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                  with a view

A selection of eating places in stunning
locations for groups visiting the South Lakes
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Welcome              to Brew with a
View, a special guide to some of the
                                                                          Seating Capacity
                                                                          (S=summer W=winter)
restaurants and cafés in the Kendal,
Windermere and South Lakes area that                                      Parking On Site
cater for larger groups and coach
parties.                                                                  Parking Nearby
We have a wealth of places available to                                   Disabled Access
groups, where you can enjoy a 'brew
with a view'. With so much to see in the                                  Caters for visitors to
South Lakeland area, it is important to                                   attraction only
stop and recharge your batteries, whilst
enjoying special views of either
landscape, works of art, or historical or
cultural gems.
We hope this guide gives you some
inspiration for your meal stops.
However it is only a small selection of
what is on offer in the Kendal,
Windermere and South Lakes area.
The towns and villages in South
Lakeland have an abundance of
smaller cafés and restaurants, which
will be perfect if your itinerary enables
groups to split up to explore individual
towns and villages and enjoy
refreshments at their leisure.
If you would like more information on
possible meal stops for groups, please
contact any of the Tourist Information
Centres listed on the inside back cover.                         Afternoon tea on the shores of Lake Windermere

Please note:
It is always worth phoning the venue to check on opening times when you wish to place your booking. You should
ask if you need to pre-order your meal. Included in this listing is the total seating capacity of each restaurant and
café within which your group can be accommodated. If coach parking is required it is also important to check
that it is available on the day you want to visit and if there will be any fee to pay. Walking times given from coach
drop off points to venues are approximate only. Those with limited mobility may need to allow more time.
Photographs courtesy of Charlie Hedley, National Trust Library, Tony West, Rydal Mount, Quaker Tapestry, Dave
Willis, Lake District National Park Authority, Lakeland Arts Trust, Zeffirellis, Ben Barden, Karen Smith, Sue Warner.

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Attractions                             RSPB Leighton Moss Nature
                                        Reserve Tearoom
                                        Myers Farm, Storrs Lane, Silverdale,
 Ambleside                              Near Carnforth LA5 0SW
                                        Tel: 01524 701601
Hayes Garden World - Four               Tearoom with a wide selection of
Seasons Café/Restaurant                 home cooked meals available.
Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0DW            70
Tel: 015394 33434
Range of home made cuisine, offering
wholesome and traditional meals,
patisseries and desserts.               Grasmere
 240                                    Villa Colombina
                                        Adjacent to Dove Cottage &
Rydal Mount Tearoom                     Wordsworth Museum - Town End,
Rydal, Near Ambleside LA22 9LU          Grasmere LA22 9SH
Tel: 015394 33002                       Tel: 015394 35268
Summer seating capacity for groups of   For group visits to Dove Cottage or the
20 in marquee in garden (2 sittings     Wordsworth Museum telephone
possible).                              015394 35544.
Winter seating capacity for groups is   Fully licensed restaurant 5 minutes'
12 inside (2 sittings possible).        walk from Grasmere.
 20    12     1                          70
 S     W      coach

                                        Kendal & surrounding area
                                        Abbot Hall Art Gallery
                                        Kendal LA9 5AL
                                        Tel: 01539 722464
                                        Home-made meals and cakes
                                        prepared daily.
                                         40      1

Rydal Mount

 Arnside/Silverdale area
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Café
Hale, Milnthorpe LA7 7BW
Tel:015395 63027
                                                                       Abbot Hall

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The Grain Store at the Brewery
Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE
Tel: 01539 725133
 80          Drop off point:
             Highgate (5 mins walk)

                                                                      The Quaker Tapestry Tearooms

                                                     Sizergh Castle
                                                     Sizergh, Kendal LA8 8AE
                                                     Tel: 015395 60951

