Local Restaurants

Please find our directory of places to eat in Windermere and further afield.  Many we have tried,enjoyed and can recommend.  We are adding to this list daily and would suggest checking the eateries own websites, review sites and booking sites to make sure you have picked the right place(s) for your visit.  We can assist with reservations but we do find nowadays, that many restaurants will need to speak directly to the guest to check about food allergies and quite often to take a deposit or secure the reservation with a credit card.  
We also hope that you can assist us by telling us places that you have dined at, so we can add them to this directory.  We hope you enjoy your time in the Lakes and have some really special dining experiences.


Francines – is a relaxed and friendly bistro styled restaurant with an a la carte menu and daily additions boards with a large wine list and large selection of speciality ales.  Opens 6pm, closed Mondays.  Booking recommended.  01539 44088

Hooked – a fabulous seafood restaurant located just a few minutes walk from Cedar Manor.
Under new ownership since Summer 2019, food still fabulous.  Open 7 days.
Booking suggested.  01539 448443

The Smith – a very relaxed Pizzeria and Bar.  A great little place to enjoy a beer, cocktail, pizza or some bar snacks.  One of our favourite places to relax.  Closed Sundays.  Bookings not taken.
015394 46477

Crafty Baa – a fantastic small bar with 100’s of beers from all over the world.  Sharing platters, “sarnies” and other great bar nibbles to enjoy whilst sipping a beer or three!
No need to book, can get busy.

Lamplighter Dining Rooms -  Whether popping in for a snack at lunch, indulging in our unique Sunday lunch experience or a full four course meal in the evening, the Lamplighter is a firm favourite with the locals and guests to the area.  Bookings suggested and essential for their amazing Sunday lunch.  01539 443547

Café Italia - Lively, casual corner cafe with patio seating offering Italian sandwiches, pastas, pizzas & salads.  Heated outside seating.  Great coffee.  Bookings not taken but not usually too much of a wait, even in peak season.  Closed Wednesdays.
01539 446228  (no website)

Homeground – busy coffee shop/gastro- café.  Great coffee, really interesting breakfast, brunch and lunch menu, last orders for food at 3pm, coffee until 4pm.  Always friendly and efficient. 
01539 44863
http://www.homegroundcafe.co.uk/  (with links to social media, Instagram is best way to see them)

The Pig – a cosy bar/restaurant in the heart of Windermere.  One of only a few that serves food from 10am till 10pm, so good if you are arriving late.  Large menu with a great choice from nibbles to pizza to large dishes.  Tasty food for every appetite.  Local ales on tap.
01539 234010

Magic Wok – one of two Chinese restaurants in the village.  A firm favourite with locals, we often pop in for a take-away or meal.  Opens 5.30pm and closes around 11pm.  01539 443429

Tapios – serving  homemade, authentic Tapas with carefully sourced ingredients and complemented with Spanish Beers, Ciders and Wines!  01539 422242



Porto Restaurant – one of our favourites.  A family run fine dining restaurant in the heart of Bowness.  The only restaurant with an AA Rosette for excellence in Bowness
015394 48242


Around the area – some of the "must go-to" restaurants

HriShi at Gilpin – Hrishikesh Desai combines great Lake District produce and classic methods to deliver unbelievable textures and flavours – modern British cuisine with a twist. Michelin Star.
Booking essential – 015394 88818

L’Enclume – one of the best restaurants and dining experiences in the UK.
 'Ingredients that change with the seasons inspire my menu development and ensure a truly traceable dining experience reflecting my farm to table philosophy’ — Simon Rogan
L’Enclume holds two Michelin stars, five AA Rosettes and was named the number one restaurant in the UK by The Good Food Guide 2020.
30 minute drive to Cartmel, booking in advance is essential.   015395 36362

Old Stamp House – located in the heart of Ambleside, this fantastic restaurant is superb.  Gaining a Michelin Star in 2019, not to be missed.  Chef Ryan Blackburn is passionate about the best produce from Cumbria, you will have a fantastic meal here.  Tuesday to Saturday, 6-9pm  Lunches Wednesday to Saturday 12.30-2.00pm   Booking essential.  01539432775

Gilpin Spice - The laid-back ‘Gilpin Spice’ has an open kitchen serving tapas-style pan-Asian dishes inspired by countries along the spice trail – spanning the Philippines, the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and China.  Open 7 days, 12-2 and 6-9pm
015394 88818  Booking recommended.

Samling  - a modern restaurant with amazing views over Windermere.  Very accomplished cooking and extensive wine list.  In response to the dramatic landscape we sit in, Executive Head Chef Robby Jenks is developing and refining menus with a purity of flavour based on the core ingredients in each dish. Where possible these ingredients are from our greenhouse, gardens and woodland, locally sourced, or the best available in the UK; and they influence Robby’s menus seasonally. Highly evolved, clear, bold flavours match the grand simplicity of lake and mountain views.
Lunch and Dinner served daily along with Sunday lunch.
015394 31922 for bookings.

Pubs and Gastro Pubs (south Lakes)

Queens Head – Troutbeck

Drunken Duck –

Punch Bowl – Crosthwaite

Water Edge Inn – Ambleside

Brown Horse – Winster

Masons Arms – Stawberry Bank

Badger Bar – Rydal

Wainwrights – Chapel Stile, Langdale


There are numerous café’s all over the Lake District.  We can help you plan walks that can pass by some lovely café’s and pubs.

Some of our favourites –

Kysty – Ambleside – owned and run by Michelin starred Ryan Blackburn

Chesters by the River – Skelwith – one of the most visited cafes in the south Lakes, at the end of a lovely path from Elterwater. 

Blue Bird – right on the Lake shore, Coniston.

Lingholm Kitchen, Portinscale, near Keswick

Fellpack, Keswick

Little Chamonix, Keswick

Mathildes, Heaton Cooper Studios, Grasmere


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