Bowness on Windermere

Bowness on Windemere is a small town situated on the banks of Lake Windemere. The, better known, town of Windemere, with a station, is actually adjacent to Bowness on Windemere. While Windemere is full of hotels and bed and breakfast establishments it is Bowness which has the the night life with far more pubs and and resturants. It is also Bowness that the lake cruises sail from.

As well as pub food Boness has restuarants to suit all tastes and prices. It also has many specialist shops with the nearest to a chain store, apart from those selling outside acticity gear, being a Tesco Express and Co-op.

Windemere does have some pubs and restuarants and good shops.

Most people would enter Bowness on Windemere from Windemere going down the A5074 which is Lake road. The first drinking establishment (apart from those in Windemere) being about 20 minutes walk from the station. This is a hotel called The Craig Manor. Just across the street and, on the corner is Beresford's restuarant with its downstairs pub.
A few minutes down Lake Road hill (and it is a hill) and crossing over again is Ruskin's. Continuing down the hill and again crossing over you cannot miss The Angel pearched on top of a terrace garden. You are now into the centre of the town.
On a busy day you appreciate the need for traffic lights or zebra crossings because there are none available, in Bowness, as you cross again to continue down hill to The Albert at the bottom corner in Queen's Square. Crossing the road coming from the right there is The Flying Pig and, next door, Ye Old John Peel. Once there you can walk back without crossing the road and turn right down the small road opposite The Albert.
Go down this small road and the back wall of a car park has New Hall Inn on it and there is a Robinson's sign on the wall where you can turn right on to St Martin's Parade and view the patio area for The Hole in t' Wall, which is in fact the New Hall Inn. After here, you go back to the corner, but continue straight, and there is a white wall with The White House written on it. This leads to the graden area for this pub/restuarant and beyond that on the next corner is Churchill's Wine Bar. These three premises, and the corners, mentioned are practically on top of one another.
Going up the short hill from Churchill's and then going along the lane to the right, with a church on the left, there is The Stags Head Hotel. From there retrace your steps to the corner and follow the Church Road round to the right (down to the left returns you to Churchhill's). This takes you back to the main road and the need to cross it again.
Once across, there is a lane coming out into the open area where a road comes down. In this open area and on the lane is the Sol/Bodega Tapas bar. Going up the hill away from the main road there is a Y-junction either side of which will take you to The Royal Oak which is behind the building on the Y-junction.
Leave The Royal Oak by the seating area quickly crossing, due to lack of pavement, and follow this road down to the main road and The Village Bar appears on the left. Across the raod from the Village Bar and down a little (behind the Church) is The Old England Hotel. (This is on same lane as The Stag's Head).
You can now walk down to the lake and along the shore line. After the cruise boat embarcation area there is a large building with The Lakeview upstairs. A little further along is The Ship Inn.

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Craig Manor is a large hotel and restaurant open to non-residents. The small bar is to the left of reception or straight ahead if the door in the middle of the building is open. The bar is mainly to cater for residents and diners but there is a lot of armchair and sofa seating through to the right. the hotel also has an extensive outside beer garden.
have a half pint here
Real ale : Hawkhead Bitter
bitter : Tetley's Smoothflow
Lager : Stella, Carlsberg
Cider : Gaymers Guiness

Beresford's restuarant and pub. The modern pub is downstairs. A place for quiet drink before or after meal.
the problem is that the bar is not always open even if the restuarant is.

Ruskin's advertises itself as traditional English pub with modern food. That tradition includes Karaoke and Football. It has a function room downstairs. The main pub is two rooms opened up which manages to seem like three different sections for seating and drinking. Up hill from centre of town pubs so loses tourists to them.
Have one here
Real ale : Cumberland Ale, Marston's King of Swing
Lager : Fosters, Stella
Cider : Strongbow Guiness


The Angel has terraced garden with many tables and sun umbreallas so looks like a traditional English pub. However inside is far from traditional and has been tastefully modernised. From the entrance hall there are tables to the right and couches to the left with large screen TV. Straight ahead is a narrow entrance to the small bar area which has a restuarant through from it and a conservatory off of it. Food excellent
Have several here.
Real ale : Mere Gold; Swan Blonde; Cumberland Ale
Craft : Shipyard Americal Pale ale
bitter : Cumberland Cream
Lager : Stella, Stella4; San Miguel; Fosters, 1664, Tiger, Heinekin
Cider : Thatcher's gold Oyster Stout

Most people hate the taste of beer - to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice that many people have been able to overcome
  Winston Churchill



Most pubs have real ale. onlt Beresford's and Sol Bar do not have it.

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