Places to eat and drink on Lake Windermere

Places to eat and drink on Lake Windermere

Wateredge Inn

When it comes to eating delicious fresh food that has been locally sourced, you will definitely want to make time to stop at the Wateredge Inn. Boasting some of the best views of the lake, you can take in the sights while sampling something from their fantastic menu, which includes dishes such as homemade pie and fish ‘n’ chips. It also includes a good selection of vegetarian meals to cater to a range of appetites. The menu is constantly updated to reflect the season, so you are guaranteed to find something new to try each time you visit.

Waterhead Ambleside - Public Jetty

Waterhead Jetty is located about a mile away from Ambleside, and is the perfect location to stop for a browse or a bite to eat. Surrounded by cafés and tourist shops, Waterhead is often described as being a bustling hub, serving as a popular departure point for numerous Windermere cruises. You can stop for an ice cream or coffee at the Waterhead coffee shop, or perhaps a full meal over at the Waterhead Bar & Grill.

Mela Spice Fusion Restaurant

Looking for something a little spicier during your visit to the Lake District? Then look no further than Mela in Bowness-on-Windermere. Serving up a whole host of curries and traditional Indian dishes, Mela is the perfect place to go for both lovers of spice, and even those that aren’t! This eatery serves up all of the curries you would expect, from spicy Vinadloo to a cool Korma – so no matter what level of spice you can take, Mela will have something for you! Mela is also ideal for anyone who is looking to stay in their accommodation for an evening meal too, as they offer a takeaway service which comes with a 20% discount on the menu price.

Ambleside YHA Lakeside Restaurant

This newly furbished restaurant offers diners the perfect opportunity to eat a delicious meal whilst taking in the beautiful lake. Favoured for its relaxing and friendly atmosphere, it’s the ideal place to stop for a quick bite to eat and a pint (or two) of their award-winning ales. You can even enjoy your meal outside on their  decked terrace which is a great place to watch the sunset over the Langdales.

Low Wood Bay Hotel

Low Wood Bay Hotel welcomes you in for a relaxing drink or meal, offering you the perfect opportunity to take a break from exploring. You can enjoy a selection of popular European dishes at the fantastically modern Windermere Restaurant, or hang out  into the evening and grab a glass of champagne in the popular Langdale Lounge & Bar. They also have a brand-new restaurant opening in September 2017 – Blue Smoke on the Bay – which is considered the first of its kind in the North of England. Food is to be cooked on a 14ft charcoal grill, offering a unique experience for diners.

Langdale Chase Hotel

If you want to experience stunning panoramic views while eating and drinking, this wonderful country house restaurant offers diners the perfect setting. You can enjoy lunch on the terrace, or a glass of wine with your loved ones in their intimate bar. The menu includes a range of mouth-watering meat dishes, fresh fish, and a selection of delicious desserts.

Brockhole Jetty, Café and Picnic Area

Located between Windermere and Ambleside, Brockhole Jetty is the ideal location to moor your boat while taking in some of the spectacular views. Set against a backdrop of beautiful mountain scenery, the jetty provides an incredibly popular departure point for Windermere Lake cruises. You can pop into the tearoom, or bring your own picnic and enjoy your food in one of the designated picnic areas.

Boaters Bar

The new kid on the block, Boaters Bar is situated at the far end of the Glebe and offers guests a range of traditional bar games like shuffle-board, a loyalty programme and a selection of over 100 gins. The bar, which was opened by the bosses behind a Bolton-based brewery in 2019, has a wide range of beers and alcoholic beverages on offer. There is also a wide variety of food to choose from, from lighter bites through to more hearty lunch plates. Be sure to drop in for a few drinks if you are browsing the various shops that the Glebe has to offer!

Millerground - Public Jetty

For those seeking peace and tranquillity, Millerground is the ideal place to get just that. Situated 2km north of Bowness, you can stop off at one of the public jetties for instant access to the natural lakeshore; it offers the best along the whole of the eastern shore. 

