Windermere town is the station stop for Lake Windermere. It is, however a few miles to the lake. The town on the lake where the cruises go from is actually Bowness on Windermere.
Walking down from the station takes you to the main shopping centre of the town. Follow the road along side the shops and the road widens out, going down hill, to Bowness on Windemere and eventually to the lake.
Bowness on Windemere has more shops, resturants and pubs.


All of the pubs sell real ale. You might think about adding these four to the Bowness on Windemere crawl. Though if Windemere comes last the hill will take more than 20 minutes from Ruskin's in Bowness.

Surprised that there are pubs in Windemere. The town is full of bed and breakfasts and hotels, and given the tourist trade that the lake brings, it is a wonder that anybody tries to make a living out of running a pub. Therefore, it is not surprising to find all of the pubs are in hotels. Many of the B & Bs and Hotels are open to non-residents for food and possibly drink but there are only a few venues that would be recognised as a pub.

All of the pubs are found in the centre of the town. Coming down from the station is The Elleray and further on at the end of this road is the Queen's Head at the start of the shopping area. Moving away from the shopping area and across two small roads is The Lamplighter at the Oakthorpe Hotel. The bar for this is up to the right while across the wider road is the Grey Walls

Drink and Music

Kip Moore -
Beer Money

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The Queen's Hotel is a very pleaent one roomed pub with bit to side for pool. It has some seating area but good for standing at bar. Does food and offers Sky TV. Outside seating at main entrance and through back of hotel. Upstairs resturant.
Have several here
Real ale :Black Sheep, Loweswater Gold
bitter : Worthington Creamflow; John Smith
Lager : Fosters, Stella Carling
cider : Strongbow+ dark Fruit , Thatchers Guinness

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table.
After four I'm under the host.

  Dorothy Parker

The Gray Walls Hotel has a large bar with most of the large seating are beyond and round from the long counter. Pool table to right of entrance.
Have several here
Real ale : New World (Marstons); Boltmaker (Timothy Taylor)
Windermere Blonde (Watermill)
bitter : Theakston's; John Smith
Lager : Fosters; Kozel; Carlsberg; Krombacher
cider : Strongbow, Adlestones , Black Dragon; Lemon & lime  Guinness


Whisky and drambuie make what cocktail?

Lamplighter bar is associated with a Hotel and restuarant and feels like an add on. Large square room set out for dining with small counter.
Have one here
Real ale :
bitter :
Lager :
cider : Strongbow Guinness


Florence Nightingale

The Elleray Hotel has a long lounge with a variety of seating from couches to stools and from low tables to high tables. Good bar for sitting at.A small lounge is to the right of the entrance and there is a large beer garden
The Good Beer Guide 2013 (CAMRA)

Have several here
Real ale : Loweswater Gold;, Windemere pale ale ( Hawkshead), Old Faithful; Burrowdale (both Tirrel)
bitter : John Smiths, Tetley's smoothflow
Lager : Fosters, Stella, Peroni, San Miguel; Carlsberg
cider : Old Rosie; Strongbow Guinness

The local brews on sale in pubs were from Hawkshead Brewery, Coniston Brewery and Winster,

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