale Hotel

Family-run Hotel; Bar Meals available all day; Restaurant in evening, Children's Menu; En suite Accommodation; RAC 2 Star, AA 2 Star, ETB 3 Crowns.

Yewdale Road, Coniston GB LA21 8DU  MAP


Tel. +44(0)15394 41280

Fax. +44(0)15394 41871





Wilson Arms

Rooms and Evening menu

Torver Coniston GB LA21 8BB  MAP


Tel. +44(0)15394 41237

Fax: +44(0)15394 41590






The Lake District - Coniston Water




South Lakeland District Council

The Lake District National Park Authority

Voluntary Wardens in the Lake District

Central & Southern Lake District & its Peninsulas

Tony Richards Photo Gallery (Lakeland Pictures)

The Ruskin Museum

Cumbria County Council

Coniston Parish Council

Broughton In Furness Website

Duddon Valley Website

An independant directory of Cumbrian Villages

British Hill walking Leaders Certificate (BHLC )

Mountain Training Consultancy.




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