Today, I thought I would write about some eateries our guests at Blenheim Lodge have tried whilst staying with us. Hubby and I are often asked to recommend places to eat, but since we have not been to eat in a Bowness or Windermere restaurant in years, we are unable to do so. It is our visitors who come back and tell us about their eating experiences instead!

Over the last couple of days, we have had many international visitors staying with us. One Australian couple decided to try two local places to eat, situated about 5 minutes’ walk from our guest house. Having just visited the deep South in America, they were looking for traditional British cooking – plain, simple, and tasty. This morning, before they left, they told us about the two eateries they had patronised. One was Sutherlands and the other was John Peel.

bowness on windermere lake district
This is the corner of Langrigge Drive and Lake Road. Visitors browse the restaurants and shops of bustling bowness-on-Windermere. Blenheim Lodge is 3 minutes’ walk down Langrigge Drive to the main street.

Sutherlands is a family friendly restaurant with pretty hanging flower baskets decorating the exterior of the building. Of all our guests who have been there to eat, the perennial favourite has been the traditional roast dinner. The Old John Peel Inn sits by Sutherlands, and our Australians thought that their food was excellent too!

Two minutes’ walk down the road from Blenheim Lodge is The Spinnery. This seems to be a very popular restaurant with our guests. Recently, we had a couple of Americans who waxed lyrical about the yummy food they had eaten there as well as the friendly staff. All this feedback is always good to know, as no one likes to eat at dour establishments.

Another place I have heard good reports about is the Hole in the Wall. This is the oldest pub in Bowness-on-Windermere, and is located a 7-minute walk from our front door. Guests enjoy the atmosphere in the pub as well as the food. I like the character of the building with its olde worlde feel.

There are lots of places to eat in Bowness-on-Windermere, from pubs, restaurants, bistros, cafes, and tea rooms. All the hotels in this little town also welcome non-residents to their dining rooms. The variety of meals available will suit different budgets and palates, from traditional staples like fish and chips to fine dining in an AA red star restaurant.

At Blenheim Lodge, we are aware of all those lovely restaurants within a few minutes’ walk of our house and thus we only offer bed and breakfast. I remember when we first visited Bowness and saw all those places to eat. It was bewildering and exciting at the same time: there is so much choice, so much to try, and so little time to try all those cuisines! Let’s hope that this little post helps some of our guests when it comes to choosing a place to eat in Bowness.

These shops are about a 2-minute walk downhill from our B&B guest house, Blenheim Lodge. (
These shops and restaurants are about a 2-minute walk downhill from our B&B guest house, Blenheim Lodge. (

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