The best places to eat in Bowness and Windermere holiday cottages

The best places to eat in Bowness and Windermere

Lucy 13 April 2021

Windermere village and its neighbouring town of Bowness-on-Windermere are two of the most popular destinations in the Lake District. They're surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, have easy access to Lake Windermere, and are close to plenty of attractions to fill your days. Not only that, but they have lots of fabulous places to eat: restaurants, cafes, bars... you name it. 

So don't worry about where to eat tonight in Bowness or Windermere: we've got you covered with this guide!




Tapios serves authentic homemade tapas alongside Spanish beers, wines and ciders, and lives according to the mantra 'mi casa es su casa'. As well as tapas and delicious paella, they also have a range of amazing sandwiches and tasty desserts. 

  • Location: Crescent Road, Windermere
  • Contact: 015394 22242
  • Dog-friendly? No

The Angel Inn

With tall windows, a roaring open fire, and logs stacked up in the nooks, The Angel Inn is a modern restaurant with a sprinkling of character. The colourful seating and bright dining room make this a cheerful place for a meal, with a menu that offers sweet and simple food with no fuss.

  • Location: Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Contact: 015394 44080
  • Dog-friendly? Yes

The Easy Breeze

Whisky and piano

Located up a cobbled street just off Windermere's lakeshore, The Easy Breeze is a multi-award-winning piano bar and cafe with live music nights on weekends and tasty food served all week. As its name implies, it's a real easy-going place for you to enjoy a light bite or a cheesy pizza.

  • Location: Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Contact: 015394 88211
  • Dog-friendly? Yes

Lake Raj

Curries, naans and aloo gobi - if you love Indian food then you'll love Lake Raj! This contemporary restaurant serves only the highest quality traditional Indian food alongside top-rated service. It also has a kids’ menu and offers a takeaway for extra convenience.

  • Location: Longlands Road, Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Contact: 01539 445900
  • Dog-friendly? No

The Crafty Baa

Beers beside an open fire

With an open fire, knick-knacks dotted around, exposed stone walls, and the resident skeleton 'Baalbert Spinestein', The Crafty Baa is a quirky and cosy place for a meal or a drink. Family-run, it's a previous winner of The AA's Best Pub of the Year in England award, and serves homey, warming food alongside good beers.

  • Location: Victoria Street, Windermere
  • Contact: 015394 88002
  • Dog-friendly? Yes


There's something fishy going on at Hooked - and we mean that in the best possible way! Serving fresh, sustainable seafood in a friendly atmosphere, Hooked is a bistro restaurant on the outskirts of Windermere. It's a small restaurant and immensely popular, so make sure you book ahead.

  • Location: Ellerthwaite Square, Windermere
  • Contact: 015394 48443
  • Dog-friendly? No

Urban Food House

Boasting urban food and rural charm, Urban Food House is a restaurant that's environmentally conscious. Around 90% of their furniture and fittings are made from recycled material, and much of their food is from local producers. With a simple but delicious menu, the focus here is on relaxed dining and good food.

  • Location: Lake Road, Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Contact: 015394 54345
  • Dog-friendly? Yes

The Flying Pig Pub

Burger and beer

This traditional English pub excels in good-quality food and ales. Just a stone's throw from the shores of Windermere, The Flying Pig boasts a relaxed atmosphere and reasonably priced meals in generous portions. From cheesy burgers to amazing steaks, you'll leave with a full belly!

  • Location: Rayrigg Road, Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Contact: 01539 423023
  • Dog-friendly? Yes

The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant

Enjoy a calm and tranquil meal or drink overlooking the boats bobbing on Windermere Marina. Serving delicious, unfussy food, The Boathouse is the place to go in Bowness if you're looking for a relaxed and informal meal in a stunning location. 

  • Location: Windermere Marina Village, Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Contact: 015394 22785
  • Dog-friendly? Yes

The Tilly

Pigs in blankets

Bright and cheerful, The Tilly serves innovative food that is centred around 'the humble hog'. With a delightful-sounding menu that includes pigs in blankets, pig feast pizza and slow-roasted suckling pig, there's something for every pork-lover. And it's all locally sourced! They also have a good choice of non-pork meals, too, so your whole party can enjoy it.

  • Location: Crescent Road, Windermere
  • Contact: 01539 234010 (please call after 10am)
  • Dog-friendly? No

House of Siam

Excellent and authentic Thai food is what's on offer at House of Siam. Take a break from the UK and go on an Asian taste journey in this welcoming restaurant with its vaulted ceiling and beautiful decor.

  • Location: Grosvenor Terrace, Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Contact: 015394 22412
  • Dog-friendly? No

The Magic Roundabout

Scones and tea

With a restaurant, gin bar and cafe, The Magic Roundabout offers up good pub grub in a quirky setting. You could eat all your meals here, too, as they serve breakfast right through to dinner, including afternoon tea. Evening drinks are served at their well-stocked bar, and excellent vegetarian food is available. You won't be disappointed.

  • Location: Queens Square, Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Contact: 015394 43535
  • Dog-friendly? No

Porto Restaurant

This family-run fine dining restaurant is ideal if you're looking for somewhere extra special. Porto Restaurant holds an AA rosette for food quality and has loads to offer. Down in the bar, you can watch the chefs at work, or head up to the sun terrace for a summer-evening drink. If you're out for a romantic meal, get in early to eat on the Juliette balcony.

  • Location: Ash Street, Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Contact: 015394 48242
  • Dog-friendly? Yes


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