Visitors to our Bowness guest house often want to know where they can stop off for a little repast when gadding about Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere, so I thought I would write about some small local eateries. Please note that these are mere suggestions and NOT recommendations.

One of the best known coffee shops in Windermere is Renoir’s. This is a convenient stopping place for a light lunch, hot drinks and yummy cakes. I have sampled their carrot cake and chocolate gateau, but, otherwise, nothing else. The confections are handmade by one of the chefs and I particularly enjoyed the carrot cake. Orrest Head is a popular viewpoint easily accessed from Windermere town. Walkers might reward themselves with cake and tea or coffee at Renoir’s after an invigorating walk to Orrest Head.

A view of Lake Windermere from Orrest Head, Windermere. (Photo courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

For travellers arriving into or leaving Windermere train station, the most convenient coffee house is the First Floor Cafe at Lakeland Plastics. Like Renoir’s, the cafe offers meals as well as sweet treats, and is ideal for a quick snack or, certainly, finer dining than what the train service from Windermere can manage. Visitors might also enjoy browsing through Lakeland Plastic’s thousands of items for home and garden. (www.lakeland.co.uk)

There are more eateries in Bowness-on-Windermere, and one of the most centrally located is Roberto’s. This bistro is open for lunch as well as evening service. Visitors coming off the ferries on Lake Windermere will find Roberto’s a cosy place to warm up after the sometimes chill breeze off the water.

A beautiful view of Lake Windermere and its surrounding mountains from The Attic and The Eyrie rooms at Blenheim Lodge. Admire spectacular scenery from your rooms and enjoy the Lake close up on a Windermere cruise ferry which you can board just 7 minutes’ walk from Blenheim Lodge. Disembark from the ferry and head for a nice repast in a local eatery.

Although not strictly within Bowness town, another place to consider for a noon-time repast is the cafe at Blackwell House. Visitors can enjoy light lunches or snacks in the cafe before or after a tour of this Grade I listed Arts and Crafts house. (www.blackwell.org.uk) There is ample parking on site; or, if taking a taxi from Blenheim Lodge, Blackwell House is only 5 minutes’ ride from Bowness-on-Windermere.

Blackwell House cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating. Grab a table with views of Lake Windermere and the fells beyond.

There are plenty more places to eat in Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere. In fact, there must be around 30 pubs, restaurants, bistros, and cafes to choose from in Bowness itself. Windermere probably as about 20 to choose from. These numbers are quite incredible considering the fact that both towns are not large by any standard!

Tea and scone on the terrace at Blackwell House, with the Arts and Crafts house in the background. (Photo by Tony West, courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

So, when you next visit Bowness-on-Windermere or Windermere, and are thinking about where you might keep cosy and eat well, do consider the merits of the many eateries both these little towns have to offer. On wet, cold or windy days, a nice cafe, bistro, pub or restaurant surely cannot do better than offering an eager visitor a warm welcome, and good food and drink to line the intrepid traveller’s stomach! Keeping cosy and full is the motto!

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