Sample hotel dining at its best at the Swan Hotel in Grasmere. Serving the finest British cuisine, sourced from the surrounding area, our menus offer an ever-growing range of organic food and drink - good for you and the environment.
Dine on traditional Lakeland favourites with a modern twist in our welcoming Waggoner's Restaurant or for a less formal dining experience, relax in the comfortable Green Lounge with a freshly brewed tea or coffee, light meal, or a sumptuous dessert and enjoy views across the garden and over to Helm Crag.
The rich farmlands of Cumbria provide abundant produce of which The Beech Hill's kitchen makes full use. The hotel is actively involved with the annual Taste of Cumbria Food and Drink Festival - an entertaining showcase for the gourmet delights available from the county. Dinner in the Burlington's Restaurant, with its award winning food, service and Lake views from almost every window, is the highlight of any stay at The Beech Hill. Saturday evenings are particularly enjoyable as guests are entertained by a jazz quartet or pianist.
The hotel has held 2 AA Rosettes for a number of years and its consistency in producing cuisine of a high standard is ably demonstrated by our two mouth-watering menus:
Dinner is served daily between 6:45 pm to 8.45 pm . Dress code smart/casual, preferably no denim.
Griffin Bar & Lounge
Relax in our Griffin Bar and Lounge with its big comfortable sofas and uninterrupted views of Lake Windermere. Cool in the summer and warmed by a log fire in the winter, you can take the opportunity to pause, reflect and unwind. Guests can enjoy a quiet drink, full afternoon tea, light snacks or simply relax with their feet up and enjoy the views. On a sunny day unwind and take in the splendour of the vista on our spacious terrace, enjoying one of our cocktails or enjoy the comfort of an open log fire with one of our specialty coffees on a cold winter's night.
The bar and lounge is named in memory of Harry Griffin, the famous writer and rock climber who was a regular guest at the Beech Hill. Harry wrote more books about the Lake District than anyone else and was still writing his record breaking Country Diary for the Guardian Newspaper when he died in 2004. Details of his achievements and some of his precious memorabilia are on display in our lounge area.
Address: The Beech Hill Hotel, Newby Bridge Road, Windermere, LA23 3LR
Rothay Manor has 3 Stars & 1 Rosette from the AA and has been listed in the Good Food Guide for 41 years, as well as in all the major guides.
The Dining Room itself is spacious with tables laid in a classical style. The relaxing atmosphere and view of the gardens make it the perfect setting for any meal - whether it be lunch, dinner or a private party. Service is efficient yet unobtrusive, which makes each and every visitor feel truly at ease. This element of personal concern perhaps explains that elusive quality, remarked upon by so many guests, which sets Rothay Manor in the class of a true Country House Hotel.
he Lake District is renowned for its excellent local food. At Lindeth Howe, we are proud to extend this reputation by providing only the best locally sourced produce which is available seasonally. The seasonal menus offer a variety of fine foods whatever time of the year you choose to dine. We will do our upmost to help with any dietary requirements.
Our Head Chef, Marc Guibert continually upholds our excellent reputation for fine dining. We have been awarded two AA Rosettes and we recently won the Lancashire & Lake District Life Magazine's Lake District Restaurant of the Year Award. Our chefs strive to prepare food exceeding this excellent standard.
We invite you to enjoy our fabulous dining experience, whether you are a guest staying at the hotel or non resident; although we advise reservations are made in advance to avoid disappointment.
Address: Lindeth Drive, Longtail Hill, Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3JF
Shears and crooks adorn the walls of this sumptuous Victorian building along with photographs of farmers and shepherds from an era long since passed. The atmosphere is a wonderful blend of old and new and the colours of cosy red and sunny yellow add a warmth that goes hand in hand with the welcome. Stampers is open evenings from 6 till late with booking recommended at all times. Bookings can also be taken for lunch for parties of 10 or more.
The fine food on offer is superbly complemented by an interesting selection of wines, hand picked to marry up to the items on the menu perfectly. Although the menu is traditional English, Heather's creativity calls on many influences from around the globe. The specials board offers a delightful selection of interesting and varied dishes and is ever changing.
Address: The Old Stamp House, Church Street, Ambleside, LA22 0BU
We serve freshly cooked Modern Italian style dishes. Our regular menu features many trusted favourites including pizza, pasta, meat and fish dishes, whilst our specials make the most of seasonal local ingredients. Both restaurants are OPEN DAILY from 5pm.
