Our top 10 pubs in Windermere & Bowness

We couldn’t possibly list all the pubs you can find in Windermere and Bowness – we’d be here for quite a while.

But, here are ten of our favourites to enjoy a local brew or two while you’re here.

Or, if you’d like to see more pubs for specific areas try our other pub guides:

Keswick Pubs / Dog Friendly Pubs / Hawkshead Pubs / Grasmere Pubs / Best pubs with Views

Visiting a pub in Windermere or Bowness

Like stepping into the heart of Lake District culture and community, these places aren’t just about grabbing a drink; they’re hubs of social connection and local charm.

Here are our best pubs in Bowness & Windermere for:

Best Pubs in Bowness & Windermere for Food

After a day’s exploring, there’s nothing better than gathering together to share food and drink, recounting the events of the day, and sparking up conversation with those around you.

So, here’s where we’d go after a hike for a pint and a bite…

The Albert

Queen’s Square, Bowness

Great atmosphere, the food’s good, and the prices are reasonable too! It’s a popular place with the locals, so you know The Albert’s a winner.

Sitting right in the heart of Bowness, whether you’re popping in to refuel after a trip on the boats, or getting a meal before a film at the Royalty, you can’t go wrong.

Hole in T’Wall

Robinson Place, Bowness

Tucked away in the heart of Bowness is the oldest pub in the area – built in 1612.

Walking into the Hole in T’Wall is like stepping back in time and that’s the way locals and visitors like it. Bursting with old-fashioned charm and character, it serves good range of beer and a selection of hearty home-cooked pub classics in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

The Flying Pig

Rayrigg Road, Bowness

A traditional family pub serving freshly made food that uses only locally sourced ingredients, and a great selection of local ales, lagers, wines and spirits from around the world, in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, The Flying Pig is well worth a visit next time you’re in Bowness.

You can expect the usual pub classics, hot and cold sandwiches, tasty desserts and there’s a children’s menu too.

The Best places for Craft Beer in Windermere & Bowness

The Crafty Baa

Victoria Street, Windermere

Cosy, quirky and characterful, the Crafty Baa is the perfect spot to indulge in a craft beer or two and fill up on some tasty scran.

Eclectically decorated using upcycled and recycled materials, this funky little gem of a place serves up craft beers, a wide range of spirits, including 100 whiskeys from around the world, and a menu of nibbles and sharing plates.

Watermill Inn & Brewery

A591, Ings

A little way out of Windermere or Bowness, in the little hamlet of Ings, near Staveley (you may have come through it on the way to the Lakes), you’ll find The Watermill Inn & Brewery.

Brewing it’s own beer on-site, you’ll be treated to the easy to sup ‘Collie Wobbles’, a dark and powerful ‘Dog’th Vader’, or the golden, hoppy, and dry ‘Windermere Blonde’, amongst plenty of others.

With sandwiches, wraps, and nachos, alongside more traditional pub meals, you’ll walk out feeling satisfied, and if you tried enough of the beers, not quite walking as straight as when you arrived.

The Bowness Tap Rooms

St Martin’s Pl, Bowness

Discover a treasure trove of fantastic food and drinks after a day’s adventure around Windermere and Bowness. The Tap Room’s atmosphere is inviting, and the staff strike the perfect balance of friendliness without being intrusive.

Whether you’re in for a refreshing pint like the Jute IPA or a delightful glass of Madri, the experience begins on a high note. From the mouthwatering Capricciosa pizza to the Korean chicken burger that’s an absolute delight, every bite is a symphony of flavours.

Not to mention their cheeky fries—outrageously moreish and a perfect side to complement the meal. Portions here are generous; the garlic bread alone is almost the size of a full pizza!

Dog-Friendly Pubs in Windermere & Bowness

Lake View Garden Bar

Lake Road, Bowness

Family-friendly (until 9pm), dog-friendly and with, you guessed it, lake views, the Lake View Garden Bar also offers a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits, and menu of pub classics in a relaxing setting next to Windermere.

Soak up the sun in the beer garden or on the terrace when it’s warm, or stay cosy and toasty inside by the fire on chillier days.

There’s live music to tap your toes to on most Friday and Saturday nights too.

The Angel Inn

Helm Road, Bowness

Recently refurbished, the Angel Inn stands in an elevated spot overlooking Bowness, with eye-pleasing views of the Langdale Pikes and Claife Heights from the beer garden.

Everyone’s welcome in this traditional hostelry: walkers, tourists, locals, families, and furry friends too.

It serves up an extensive menu of freshly made food from pub classics to internationally inspired dishes, with wines, beers and spirits aplenty to slake your thirst after a day out.

The Old John Peel Inn

Rayrigg Road, Bowness

Opposite the World of Beatrix Potter, The Old John Peel Inn is a traditional pub serving classic pub grub and cask ales at reasonable prices in a relaxed and friendly setting popular with tourists and locals alike.

Recently re-opened under new ownership, there’s a weekly quiz night, and occasional live music, and your four-legged friends are welcome too.

The Royal Oak

Brantfell Road, Bowness

If the reviews are anything to go by, it’s a big thumbs up for the Royal Oak.

This traditional hostelry has been welcoming visitors for over 200 years, and the current owners have been there since 1995 so they must be doing something right.

There’s nothing fancy going on here – just hearty, homemade, belly-filling food, perfectly cooked, a wide range of beers, wines and spirits to quench the thirst, and friendly service that keeps regulars coming back for more.

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Windermere’s allure lies in its picturesque setting along England’s largest lake, offering leisurely cruises, lakeside vistas, and a vibrant town ambience.

Meanwhile, Bowness exudes sophistication with its heritage charm, quaint streets, and a delightful array of shops, eateries, and cinemas.

Combined, Windermere and Bowness promise an unforgettable fusion of natural beauty, rich heritage, and captivating experiences at every turn.

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