Bowness-on-Windermere, nestled in the heart of the Lake District, lies on the shore of England’s largest lake, Lake Windermere. Renowned for its stunning landscapes and picturesque charm and vibrant town centre, Bowness-on-Windermere is the Lake District’s most popular visitor destination.
If you are visiting the town of Bowness-on-Windermere and are looking for restaurants, this guide is for you!
These restaurants are ranked in no particular order, and it is not an exhaustive list.
An independent family-run fine dining restaurant offers dishes inspired by the area’s local produce and seasonal ingredients. Nestled in a prime location along the cosmopolitan cobbled street, choose a seat in the cosy downstairs area, upstairs in the relaxed restaurant, or when it’s sunny the rooftop terrace is always open.
Cumbrian lamb chump
Set within Linthwaite House Hotel in the picturesque fells above Windermere, Henrock offers a set menu that showcases local, seasonal ingredients, drawing inspiration from flavours and culinary techniques discovered by the team during their global travels. Select three courses from a seasonal menu, complete with introductory snacks, a pre-dessert course, and petit fours, all for a fixed menu price of £75.
Slow cooked pork saddle
The Magic Roundabout
Described as a ‘cafe and coffee shop by day, restaurant and bar by night.’ Enjoy a wide variety of food, from cake and sandwiches to grilled food and nachos, in a relaxed atmosphere with ambient music over two floors.
Smoked haddock linguine
The Angel Inn
Family owned and run, The Angel Inn has the philosophy of offering great service, wonderful food, and a good selection of wines and beers in a relaxed and informal manner. Enjoy classic British food by a crackling fireplace or on their charming garden terrace, offering picturesque views of Lake Windermere.
6oz steak burger
Hyltons Restaurant serves delicious cuts of meat within a warm and cosy atmosphere. Perfectly pair your meal with their global selection of wines. Please note, they exclusively operate on a walk-in basis, and reservations are not available.
12oz sirloin steak
Jintana Thai Restaurant
Decorated with imported Thai furniture, artwork and artefacts, Jintana Thai Restaurant offers a welcoming, relaxed environment to enjoy freshly prepared authentic Thai Cuisine. The menu boasts a wide selection of meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes, all expertly prepared to order by the skilled team of Thai chefs.
The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant
Enjoy a coffee, light lunch or something a little more substantial while you relax with a drink, taking in the view of the boats at Windermere Marina. Indulge in fresh food and fine wine in a contemporary, relaxed and welcoming setting. If you’d like to extend your evening, the bar is open until 23:00.
Chorizo & cider muscles
Boaters Bar is situated on the shore of Lake Windermere offering scenic views across the water. Serving homemade pizza, an extensive variety of craft beer, including some from their own microbrewery, and an impressive assortment list of gins. On weekends, the bar transforms into a lively hub, featuring a diverse lineup of exceptionally skilled vocal artists, comedians, and more for your entertainment.
The Hole in t'Wall
The Hole in t’Wall, is the oldest pub in Bowness, built in 1612. Their menu offers great British home cooked dishes and a wide selection of quality, award-winning real ales. Please note, they do not take bookings online or by the phone.
BAHA brings people together, through food, drink, and entertainment over three floors. Indulge in their mouth-watering menu featuring small plates, steaks, sharing dishes, and sweets inspired by and sourced from the Lake District. Sip on an array of creatively crafted cocktails available throughout the day. Every weekend, BAHA hosts live music performances featuring some of the region’s finest talents, ranging from acoustic pop and rock to dance floor anthems.
BAHA’s signature curry
With terracotta tiles above the kitchen and bar area, and prints of Italy on the walls, you will be transported to the heart of Italy. Trattoria offers Italian food which is prepared to order, with a blend of locally sourced and authentic Italian ingredients, such as their pizza flour from Vesuvius. Their extensive menu includes ciabattas, salads, fresh handmade pizzas, pastas, meat and fish, as well as their homemade desserts, including the timeless favourite, tiramisu.
Tagliatelle al Pollo
The Fizzy Tarté
The Fizzy Tarté is the first luxury champagne and cocktail bar in Bowness, offering the largest range of both luxury and high quality branded champagnes. Enjoy a selection of hot and cold food from delicious patisseries, afternoon teas and sandwiches throughout the day, which can be enjoyed between 12:00 – 17:00.
Bowness-on-Windermere is a popular tourist destination with breathtaking natural landscapes, offering captivating views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding hills. The town’s close proximity to Lake Windermere and the Lake District National Park means you can immerse yourself in a wide range of outdoor activities.
Windermere is a town that is situated northwards towards Lake Windermere. It is approximately 1.25 miles from Lake Windermere itself. Comparatively, Bowness-on-Windermere is located on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere and will take no more than 5 to 10 minutes to walk to Lake Windermere.
Bowness-on-Windermere has a variety of shops selling a range of souvenirs, local products, clothing, art, and more. Some popular shops include Roly’s Fudge, Herdy and The Lakes Gallery.