Address: Tarantella Restaurant, 10 Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 0AD
Panoramic views invite you to wine and dine in our restaurant, perhaps preceded by a drink in our intimate bar. Designed to complement the setting, the variety of food and wine is sure to delight the most discerning diner, and being pampered by our attentive staff will be one of the many highlights of your stay with us.
Lunches and afternoon teas are available indoors or out on the lawn fringed terraces. Dinner is always a special occasion and our rosette awarded restaurant boasts a fine speciality selection in addition to the delicious Table d'hÃ´te dinner menu. For your special occasion, be it wedding, anniversary, cocktail party or a birthday treat, we can create a special menu and offer private dining facilities.
The Lake District Boat Club Ltd is a members' club founded in 1965 for the promotion of all forms of boating on Windermere. The Club has at present some 180 members, most of whom (but not all) own sailing boats or motor cruisers. We are proud of our Lakeside Clubhouse, situated on Glebe Road, Bowness on Windermere, from where we organise yacht races and other events, where we hold dinners, parties and entertainment events, and where there is a bar. The Club is open during weekends from Easter until November. Being centrally placed, we have easy access to both the North and South parts of Windermere, while being in the middle of the village of Bowness. The Club was founded as a family-centred organisation, and have members from 18 months to 92 years.
Address: Lake District Boat Club, Glebe Road, Bowness on Windermere, LA23 3HE
Once you have experienced the delights of Sail 'n' Dine you'll want to tell everyone about it. You can tell us all about it in our visitor book on board the yacht or you can email us your very own 'Sail 'n' Dine Experience'. You can also send us any images of your time with us and we will include them in your gallery.
Brunch Buffet Sail with Wine
Selection of cooked meats
Tea and coffee
Evening Sail n Dine
Salad of smoked salmon and black pudding with honey and mustard Vinaigrette
Finest prosciutto of Parma served with honeydew melon, summer berry drizzle
Salad of king prawn and sweet pear
Tomato, olive and feta salad with orange and honey oil
Pan-fried breast of chicken with a spring onion and garlic cream sauce. Creamed potatoes, fine beans and baby carrots. Pan juices
Seared loin of fresh tuna with spicy salsa salad and new potatoes
Cumbrian beef fillet in a mushroom and Dijon cream sauce with creamed potatoes, fine beans and baby carrots
Fillet of salmon with dill sauce, buttered new potatoes, carrots and fine beans
Vegetarian dish of the day
Marshmallow chocolate mousse
Fruit of the season with fresh cream
Fine selection of North Country cheeses with biscuits and port
Fresh ground coffee and chocolates
It's not just food at the Macdonald Old England Hotel, it's a passion! Macdonald Hotels use only the finest seasonal ingredients and source the best produce available - local and organic where possible - so you can expect free range eggs, corn-fed poultry, grass-fed beef and wild white fish in all our hotel restaurants.
The Vinand Restaurant was recently named 'Restaurant of the Year' by the Westmorland Gazette. Our talented Executive Head Chef Nick Martin and his team are true professionals, blending stringent quality standards with flair and imagination. The result? Classic dishes bursting with fresh flavours.
Address: Old England Hotel, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3DF
Luigi's Restaurant of Ambleside is set right in the heart of the beautiful Lake District.
Established 18 years ago, Luigi's is a family owned restaurant using recipes passed down from generation to generation and offering, freshly made, traditional Italian home cooked food.
As well as our home made pasta we offer steaks, veal and fish dishes, delicious sensations to arouse and tantalize, complimented by our diverse range of fine Italian wines.
We invite you to come and join us for a feast
of authentic Italian food.
Brambles Tea Room is centrally positioned on the Main Road in Windermere and has seen a hike in its popularity since being featured in the ITV docu-drama The Lakes which aired in 2010. The programme followed chef-owner Amanda Davies as she got the keys to the new business and made it happen. Now firmly on the foodie map of Windermere, the café and tea rooms is busy all day with tourists and locals who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and homemade food. The double-fronted café has outside seating for around a dozen people and inside, an open kitchen, wooden floors and furniture. A large red leather sofa in the window and photos on the walls taken by Amanda’s partner add a homely feel. Breakfasts are available until 3pm and because everything is made in-house, gluten- and dairy-free dishes and cakes are available. Lunch sees sandwiches, jackets, soups, toasties and more. The homemade cakes here are described as ‘the kind you would love to make at home but don’t have the time’. They operate a loyalty card and hold regular events including sewing nights. Open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday.
Address: Brambles Tea Room, 15 Main Road, Windermere, LA23 1DX