Whether you’re looking for a cosy snug, a bustling bar or a mean hot chocolate, Bowness is the place to be.


The Bowness-on-Windermere food and drink scene is a vibrant one with pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes. This foodie heaven has enough gastropubs, fancy eateries and greasy spoons to make your tastebuds quiver. If you’re looking for a pub that serves up hearty burgers and other American options in a lively environment, try the Arts Bar. The ‘Old Smokey’ burger is the one to beat….. if you can finish it all. It has the added bonus of being just a two minute walk from the pier. The decor indoors is warm, welcoming and quirky.


A more colourful choice is The Country Hut – it’s not so much about what’s on the food menu as the cocktails they shake up, from classics to completely authentic concoctions. The Country Hut also provides a fab atmosphere both indoors, and out.

If you’re after something a little more ‘Cumbrian’ then head to The Crafty Baa. Their famous homemade pork scratchings, which guarantee a good crunch and plenty flavour, washed down by a local ale, will leave you wanting to return the following day for a repeat. This cosy yet bustling little pub has a great ambience and gives you the feeling of a warm cuddle upon entering.


If you’re visiting Bowness on a Friday and fancy a traditional fish & chips at a friendly pub, hit The Flying Pig pub. Spread the word about this place because it’s worth the inevitable queue on a Friday evening. This traditional British pub is family friendly and has a fantastic selection of local craft ales and fine wines from around the world.


For meat lovers, nothing tops a butchery experience than a 1kg Tomahawk steak on offer. Your taste buds will thank you for The Hyltons Restaurant as an end worthy reward for an epic journey round the shops in Bowness-on-Windermere village. And if you want to try something different for dinner, look no farther than Baha – we highly recommend the BBQ duck leg stir fry alongside some Japanese junk fries. This hidden gem hits all your needs, offering food, a cocktail bar, a private karaoke and a dance floor for those with restless feet.


For you hot chocolate lovers, ‘The Chocco Bar’ is your very own version of Vianne Rocher’s La Céleste Praline. What I promise to find is the creamiest, most velvety hot chocolate to bask in, all that’s missing is Roux. Don’t forget to check out their ‘sweets’ menu – it’s a killer.


Whatever your choice, you won’t be disappointed. Bowness may be a small town but it definitely caters to it’s tourist needs and wants by offering a range of cuisines from all over the world whilst staying Cumbrian and traditional.

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