Eating Out/In

Ivythwaite Lodge

Eating Out

Our top recommendations for local restaurants are - click on the name to link to their website

Hooked - Seafood - Windermere - 01539 448443

Francine’s - French - Windermere - 01539 444088

Rastelli’s - Italian - Bowness - 01539 444227Closed every Tuesday

Jintana - Thai - Bowness - 01539 445002

West View - Chinese/Japanese/Korean - Bowness - 01539 422180

Lake Raj - Indian - Bowness - 01539 445900

San Pietro - Italian - Windermere - 01539 444854

The Lamplighter Dining Rooms - British - Windermere - 01539 443547

Jackson's Bistro - British - Bowness - 01539 446264

Our top recommendations for British pub meals are - click on the name to link to their website

The Westmorland Inn - Bowness - 01539 444078

The Brookside - Windermere - 01539 445962

The Angel Inn - Bowness - 01539 444080

The Albert - Bowness - 01539 443241

The Brown Horse - Winster, 4 miles south of Bowness - 01539 443443

The Mason's Arms - Bowland Bridge, 7 miles south of Bowness - 01539 568486

We have teamed up with High Spirits Leisure Group to offer our guests 10% discount at each of the following venues. The venues are currently not taking advance bookings - just turn up and one of the team will seat you, space permitting. Please ask us for your 10% discount card before you go. Click on the venue name to link to its website.

Bowness on Windermere

The Flying Pig - British pub serving British dishes and cask ales

Caffe Riva - contemporary and relaxed Italian restaurant and bar

The Arts Bar - celebration of great food and perfectly crafted drinks


The Flying Fleece - British pub serving British dishes and cask ales

Ambleside Tap Yard - a destination for craft beer and real ale enthusiasts


The Yewdale Inn - traditional Lakeland pub

Enzo's Caffe and Pizzeria - wood fired pizzeria, Italian coffees and cakes

Eating In

For guests looking to take home a taste of the Lakes, our top recommendations for local food and drink suppliers are - click on the name to link to their website

A Day's Walk - online shopping and delivery service offering the best locally produced and sourced produce

Lakeland Artisan - an award-winning artisan food and drink company producing high-quality, hand-crafted products

Booths - regional supermarket in Windermere stocking an excellent range of local produce

Claytons - traditional butchers in Windermere, trading since 1907

Plumgarths Farm Shop - a family run farm shop set in an independent produce retail park near the A591, west of Kendal

Hawkshead Relish - an artisan producer of award winning preserves based in the historic village of Hawkshead

Penningtons - a Kendal based, family owned company providing a great range of ethically sourced teas and coffees

Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding - home of the original, much loved and home baked sticky toffee pudding - found in the lovely village of Cartmel

Grasmere Gingerbread - invented by Victorian cook Sarah Nelson in 1854 in theLake District village from where it gets its name

Roly's Fudge - artisan fudge producers in Bowness, started in 1987 in a farmhouse cottage kitchen

Helen's Chocolates - luxury chocolate products, award winning handmade fudge, bon bons, and traditional sweets, in Bowness

The Little Ice Cream Shop - independent shops in Windermere and Hawkshead serving over 40 flavours of ice cream

Bowness Bay Brewing -hand-crafted, Lakeland-inspired beers, brewed in Kendal

Shed 1 Gin - small batch gin distillery based in the lovely local town of Ulverston

West View Restaurant, Bowness

Always keen to try new restaurants which open in the area we ventured out last week to sample the menu of newly opened West View in Bowness. A ten minute walk from Ivythwaite Lodge meant we could leave the car and have pre-dinner cocktails at our favourite cocktail bar, The Country Hut, as well as a post-dinner drink in The Westmorland, across the road from the restaurant.

Although the restaurant has yet to receive its alcohol licence, they are very happy for you to bring in your own wine, though after our cocktails we stuck to the soft drink menu! It’s worth checking when you make your reservation whether you still need to do this.

The West View states that it serves modernised oriental cuisine and there was certainly a wide range to choose from, including a large sushi menu. My tempura prawn starter was superb and disappeared far too quickly. Andrew had the Miso soup to start and enjoyed its sharp, fresh taste. He had Japanese Katsudon curry to follow and declared it to be very tasty. My Yakiudor chicken was delicious and the very generous portion meant that I couldn’t finish all of it. We didn’t have dessert as we’re not really pudding people so can’t comment on the selection or choice.

We would definitely recommend the West View as a restaurant to try during your stay with us. The service was good, attentive without being too intrusive, and the décor is smart with beautiful oriental crockery. The toilet was amazing, incorporating a number of interesting features that are apparently typical of Japanese public toilets!

Abigail, October '20