10 Best Restaurants in the Windermere Area. The Lake District is home to Lake Windermere and the surrounding villages of Windermere, Ambleside and Bowness on Windermere. Here you can find some truly amazing places to eat and drink. From Michelin starred restaurants to cosy cafes. Here are our top ten picks of the best eateries in the Windermere area.

1. HRiSHi at Gilpin Hotel

HRiSHi at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
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We think that HRishi at Gilpin Hotel is number 1 in the Top 10 Restaurants in the Windermere Area. A Michelin starred fine dining restaurant in Windermere serving fine dining food with a difference. A meal here is a real special occasion and one not to be forgotten. 

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2. Holbeck Ghyll

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Holbeck Gyll is a fine dining restaurant located between the lakeside towns of Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere. It’s only a five minute drive from Windermere village. With breath-taking views across the Lake District. They serve excellent food in a great atmosphere. Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel is a multi-award-winning retreat that offers a welcoming and luxurious home from home.

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3. Restaurant at Samling

Restaurant at Samling
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The Restaurant at Samling is located above Windermere with extensive lake views south and west. Their fine dining menu uses locally sourced, seasonal produce to produce truly divine dishes. Featured in the Michelin Guide for 2020 you are sure of a meal to remember here.

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4. The Windermere Speakeasy

The Windermere Speakeasy
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Located in the center of Windermere Village The Windermere Speakeasy is a Coffee & Tea House during the daytime. Then at night it transforms into a cocktail & wine bar. Also serving world-class drinks accompanied by Mediterranean themed delicacies. For a memorable night with occasional live music this is one place you should be sure to visit.

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5. Henrock by Simon Rogan

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Henrock is a new, informally elegant restaurant by Simon Rogan located on the outskirts of Bowness on Windermere. True to Simon Rogan’s ethos, the focus lies on beautiful local ingredients including produce from their farm located just a few miles away in the Cartmel Valley. With dishes that are rooted in British cooking and ingredients.

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6. Rothay Manor Restaurant

Rothay Manor Restaurant
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Rothay Manor Restaurant is part of Ambleside’s Boutique Hotel, Rothay Manor Hotel. It is situated in the beautiful village of Ambleside near Lake Windermere. They are passionate about fine dining and will treat you to decadent dining in their 3 AA rosette restaurant. As well as providing a friendly, welcoming service, once you arrive, you will never want to leave.

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7. Blue Smoke on the Bay

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The Blue smoke is one of 3 restaurants based in the Low Wood Bay spa and resort hotel. Located on the shores of the stunning Lake Windermere you will have a great view as you dine. Definitely one for the carnivores out there this restaurant is all about the best meats available. They have a 3 metre wood fired grill to perfectly cook their tremendous steaks and other meats. Perfect for family get-togethers you should definitely give the Blue Smoke a try.

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8. The Grill & Smokehouse Restaurant

The Grill & Smokehouse Restaurant
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The Grill & Smokehouse Restaurant is situated in the Wild Boar Inn hotel in Windermere and is set amongst the beauty of the ancient Gilpin Valley. It boasts an exceptional standard of service with exquisite traditional interiors and a warming, friendly atmosphere. The food is second to none with their steaks being described as masterpieces by many a reviewer.

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9. Afternoon Tea at Cedar Manor’s Restaurant

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Cedar Manor is located to the north of Windermere a short 5 minute drive away. Cedar Manor’s afternoon Tea is a real treat for any weary ramblers. Their menu includes savouries and finger sandwiches, their own fruit and plain scones, warmed, with clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam, and a selection of homemade desserts and cakes. For an afternoon tea to remember Cedar Manor has one of the best in the Windermere area.

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10. Gilpin Spice

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Gilpin Spice is located in the Gilpin Hotel to the East of Bowness on Windermere. They serve pan asian food in a truly remarkable setting. Their food is cooked to perfection by their team of highly trained chefs. You will be delighted by the exquisite blend of spices inspired by the silk road. One not to miss.

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With a fine selection of restaurants to choose from in the Windermere area these are our top picks. We hope you get to try one or all of them. Happy Eating!