There is plenty to see and do, such as woodland walks and beaches. There is a picnic area too, providing you with somewhere to eat whilst you absorb the wonderful sights of the lake.

Bowness Bay (The Glebe) - Public Jetty

At Bowness Public Jetty, you can grab a bite to eat at the delightful Bluebird Café, a bar meal at The Ship Inn. Fish and Chips or an award winning local ice cream. A popular jetty and a beautiful view up the lake to Ambleside.

Windermere Marina Village plus Boathouse Bar & Restaurant

Anyone who has stayed at Windermere Marina Village will be able to tell you that there is no better place to eat and drink on the lake than at the Boathouse Bar & Restaurant. Open to both guests and the public, you can unwind with your friends and family whilst enjoying a bite to eat, or sipping on your drink from the impressive wine menu.

The food menu has plenty to choose from, so there should be no problem finding something that you like. Starters include an array of meat and vegetarian dishes, including mussels, fresh salads and homemade hummus, soup, and corned beef hash cake.

After the impressive starters, the mains certainly don’t dissapoint. With options including fresh fish, steak, burgers, pizzas and a range of sharing platters for those who just can’t choose one dish, it’s bound to make your tastebuds tingle.

As well as good food, the Boathouse also offers fantastic live entertainment throughout the year. They pride themselves on showcasing talent from local Cumbrian bands!

Whether you’re staying in one of our luxurious self-catered cottages and apartments, or simply passing through, the Boathouse is a must visit.   

Plus; it’s worth noting that the Boathouse is dog friendly!

Driftwood Fish and Chips

If you are looking for a fantastic fish and chip shop during your visit to the Lakes, then we would definitely recommend giving Driftwood Fish and Chips a visit. Located right on the lakeside, this chip shop serves up some of the freshest produce in the Lakes. There are all of the usual chip shop classics that we have come to expect over the years, with plenty of meal deals on offer too. It really doesn’t get any better than enjoying top quality fish and chips whilst taking in all of the sights Lake Windermere has to offer. 

Ferry Nab (Lake Wardens Office) – Public Jetty

Close to the middle of Lake Windermere, there is a regular ferry across this point of the lake – officially known as The Windermere Ferry. Operating all year, every twenty minutes from early morning to mid-evening, this is an experience people have been enjoying for hundreds of years. There are hot and cold snacks available in close proximity to the jetty, so if you do stop off here, you don’t have to worry about bringing your own picnic.

Storrs Hall Hotel

The award-winning Lake Edge Restaurant within Storrs Hall Hotel is an experience that you really don’t want to miss out on. Offering locally sourced mouth-watering food, just metres away from Lake Windermere, the head chef Ross Marshall is renowned for his ambitious and exciting menu. Their Afternoon Tea is also not to be missed. Served daily from 2pm, you’re promised an indulgent feast of carefully selected sandwiches, pastries, cakes and scones. If you want to treat yourself, you can even choose to swap your hot drink for a glass of champagne! If you are just looking for somewhere to grab a glass of wine, then head to their Tower Bar where the drinks menu could keep connoisseurs busy for hours.

Beech Hill Hotel

Named after the local slate, Burlington’s restaurant may be located within Beech Hill Hotel, but it’s a fantastic dining experience in its own right. Their incredible menu includes mouth-watering meat dishes, as well as an extensive selection of vegetarian options. You can also enjoy ‘2-4-1 cocktails’, a gourmet diners club which offers up to 50% off, and a delicious Sunday lunch. Not only this, but for an extra treat you can indulge in a fabulous five course meal for only £39.95! They even have their very own cocktail called the Bownessie Cocktail, which is worth a try.

The Magic Roundabout

The Magic Roundabout is situated in the heart of Bowness on Windermere and its quaint aesthetics are really something to behold. Whether you are looking for a prefect place to enjoy a hearty breakfast, a light bite and lunch or a traditional evening meal, the Magic Roundabout has you covered. We would highly recommend their sharing nachos if you’re going as a couple, they’re among some of the best served in the Lakes!

