Guide to the Lake District - Windermere Food & Drink

Food & Drink


Windermere is the largest natural lake not just in the Lake District, but in all of England, and has
been one of the country's most popular tourist destinations ever since the railways first arrived
in 1847.

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Hole in t'Wall, Bowness-on-Windermere

Split-level rooms, exposed wooden beams, flagstones - this pub has all you want in a traditional watering hole. Of course, it also boasts a huge selection of fine local ales.

The Queens Pub, Windermere

A family-run pub which has been serving since the 1730s, the Queens is traditional, cosy and informal - the perfect place for a quiet and refreshing drink in Windermere.

The Golden Rule, Ambleside

If real ale is your thing, then stop in at The Golden Rule in Ambleside. It has more CAMRA Good Beer Guide entries than any other pub in Cumbria, and it's all about sitting in pleasant surroundings with a nice quiet drink - ideal for the tired walker.

The Riflemans Arms, Kendal

The Rifleman's Arms in on the outskirts of Kendal and is a beautiful village-green-style pub, with a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere. A good selection of drinks is available and Thursday night is folk night, if you fancy some evening music.

Watermill Inn, Ings

In the village of Ings you'll find the beautiful Watermill Inn, where the award-winning beer is actually crafted at the on-site brewery. Cosy rooms and log fires are perfect for a winter warmer, while the attractive outdoor seating area is a great place to sit back and enjoy the view on sunnier days.

Country Comforts,

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Cafes and Tearooms

Brambles, Windermere

Brambles is a delicious little café in Windermere with a simple philosophy: high-quality fresh food and drinks served in a friendly atmosphere. It achieves just that, too, and there is outdoor seating for those fond of an al fresco bite.

Café Italia, Windermere

An elegant corner coffee shop perfect for a quick espresso in the sun, it also does a fine selection of cakes. You can even try one of Café Italia's excellent range of cocktails, if the mood takes you.

Rattle Gill, Ambleside

The Rattle Gill Café is quirky and homely, like being served in someone's country kitchen. Enjoy a fine range of sandwiches for a pick-me-up lunch, or relax in mid-afternoon with tea and cake.

The 2 Sisters Café, Kendall

Situated on the edge of the National Park is The 2 Sisters Café, a quaint farm shop and tearoom, which serves excellent lunches and snacks, as well as beautiful afternoon teas by a roaring fire.



New Moon, Kendal

The New Moon mixes British and European influences to create some truly interesting and enjoyable dishes, and the presentation is exquisite - you might not be able to bring yourself to eat it!

Hooked, Windermere

Hooked is a specialist in seafood, serving everything from moules mariniere and whitebait to swordfish and monkfish. The restaurant is small and intimate and the prices very reasonable for the standard of food on offer.

Mojos Bistro, Windermere

Mojos Bistro is an elegant yet not overly fussy dining experience, with a strong menu or simple yet well-crafted dishes that include a nice mix of fresh seafood and meats. There is also an a la carte menu.

Francines, Windermere

If you like your meals served with a flourish, then Francines, which boasts dishes that are often too attractive to eat, is a good place to try. The menu is small and the dishes relatively simple, yet there is clearly great care taken to provide plenty of tasty options. Prices are reasonable but there is also a cheaper set menu.

Lakeside Hotel, Newby Bridge

Perhaps the best feature of this restaurant is the view. Sitting right on the shores of Windermere, it provides the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. The food is excellent, too and if you're in a group you don't need to worry about bill-splitting - it's a set fee of £42 for three courses.

Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge

The Swan Hotel boasts a huge menu of pub favourites, featuring everything from duck to mullet to sweetcorn, carrot and feta fritters. There is also an excellent afternoon tea menu, as well a host of sandwiches and flatbreads.

Fellinis, Ambleside

Fellinis is a vegetarian restaurant specialising in Mediterranean cuisine. It's well worth a look even if you're not a vegetarian, thanks to the interesting and innovative food combinations. There is also a cinema too, showing modern releases and arthouse classics.


Fine Dining

Cedar Manor, Windermere

The menu at Cedar Manor is small but extremely impressive. There are not many places in the Lake District where you can try something like chilled cucumber and horseradish gazpacho with crab salad, or tea-smoked duck breast served pink with pak choi and potato pave. The wine list is also impressive and features some choice bottles.

Castle Dairy, Kendall

Described as "fine dining with a modern twist", the Castle Dairy is home to dishes such as pan-roasted coley and seared wood pigeon. It's not a big menu, but the quality means you're sure to find something to tickle those taste buds.


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