Where To Eat in Bowness on Windermere

In the heart of the beautiful lake district countryside lies Bowness-on-Windermere. Situated on the banks of Windermere, it’s the perfect destination to enjoy the incredible lakes landscape, and is one of the most popular destinations for tourists to the area during the warm summer months.

But this little town isn’t just perfect for beautiful sights; if you’re looking for a delicious meal during your visit, there are plenty of great places to choose from, no matter what your dining preferences are.

Here are just some of our favourite cuisines that can be sampled during your visit.



breakfast selection

Mio Mondo Coffee Shop

If you’re looking to enjoy a full English breakfast to start off your day, or even just nibble on a lighter bite to eat, Mio Mondo has it all.

With an early bird breakfast deal for those who want to set off and see the sights of Bowness-On-Windermere and even dog friendly areas for those who are off adventuring with their furry friend, there’s something for everyone – including pet pooches!

If you happen to visit on a cooler day, you’re welcomed with blankets and outdoor heaters to stay warm while still enjoying the beautiful views of Bowness-On-Windermere.

From warm coffees to chilled-to-perfection milkshakes, breakfasts, toasties, soups and a great selection of homemade cakes – Mio Mondo is definitely worth a stop off if you find yourself in the centre of Bowness-On-Windermere in an early morning and feel a little peckish.

This little gem is just off to the right of The World of Beatrix Potter attraction, and very close to the Royalty Theatre.

You can find Mio Mondo Coffee Shop at Lake Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BJ


The Magic Roundabout

Another delicious breakfast spot that is open from as early as 8.30am is The Magic Roundabout.

Situated just a little further down the road from The World of Beatrix Potter attraction, it’s another viable option for families looking to fuel up before diving into the wonderful world of Peter Rabbit and friends.

Well-known for generous portion sizes, you can be sure you’ll be adequately fed and watered before a long day of exploring the area. From full english breakfasts to omelettes and even bacon and sausage sandwiches for those who don’t want to indulge in a big breakfast, there’s a meal for everyone.

The Magic Roundabout serves food all day until 10pm, so there’s plenty of opportunity to sample their menu.

You can find The Magic Roundabout at 8 Queens Square, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BY  

Folk Cafe

As you can tell, there are plenty of cafes to choose from in the area, but another little place that we’d definitely recommend you consider is the Folk Cafe, which has a huge focus on using locally sourced products and specialise in craft coffee and tea with an array of delicious home-baked goods.

Situated closer to the lake than the previous two, it’s a great starting point for those looking to explore Lake Windermere and want to fuel up for the day.

Although many may argue that the menu is a little more limited than the others, the quality of the food is incredible. From the fabled breakfast sandwich which appears to be one of the breakfast best sellers which comprises of a three tier sourdough sandwich with an egg in the middle alongside crispy bacon, it’s definitely one to try while in the area.

The location of Folk Cafe is a little off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle of the direct centre, meaning it is usually quieter and provides the perfect rest spot for those looking to slip away from the crowds for a little while.

What’s more – it’s dog friendly, too!

You can find Folk Cafe at 4 St. Martins Parade, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3DY  

Lunch/Light Bites


If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat rather than a full meal, a stop off at Graze will definitely satisfy your hunger without being too much.

A coffee shop which specialises in homemade food and focuses on delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options (but does also offer meat options), it’s the perfect stop off on your journey around Bowness-on-Windermere and is perfectly situated in the heart of the town, near the World of Beatrix Potter attraction.

As it is so central, it can get quite busy during peak months, but it is definitely worth the wait.

You can find Graze at Crag House 4 Crag Brow Lake Road / Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BU


The Easy Breeze

If you like a varied menu with a wide range of different options to choose from, The Easy Breeze is a great place to stop off.

With generous portion sizes and choices ranging from chicken and chorizo sandwiches to delicious handmade pizzas and halloumi fried, this quirky little place is perfect for a little rest and relaxation if you’re looking for somewhere a little different.

