Our Guide to the Best Pubs in Bowness on Windermere

Located on the eastern shore of Windermere, the vibrant town of Bowness is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Lake District. Lined with a beautiful blend of quaint cottages, charming shops, inviting cafes and lively pubs, the streets of Bowness create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all who visit.

With masses of accommodation options, including some of the most stunning boutique suites in the Northwest, Bowness on Windermere is an ideal base for visitors exploring the Lake District. There’s also plenty to do here from leisurely boat rides on the lake to exploring the surrounding fells.

But there’s more to the Lake District than outdoorsy activities on the fells or water. Sometimes all we need is a place to kick back, relax and indulge in some tasty food, and Bowness on Windermere is the perfect place for just that. Drinking and eating out in Bowness is a must – it’s a hub of fantastic pubs, restaurants, cocktail bars, and quirky eateries!

Whether you’re looking for some delicious post-hike pub grub or celebrating a special occasion and looking for the perfect spot to enjoy a tipple, we’ve put together a list of our favourite pubs in Bowness and Windermere that you absolutely must visit during your stay.

Hole in t’ Wall: Best Dog Friendly Pub

Built in 1612, the Hole in t’ Wall is one of the oldest pubs in Bowness on Windermere and is bursting with quirky character. Its name is attributed to a hole in one of the pub’s walls that was knocked though so that a blacksmith could be served a beer while hard at work. This pub offers traditional charm and a cosy atmosphere that is the perfect spot to unwind in, offering a wide selection of local ales, craft beers and spirits. You can enjoy some delicious pub grub, relax by the fire and soak in the friendly vibes. There is also a patio/beer garden area with heating and a function room for parties.

The Wild Boar: Best for Eating Out

Located just outside Bowness on Windermere, The Wild Boar Grill & Smokehouse is known for its rustic charm and delicious food. The Wild Boar specialises in hearty, locally sourced dishes including their famous burgers and steaks. They have also developed a popular reputation for their quirky take on the traditional afternoon tea, with their ‘alternative afternoon tea’ proving a firm favourite with both regulars and those new to the Wild Boar. Plus, they have a great selection of wines and craft beers to complement your dining experience, making it a perfect spot for a memorable meal.

BAHA Bowness: Best for Cocktails

BAHA in Bowness on Windermere boasts 3 floors of tasty food, delicious drinks and vibrant entertainment with an extensive cocktail menu as well as a wide selection of wines and beers. The bartenders here are true mixology wizards, crafting unique and creative cocktails that will excite your tastebuds. But it’s not only your tastebuds that will be dancing as BAHA in Bowness is renowned for putting on crowd-pleasing, upbeat live music every Friday and Saturday that is sure to get you out of your seat. The atmosphere here is super trendy with the perfect mix of cosy seating areas and a lively bar. It’s a must visit spot if you’re in the area and looking for a fantastic cocktail experience.

Lake View Garden Bar: Best Pub Beer Garden

As the name suggests, this pub in Bowness boasts stunning views of lake Windermere, one of the most iconic and Insta-worthy spots in the Lake District. With amazing lake views, a garden bar, terrace and cosy pub interior serving fresh food, real ales and cocktails, this pub is a must visit. Its friendly atmosphere makes this an ideal spot to enjoy a drink and take in the beautiful scenery, making it a perfect choice for a relaxed evening with friends or a romantic date night. You’ll also find live music here on Friday and Saturday nights, and it’s both child and dog friendly too!

Boaters Bar: Best for Live Music and Entertainment

Located right on the water’s edge, Boaters Bar is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, welcoming couples, families and dog owners all year round. This lively pub offers a vibrant atmosphere, live music, a wide range of drinks to suit all tastes and the outdoor seating area provides a fantastic view of the lake, making it an excellent spot to soak up the sunshine on a warm day. Whether you fancy a pint of local ale or a refreshing gin and tonic, you’ll find it here and over the weekend, this bar comes alive with a range of talented vocal artists, DJs, comedians and much more.

The town of Bowness is one of the Lake District’s most popular destinations and with beautiful scenery in which to relax and unwind in, it’s clear to see why. After a day’s adventuring, there’s nothing better than gathering to enjoy home-cooked pub classics and drinks in an atmospheric pub in the heart of the Lake District and with so many brilliant pubs in Bowness on Windermere, you’ll be spoilt for choice though we hope this list of our 5 favourites helps. We know you’ll have a fantastic time exploring the local area and be sure to check out these Bowness pubs and bars during your stay at Aphrodites!

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