Eating and Drinking in Windermere

As part of the breathtaking Lake District, Windermere is an incredibly popular destination, partly due to the natural beauty that can be found in the town. With so many sights to be enjoyed, it is easy to forget that there is more to this location than stunning scenery.

However, the town is packed full with restaurants, pubs, bars and cafés that rival the excellence of the natural wonders of the area.

We have spent time compiling a list of some of the most popular places to eat and drink in Windermere using reviews from TripAdvisor, making it a little easier for you when you choose to explore Windermere.

The Crafty Baa

Budget: £
Website: www.facebook.com/The-Crafty-Baa-1566670756946349  
Distance from Windermere Marina Village: 9 minute drive or 46 minute walk

This quirky restaurant/bar may be small, but sure is mighty! The Crafty Baa specialises in craft ales and beers from around the world, as well as food slates filled with items such as breads, cheeses and charcuterie meats. This is a particularly popular place to visit, so be prepared to battle the crowds!

Brambles Tea Rooms and Café

Budget: £
Website: bramblestearoom.co.uk  
Distance from Windermere Marina Village: 8 minute drive or 44 minute walk

This tea room offers a cosy and homely feel with food and drinks at particularly reasonable prices. With everything from breakfasts to cakes, this quaint tea shop has something for everyone. There are plenty of books and children’s toys at hand that can make this a good stop-off for families whilst exploring Windermere.

The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant

Budget: ££ - £££
Website: www.theboathouse-windermere.co.uk
Distance from Windermere Marina Village: Onsite

If you’re staying at Windermere Marina Village, The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant is right on your doorstep. With a spectacular view of Windermere marina and an excellent menu, this is popular for our guests as well as others visiting the area. Everybody is welcome at The Boathouse including children and well-behaved dogs.

The Brown Horse Inn

Budget: ££ - £££
Website: www.thebrownhorseinn.co.uk
Distance from Windermere Marina Village: 6 minute drive or 48 minute walk

This cosy restaurant is set in a 1850’s coaching inn which is beautifully decorated to give a rustic and traditional feel. The menu features a modern interpretation of traditional meals such as fish and chips and toad in the hole.

Choccobar

Budget: ££ - £££
Website: www.choccobar.co.uk   
Distance from Windermere Marina Village: 4 minute drive or 22 minute walk

Calling all chocoholics! Choccobar offers a selction of drinks, light bites and desserts, many of which featuring plenty of chocolate. You can even buy a flask full of hot chocolate to take away with you as you enjoy a walk in Windermere.

Gilpin Spice

Budget: ££ - £££
Website: gilpinspice.co.uk
Distance from Windermere Marina Village: 2 minute drive or 17 minute walk

This new restaurant seeks to follow the spice trail of the silk road, bringing the unique flavours to Windermere. The menu is unique and the restaurant is modern, stylish and rather beautiful. With a Michelin Star under his belt, Executive Chef, Hrishikesh Desai is a spice expert.

Homeground Coffee and Kitchen

Budget: ££ - £££
Website: www.facebook.com/homegroundcafe
Distance from Windermere Marina Village: 7 minute drive or 43 minute walk

Homeground is a stylish coffee shop and kitchen, offering breakfast and breakfast foods. It is the perfect choice for just a quick light bite or something a little more substantial to get your day started off in the best way.

The Village Inn

Budget: ££ - £££
Website: www.villageinnbowness.co.uk
Distance from Windermere Marina Village: 3 minute drive or 18 minute walk

This grill and bar specialises in delicious meat dishes that combine classic meals with new combinations. The bar also serves over 30 different vodkas as well as everything from cocktails to real ales.

Wateredge Inn

Budget: ££- £££
Website: www.wateredgeinn.co.uk
Distance from Windermere Marina Village: 15 minute drive or 50 minute boat ride on the lake

This inn is on the lake front at the top of Lake Windermere, giving spectacular views as you dine. With locally-sourced dishes and seasonal specials, you can expect fresh, tasty meals at Wateredge Inn.

Porto Restaurant

Budget: ££££
Website: www.porto-restaurant.co.uk
Distance from Windermere Marina Village: 3 minute drive or 18 minute walk

This sophisticated restaurant offers an impressive menu full of ingredients which are locally-sourced. They were awarded a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor in 2015 and the head chef has been awarded an AA Rosette.

 

Windermere has plenty to offer when it comes to eating and drinking, so whatever your taste, budget or occasion, there is somewhere perfect for everyone. Of course, when you choose self-catering accommodation in the Lake District you can enjoy the benefit of having the freedom to sample different restaurants and cafés during your stay.

Don’t hesitate to take a look at our available cottages and apartments and book your stay with us today. You can also get in touch through our contact form or call us on 015394 46551 and we will be more than happy to help.

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