They even have a resident piano player to keep you entertained with live music as you dine, giving The Easy Breeze a chilled-out vibe.

You can find The Easy Breeze at 5 Church Street, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3DG


The Albert

Do you enjoy a pub lunch style meal during the day? Not to worry – The Albert has you covered. From lighter bites to traditional pub grub such as shepherd’s pie , fish and chips and burgers, you can be sure there’s a pub-favourite for your taste buds.

It can often be quite busy at times, but it really is a testament to the delicious meals that come from the talented kitchen staff and well worth the wait.

With the option to eat out in the beer garden when the weather permits, being very dog friendly and offering generous portions of hearty pub classics, The Albert is a great all-rounder for those wanting something simple but delicious to eat.

Situated just off to the left of The World of Beatrix Potter attraction, you can see why it’s a family favourite – and is perfect for those looking to wind down after a long day of wandering around Bowness-On-Windermere.

You can find The Albert at Queens Square, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3BY


Craig Manor

Situated just outside the main hustle of Bowness, the dining options here at the Craig Manor Kitchen present a fantastic option for all kinds of tastes.

Featuring big flavour dishes from our Classics and Lounge Menus and fantastic views, matched with an extensive Wine List.

Our Kitchen uses only the freshest local produce, so you can dine with us surrounded by a truly inspiring Lake District atmosphere while tasting the very best flavours of the area.

You can find us at Craig Manor, Lake Road, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 2JF


Rastelli Ristorante Pizzeria

For those who love to sample the true taste of Italy, Rastelli Ristorante has authentic, traditional Italian dishes for the whole family to enjoy.

From hand-crafted pizzas and perfectly seasoned pasta dishes, breads and side dishes, there is something for every Italian-cuisine lover. Whatmore is that Rastelli is perfect for those looking to eat on a budget as they have deals on selected dishes between 5 and 6.30pm.

Rastelli Ristorante also caters for those who have special dietary requirements, offering dishes which are Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free friendly.

You can find Rastelli Ristorante at Lake Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3AP


Porto Restaurant

For those looking for a meal which delivers tastes from all around Europe in very British dishes that is around five minutes from Lake Windermere, Porto Restaurant is a great choice.

Serving food all day, there’s plenty of opportunity to sample some of the freshest dishes in the area, and boasts outdoor seating areas so that you can enjoy your food outside when the weather permits.

With a distinct bistro feel, the food served at the Porto Restaurant provides a wide range of meals, from roasts to world-inspired twists of British favourites, there’s something for every palate.

Open from  12pm to 4pm for lunch and 5pm to 9 pm for dinner, Monday to Saturday, and 12.30 til 4 and 5 til 8pm on a Sunday, there’s plenty of time to drop in for a bite to eat during your visit.

You can find Porto Restaurant at 3 Ash Street, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3E



If you don’t mind travelling out of Bowness-on-Windermere and head a little further north to Windermere itself and you love seafood dishes, Hooked is a great choice for fish lovers.

Delivering a menu with a fresh seafood focus which can change from day to day depending on the catch, you won’t be disappointed at how fresh these dishes really are. From lobster and hake to the more exquisite swordfish, there’s plenty of freshly caught fish to choose from.

It is important to note that this is a fish restaurant, so you won’t find any other meat dishes on the menu other than fish, but that doesn’t stop the portion sizes being more than generous for the price.

All in all, fish lovers? Go take a look!

You can find Hooked at Tudor House Ellerthwaite Square Tudor House, Windermere, LA23 1DP

family at restaurant


These are just some of the great places to try while around Bowness-on-Windermere, to find more, be sure to take a look at Trip Advisor for the area to see what else is on offer.

If you fancy booking a relaxing getaway in the Lake District with beautiful views and delicious dining options, be sure to check out our offers and room availability today.

For any enquiries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us where a member of our team will be more than happy to help.

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