Brewery Arts Centre                                  The Warehouse Cafe at the
Levens Hall                                          Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE
Bellingham Buttery, Levens, Kendal,                  Tel: 01539 725133
LA8 0PD                                               30     Drop off point: Highgate
                                                             (5 mins walk)
Tel: 015395 60321
Range of home-cooked food with a
daily blackboard menu of hot and cold
dishes, puddings and snacks.
                                                     Lakeside & Newby Bridge
 100   2 x dining rooms               Cafe &         Lakes Aquarium
       (50 seats each)                gardens only
                                                     Lakeside, Newby Bridge LA12 8AS
The Quaker Tapestry Tearooms                         Tel: 015395 30153
Friends Meeting House, Stramongate,                    • Quay Café - Serves hot and cold
Kendal LA9 4BH                                           drinks & snacks.
Tel: 01539 722975                                      • Oscar's Restaurant - Classic
Vegetarian and vegan cuisine cooked                      cuisine made from locally sourced
on the premises with a daily specials                    produce.
lunch menu. Joint winners of the                      80
Vegetarian Society Awards 2007 for
Best Provision for Veggies at a Visitor              Lakeside and Haverthwaite
Attraction.                                          Railway
Seating capacity 38 + 8 outside.                     Haverthwaite Station, Near Ulverston
Maximum number of 15-20 for groups                   LA12 8AL
(offer 2 sittings for large groups).                 Tel: 015395 31594
 38          1              Drop off point:           60
             minibus        Highgate (5mins walk)

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Fell Foot Park                         Windermere Lake Cruises
Newby Bridge LA12 8NN                  Boatman's Café, Glebe Road,
Telephone: 015395 31273                Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 2LW
Licensed self-service tearoom, at      Tel: 015394 43057
lakeshore.                             Café serving a selection of hot and
Open March - October.                  cold drinks, cakes and pastries,
 80                                    sandwiches and hot meals all day.

 Windermere & Bowness                  Brockhole
                                       Lake District Visitor Centre,
The World of Beatrix Potter            Windermere LA23 1LJ
Attraction                             Tel: 015394 46601
Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BX         Hot lunches available and sandwiches,
Tel: 015394 88444 (ext 227)            soup and snacks available throughout
The indoor Peter Rabbit™ Tea Garden    the day served inside the café or on
allows groups to have a morning        the terrace overlooking Lake
snack, lunch or afternoon tea away     Windermere.
from the crowds. It is reserved for     80
exclusive use by one group at a time
between February - September.
 50       Drop off point: Bowness
          Pier (5 mins walk)

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts
Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT
Tel: 015394 46139
A range of homemade food and
drinks. Maximum 20 people at one

                                       Norman's Piano Café
                                       Market Cross, Ambleside LA22 9BT
                                       Tel: 015394 31198
                                       Spacious family-friendly café and
                                       restaurant, serving drinks, light
                                       snacks, lunches, children's meals and
                                       homemade cakes.
                                       100     Drop off point: Kelsick Road/
Blackwell Tearoom                              Rothay Road (10 mins walk)

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Pier Café/Bar
Waterhead, Ambleside
                                        Kirkby Lonsdale
Tel: 015394 32225                       Mews Coffee House
Seating inside or out, with views of    Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2AJ
Lake Windermere, serving a variety of   Tel: 015242 71007
meals, sandwiches and baguettes to       50     Drop off point: Market
                                                Square (5 mins walk)
suit all.
 40        1

Café M
Westmorland Shopping Centre, Kendal
Tel: 01539 740358
Food prepared to order on the
 130       Drop off point: Blackhall
           Road (5 mins walk)

                                                                         Mews Coffee House
Yard 34, Finkle Street, Kendal LA9
Tel: 01539 727325
Family-owned and run restaurant and     Windermere & Bowness
coffee house offering English, French   Costa Coffee
and Italian food.                       Royal Square, Lake Road, Bowness-on-
 120       Drop off point: Blackhall    Windermere, LA23 3DB
           Road (5 mins walk)
                                        Tel: 01539 488443.
Prelude of Kendal                       Range of Italian coffees, pastries, and
Library Road, Kendal LA9 4QB            sandwiches.
                                                Drop off point: Bowness         Downstairs
Tel: 01539 732929                        50
                                                Pier (5 mins walk)              only
Fresh home-cooked food. Private
evening functions for groups.           Alpine Restaurant
 52        Drop off point: Blackhall    1 Grosvenor Terrace, Lake Road,
           Road (10 mins walk)
                                        Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BS
                                        Tel: 015394 42884
                                        A family-owned and run establishment,
                                        serving a variety of good quality meals
                                        and snacks at affordable prices.
                                         40     Drop off point: Bowness
                                                Pier (10 mins walk)