Tower Wood Outdoor Centre – Public Jetty

Situated with easy access to the beautiful Lake District, Tower Wood Outdoor Centre welcomes people of all ages. Renowned for the exciting activities on offer, such as abseiling, caving and climbing, it’s the perfect day out for the adventurous. If you are thinking about heading here for the day, we suggest you prepare a picnic to eat on the go!

Fell Foot Park – Public Jetty

Situated on the edge of the lake, you can soak up the stunning Windermere landscapes as you grab a delicious treat in the hugely popular Boathouse Café, located close to the jetty. Entering the Boathouse is akin to stepping back in time. Get cosy by the log fire as you enjoy a homemade cake, warming bowl of soup, or freshly brewed coffee. They also provide takeaway food and drinks – perfect for creating your own picnic by the lake.

The Swan Hotel 

Located at the Southern tip of Lake Windermere, The Swan Hotel is ideal for those seeking home cooked food in a stylish location that boasts a relaxed and homely atmosphere. The impressive menu includes salads, sandwiches, and light bites, as well as a plethora of meat and vegetarian dishes.  No visit would be complete before trying one (or more) of their signature gin and tonic cocktails.

Lakeside Hotel

Looking for Afternoon Tea with a difference? The Lakeside Hotel offers you the opportunity to enjoy yours whilst relaxing by Lake Windermere and drinking in the stunning panoramic views. With three courses to devour, you can enjoy a mixture of delicious cakes and sandwiches. For those looking for something a little more substantial, you certainly won’t be disappointed. With two 5-star restaurants to choose from, you are spoilt for choice. The Lakeview Restaurant allows you to try rare breed steaks from a charcoal barbeque, whilst John Ruskin’s Brasserie has a menu full of all-time favourites, such as fish and chips and risottos.

YMCA – Public Jetty

This new 37-metre jetty has been built in partnership with the South Lakeland District Council and the Go Lakes Travel Programme. Nestled within 400 acres of private woodland, it hosts one of the most impressive outdoor learning centres in the lakes. This location has no food outlets or dining facilities on site, but it’s the perfect place to enjoy a picnic! Pack your favourite foods and enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family.

Jackson’s Bistro

Over the years, Jackson’s Bistro has gained a reputation for being one of the very best eateries in Bowness on Windermere. Serving up a whole host of dishes, Jackson’s has a real family feel to it and the number of returning guests tells you everything you need to know about their food. We would definitely recommend trying out their three-course meal, there is plenty of choice on the menu and it comes in at a modest price point for the quality of food you will receive!

Bark Barn

Bark Barn Jetty has something no other jetty can offer. As well as the usual picnic spot, Windermere Lake Cruises’ Bike Boat will be using Bark Barn Jetty as an access point. The jetty is a new addition to Lake Windermere, and is now a great point for cyclists and non-cyclists alike to cross the river with ease. Straight off the Lake Shore Cycle route you and your set of wheels can hop aboard the cruise and eat your sandwiches whilst taking in the views. The jetty was built with the aim of getting everybody out of their cars and exploring by boat, bike and boot, and it’s doing just that!


Fancy a bit of Mediterranean flair during your visit to the Lakes? We would definitely recommend that you pay Bodega a visit if you simply love all things tapas. We would suggest stopping by if you’re looking for a scrumptious bite to eat whilst you’re enjoying all that Bowness-on-Windermere has to offer. It’s also worth noting that Bodega is equally as adept at catering for your evening meal, and with an onsite bar, you can enjoy a drink or two following a stunning meal.

Wray Castle

Located near Claife Heights, the Victorian neo-gothic Wray Castle is the perfect spot for those wishing to discover a little history on their journey around Lake Windermere. There are plenty of snacks and refreshments available to purchase during your visit, all served in the old Drawing Room, ranging from sandwiches and cakes, to crisps and ice cream. We suggest trying out their bestselling sandwich – crayfish with Marie Rose sauce. Drinks range from freshly ground coffee to fruit juices and milkshakes; the perfect addition to any day out around the lake.