Selection of Restaurants and Cafes in the Windermere Area
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Trip Advisor: Listing of eating places in and near Ambleside Click here
The Boathouse Bar and Restuarant
at the main White Cross Bay complex is about 5 minutes leisurely walk from the lodge. Entertainment is also provided. e.g. Karaoke (be warned!!
Take away fast food is also available
Kindly note that the Trip Advisor reviews are poor, and I have to admit that we ourselves tend to avoid it. But reports about the food have been good
and it IS very convenient if and when you're in the mood for that kind of thing.
for Trip Advisor reviews.
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The Sun Hotel
**January 2019 Update** This restaurant is currently closed. We will update this page when we have any further information about its future.
This is the nearest pub/hotel to the site. It's about 15 minutes walk away in Troutbeck Bridge (3 or 4 minutes in a car).
As from 2015 the restaurant has been rebrabded as 'Pedros', with Tapas style menus. Nice and handy if you're in the mood for Tapas!
Tel: 01539 443274
Here is just a selction of places recommended by ourselves or by guests:
- The Mortal Man
This has become our favourite place to eat in recent years. It's situated at the far end of Troubeck village, about 10 to 15 minutes drive
from the lodge. Turn right on the A591 towards Windermere. After about a mile - at the beginning of Troutbeck Bridge, just before the filling atation - turn
left and follow the road through to Troutbeck. The Mortal Man is at the far end of the village on the right.
The pub food is varied, plentiful and of a superior quality. The atmosphere is vibrant, although owing to its popularity
it will normally be advisable to book in advance.
The Mortal Man
- Queens Head at Troutbeck
This at the far end of the village as you drive from here and has often been
recommended to us as somewhere with very special, local fare - but quite expensive.
Tel: 01539 43240
- The Magic Wok in Windermere. "We would recommend using the Magic Wok. We had a meal for five, which was
gorgeous and fed eight of us." (The O'Sullivans)
2, Crescent Road.
Tel: 01539 488668 or 01539 488669
- Jintana Thai Restaurant in Bowness. Our Son and his girlfriend have
eaten here and told us it was good (High praise, indeed!)
Lake Road (up the hill a couple of hundred yards from the Tesco mini rdbt on the right).
Tel: 01539 433394
- Royal Oak in Bowness. We've often been here for
good, honest "pub" food. No thrills and fancies, but perfectly good for a reasonably cheap family meal.
Brantfell Road. No more than one hundred yards from the town centre - up past the Beatrix Potter shop on the left.
Tel: 01539 443970
- Bodegar SolBar in Bowness. There is a bar downstairs and Tapas restaurant upstairs.
We like eating Tapas and have enjoyed the times when we've eaten here. You can't book a table, however. So when
Bowness is busy (often!), you either have to wait in the noisy bar downstairs for a table or come back later. We even tried offering
them a deposit of £20 once, but they still wouldn't take a booking...so we went somewhere else. Shame! Because we've enjoyed the Tapas and think it's good - although a Spanish lady we know would beg to differ!!
Ash Street. In the town centre, just a few yards along from the Beatrix Potter shop.
Tel: 01539 446825
- Lucy's in Ambleside and Bowness.
**January 2019 Update** Information about Lucy's is in need of revision following closures. We will try to update the listing in the very near futures. Apologies!
In Bowness, there is a 'Lucy's Restaurant' in Ash Street (town centre). It used to serve Tapas, but didn't the last time we went in - when we'd given up waiting at Bodegas.
It's now a more sophisticated à la carte restaurant. The goat's cheese
starter was sublime (am now trying out different recipes for it), and the Mushroom Stroganoff a perfect complement.
Be warned, though, we found it quite pricey.
Tel: 01539 442793
In Ambleside there is a Lucy4 wine bar and bistro. You'll find images of the Devil everywhere!
And when you finally twig that "Lucy4" is a play on "Lucifer", everything will make sense. Now this place DOES
serve Tapas - so if it's Tapas you want, Lucy4 in Ambleside is our top tip! It's in St. Mary's Lane, but you'd be best
to call for directions as it's a bit complicated to explain!!
Tel: 01539 432288/01539 433435
There's also another Lucy's Restaurant in Ambleside, but we've not been there - we need to save
up a bit before doing so!
Church Street. Tel: 01539 431191
- Mela Indian Restaurant in Bowness.
On another occasion when we gave up waiting for a table at the Bodega Solbar,
we went to the this Indian restuarant just along the road.
Actually, it was a great choice as we love Indian food - probably a lot more than Spanish food. We were lucky to get the very last table,
but it was right next to the door and people kept coming in and out all the time (bit cold as it was winter time).
Maybe these were all people who also hadn't been able to get a table at the Bodega? But they couldn't get a table here either,
and everyone was told to "come back in half an hour".
The food was great and the service was very friendly. Definitely one of our top recommendations!
They also do take away.
Ash Street. (This is the little road in the town centre with all the restuarants
in it - and the Beatrix Potter shop, of course!)
Tel: 01539 445777
Fast Food and Coffee/Tea Shops
Where do we start and stop? Here is just a brief selection of some places to look out for
while you're out and about that we've been to ourselves or have been given a review by
guests who've stayed at the lodge:
- Vinegar Jones in Bowness. Been here many times when we've wanted a quick takeaway with the children - or, more often, with our own parents, who are rather partial to fish 'n chips!
It's on the main street going towards the lake, just fifty yards or so beyond Tesco on the left.
- The Walnut Chip Shop in Ambleside. Recommended by the O'Sullivans - sorry! not exactly sure where it is.
- We ourselves rarely have fish 'n chips any longer, which is a great shame. This is due to environmental concerns
about the sustainability of fish stocks and we feel it's important to know that the fish we eat have come from
sustainable sources as verified, for example, by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
It would feel neglectful not to have mentioned this, but it's certainly not to try and spoil your enjoyment of what
reamins a great British tradition!
- Heidi's Cafe in Red Lion Square, Grasmere. "Great cakes, tea and coffee"
- Rydal Mount Tea Shop. "The scones and the chocolate brownie are excellent".
Rydal Mount and Hall is to the right of the main road from Ambleside to Grasmere (about a mile north of Ambleside).
You can park free of charge in the road by the side of the church - although a donation to the church
honesty box is expected. This is good place to walk from, and the tea shop is very welcome at the end.
If you are simply visiting Rydal Hall, then you can use their own car park.
- Baldrys in Grasmere. "Has lovely cakes and lunches - also gluten-free bread and scones."
- The Priest Hole in Ambleside. This is just to the right off the main road as you walk towards the lake
through the town centre. We always go there because we can sit outside with the dogs (under shelter if it's wet)
and the service is very friendly.
- The Potting Shed at 'The Grasmere Garden Village' in Grasmere. This is located right next to the main car park in the
centre of the village (opposite the church on the left as you come in). This is very handy if you've been out
walking and are in need of refreshment at the end. The only problem is that you'll probably end up buying
things from the garden centre as well.
- The Apple Pie Coffee Shop in Ambleside. "Very Cosy" according to Mandy and Louise.
- Renoir's in Windermere. At the bottom of the town towards Bowness on the right. One of Jeanne's favourites because
"it feels French" she says (the name is a give away). Nice light snacks and scrummy cakes.
- Booth's Coffee Shop in Windermere. This is part of the Booth's supermarket, which is on the pricey side
but great for good quality food and drink whilst you're on holiday. The coffee shop itself is reasonably-priced
(as coffee shop's go) and we can't normally resist the hot chocolate - though remember to ask for it without cream
and marshmallow if you're watching your weight!!