Outdoor dining

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                                         Sun Inn
Pubs/Restaurants/                        Main Street, Hawkshead LA22 0NT
Hotels                                   Tel: 015394 36236 (for bookings
                                         phone 015394 36213)
                                          50       Hawkshead village car
 Ambleside                                         park (5 mins walk)

Zeffirellis Vegetarian
Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9AD
Tel: 015394 33845
                                         Kendal & surrounding area
The restaurant is open for coffees and   Alexanders
snacks, lunch, and evening meals.        Castle Green Hotel, Kendal LA9 6BH
Serving home-made dishes of the day.     Tel: 01539 797017
 170        Drop off point: Market       Traditional pub meals, serving lunch,
            Square (5 mins walk)
                                         evening meals and teas and coffees.

                                         Crooklands Hotel, Crooklands
                                         Near Kendal LA7 7NW
                                         Tel: 015395 67432

                                         Damson Dene Hotel
                                         Crosthwaite, Near Kendal LA8 8JE
                                         Tel: 015395 68676
                                         Open evenings and daytime by prior
Zeffirellis Vegetarian
                                         Greenhouse Restaurant
 Grasmere                                Castle Green Hotel, Castle Green Lane,
                                         Kendal LA9 6BH
Dale Lodge Hotel & Tweedies Bar          Tel: 01539 734000
Red Bank Road, Grasmere LA22 9SW         Restaurant serving modern British
Tel: 015394 35300                        cuisine.
 48         Stock Lane
            (5 mins walk)                 80

 Hawkshead                               24 Finkle Street, Kendal, LA9 4AB
Red Lion Inn                             Tel: 01539 720547
The Square, Hawkshead, LA22 0NS          Modern restaurant serving Italian
Tel: 015394 36213                        cuisine, with daily happy hour.
 50         Hawkshead village car                  Drop off point: Blackhall
            park (5 mins walk)                     Road (5 mins walk)

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Paulo Gianni's Ristorante Italiano
21a Stramongate, Kendal LA9 4BH
                                        Lakeside & surrounding area
Tel: 01539 725858                       Newby Bridge Hotel
Mediterranean food and wine,            Newby Bridge LA12 8NA
extensive menu with specials board      Tel: 015395 31222
and daily happy hour.                   Available to groups for Sunday carvery
 90       Drop off point: Blackhall     only.
          Road (2 mins walk)
                                         100   50 per
Riverside Restaurant
Riverside Hotel, Stramongate Bridge,    Swan Hotel
Kendal LA9 4BZ                          Newby Bridge LA12 8NB
Tel: 01539 734861                       Tel: 015395 31681
Coffee, teas, lunch and evening meals    50    bar   80   brassiere       Drop off point
                                                                          at hotel
served. Riverside setting.
 60                                     Whitewater Hotel
                                        Lakeland Village, Newby Bridge
Wetherspoons                            LA12 8PX
The Miles Thompson, Allhallows Lane,    Tel: 015395 31133
Kendal, LA9 4JH                          50
Tel: 01539 815710
 120      Drop off point: Highgate
          (2 mins walk)
                                        Windermere & Bowness
Kirkby Lonsdale                         Hylton’s Restaurant
                                        Royal Square, Bowness-on-
Snooty Fox Inn                          Windermere
33 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale         Tel: 015394 43060
LA6 2AJ                                 Traditional English restaurant.
Tel: 015242 71308                        80          Drop off point: Bowness
                                                     Pier (10 mins walk)
 40       Drop off point: Market
          Square (2 mins walk)
                                        Lindeth Howe
Whoop Hall Hotel                        Lindeth Drive, Longtail Hill, Bowness-
Burrow with Burrow, Kirkby Lonsdale     on-Windermere LA23 3JF
LA6 2HP                                 Tel: 015394 45759
Tel: 015242 71284                        85

Serving meals and snacks throughout
the day.                                The Ship Inn
 200                                    Glebe Road, Bowness-on-Windermere
                                        LA 23 3HE
                                        Tel: 015394 45001
                                        Traditional inn with quayside
                                        restaurant overlooking boat moorings
                                        on Lake Windermere.

