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Windermere Pubs & Restaurants & Nightlife

Windermere has a wealth of restaurants ranging from a fine dining restaurant to tea shops serving the finest afternoon tea around, all aiming to provide a unique and exciting experience to all. Many of our eateries pride themselves on serving up delicious, home-cooked dishes with the emphasis on using the finest, local produce. You will find plenty to tempt you.


Windermere Restaurants

There is a good choice of places to eat in Windermere, at a range of prices. You will find restaurants and pubs specialising in food from a variety of countries including Chinese, French, Italian, Thai, Lebanese, Mexican and Turkish. There are also many take-aways and a selection of fast food places. Restaurant prices vary considerably but they usually have menus on display which you can check before you enter.  Windermere also has some traditional English teashops, where you can get a cup of tea and a piece of cake, or a traditional cream tea, which is a sweet scone with jam and cream.

Gilpin Lodge
Situated on a hilltop not far from Windermere, this late-Victorian lodge was once a private residence, and stands amid dense and immaculately manicured gardens with woodlands and fells as an idyllic pastoral backdrop. The interior is – as long-serving owners, the Cunliffe family admit – 'large enough to be professional, and small enough to be intimate, friendly and welcoming'. There are no fewer than four dining rooms, each with its own character and style – so guests are spoilt for choice. Dinner is the highlight of the day (with breakfast, apparently, not far behind) and menus are fixed-price for four courses, with cheese and an extra. You could kick off with sea bream escabèche and tapenade dressing or a salad of home-smoked duck with pickled carrots and five-spice syrup. Next comes a sorbet, before main courses like best end of Herdwick lamb with fondant potato, confit swede and shallot purée or roast monkfish with salmon gnocchi, ballotine of leeks and Champagne sauce.

JR's Restaurant
JR's Restaurant takes its initials from John rigg, a 1900 century hotelier and entrepreneur who's family home has been transformed into a place were you can relax, unwind and be a little pampered. Our Head Chef uses only the finest ingredients, promoting were possible local produce.


Windermere Pubs & Nightlife

Windermere is situated in Cumbria and it hosts a variety of quiet country pubs and traditional inns, as well as a few lively bars. The majority of these hold themed nights or organize regular live music and events. One popular inn is Brookside Inn which has a selection of cheap drinks and warm food. Alternatively you could visit Bodega. However if you have access to a vehicle and are willing to travel, it may well be worth the trek to neighbouring towns.