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Sutherlands Restaurant
Rayrigg Road, Bowness-on-Windermere    Special Offers
LA23 3B2
Tel: 015394 43332
A wide range of menus from bar                    Free Meal
snacks, spicy and vegetarian options   Hayes Garden World, Ambleside
to traditional roast meats.            Coach driver receives voucher for free
 80         Drop off point: Bowness    meal with drink in the Four Seasons
            Pier (10 mins walk)
                                       Café/Restaurant. Request voucher
                                       from a member of the café staff.
Windermere Hydro Hotel                 Driver must present driver
Helm Road, Bowness-on-Windermere       identification to obtain voucher.
LA23 3BA
                                       Terms and conditions apply: Coach
Tel: 0870 777 8849                     party must be over 30 people and
                                       driver ID must be seen to validate
                                       For further details contact Hayes
                                       Garden World on 015394 33434.

                                           Free Refreshments
                                       Windermere Lake Cruises
                                       Drivers receive complimentary
                                       refreshments when passengers use
                                       either the Boatman's Café or sail with
                                       Windermere Lake Cruises. In addition
                                       passengers will be given a 10%
                                       discount voucher to be used in the
Pavement café in Kendal
                                       Boatman's Café and Gift Shop.
                                       For bookings or further information
                                       please contact Windermere Lake
                                       Cruises on 015394 43360.

                                               Special Offers
                                       Villa Colombina, Grasmere
                                       Various special offers for groups
                                       available depending on individual
                                       group requirements. Coach driver eats
                                       For further details contact Villa
                                       Colombina on 015394 35268.

Brockhole                                                    More offers overleaf...

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            Free Meal                                            Southern Lake
 Brockhole, Windermere                                           District Coach
 Coach driver receives a voucher on                              Parking Guide;
 arrival for a free meal and drink in the                        and
 café (available all season).
 For further information contact
 Brockhole on 015394 46601.                            What's On in the Southern
                                                       Lake District.

           Special Offers
 Levens Hall, Kendal
 Various special offers for groups
 visiting the attraction, including free    You may also find the following
 refreshments voucher for coach driver      websites useful:
 to use in the Bellingham Buttery.
 For further information contact Levens     •
 Hall on 015395 60321.                      •
                                            Your views are very important to us.
Other Information                           Please let us know how we can make
We hope you find this guide useful in       this leaflet more useful to you. We
planning your group visit to Kendal,        welcome suggestions for
Windermere and the South Lakes.             improvements to any aspect of our
                                            information service for groups visiting
For more information and assistance         the South Lakes.
with your itinerary planning, you may
find it useful to look at:                  Please contact:
                                            Hayley Cowperthwaite
                                            Tourism Team
                Kendal, Windermere &        Culture & Economy Group
                the South Lakes Group       South Lakeland District Council
                Travel Guide;               South Lakeland House
                                            Lowther Street
                                            Cumbria LA9 4DL
                Where to Eat & Shop         Telephone: 01539 733333
                in the Southern Lake        Disabled Visitors:
                                            Information on disabled access has
                                            been provided by individual
                                            establishments and has not been
                                            independently verified.

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Tourist Information
Central Buildings, Market Cross,
Ambleside, LA22 9BS
Tel: 015394 32582 and
015394 31576
Glebe Road, Bowness Bay,
LA23 3HJ
Tel: 015394 42895
Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 ONS                                                                       Ambleside
Tel: 015394 36946
Town Hall, Highgate, Kendal LA9 4DL
Tel: 01539 797516
Kirkby Lonsdale
24 Main Street, Kirkby Lonsdale
Tel: 015242 71437
Victoria Street, Windermere LA23 1AD
Tel: 015394 46499
Email:                                                                        Kendal

Please Note:
This guide is intended to be of benefit to groups visiting the area who would like to know more about where to
eat in the Southern Lake District. The information contained in this publication is compiled from details given by
individual establishments and although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, neither South Lakeland
District Council nor any agency acting on its behalf can be held responsible for any error, omission or
misrepresentation. Inclusion in this publication does not imply recommendation by South Lakeland District
Council, and you are advised to check details before visiting and/or booking.

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Published by South Lakeland District Council
Culture & Economy Group 2009

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