South Lakes 
Tourist Information

Things to see, places to eat,
and important locations

Below is a list of recommended restaurants, important locations, great walks and more, all in the South Lakes.

Best wishes

Skies Holidays

Tourist Information

A few key bits of information for petrol stations, shops and health services.


Windermere Tourist Information Centre,

Bowness Bay National Park Information Centre,

ATM's & Banks

 Lloyds Bank on Main Street and Stricklandgate, Kendal 

Barclays Bank on Crescent Rd, Windermere LA23 1EB 

ATM Outside Co Op, Bowness 

ATM Esser Petrol Station, Windermere 


Boots on Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4PU Boots on Crescent Rd, Windermere LA23 1EA


Station House Surgery, Kendal – 015397 22660 

Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal and Furness General Hospital, Barrow for A&E 

Non-Emergency NHS medical help can be reached by calling 111.


Specsavers on Stricklandgate, Kendal – 015397 34777 

Bagot Opticians on Victoria St, Windermere – 015394 46381 


Blue Star – 015397 23670


K Cars - 015397 31000 

Lakeside Taxis - 015394 88888 

Bus Routes

Please see Cumbria County Council's website for full and up to date bus routes and information – 

Stagecoach also has extensive online information outlining their routes and timetables for the Cumbria and North Lancashire area, this can be found here – 

Train Stations

Windermere Train Station is located at Station Precinct, Windermere LA23 1AH

Kendal Train Station is located on Station Road, Kendal LA9 6BT

(Taxis are available from outside both stations but we would recommend

pre booking through one of the provided services above.)


Shell Service Station Helsington, A591

 Shell Service Station Newby Bridge, A590 

Essar Petrol Station, Windermere 

Temples, Churches and Religious Worship

Kendal Parish Church, Kendal 

Kendal Mosque, Kendal

Cartmel Priory, Cartmel Village 

Saint Martin's Church, Windermere 

Manjushri Kadampa Buddhist Meditation Centre, Ulverston

Chenrezig Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Lancaster

Moorlands Islamic Centre, Morecambe

Lancaster Islamic Society (Masjid Noor), Morecombe


Highgate Veterinary Clinic in Kendal LA9 4EN - - 015397 21344

Oakhill Veterinary Group in Windermere LA23 2EQ - - 015394 88555

Car Trouble

The AA - Their breakdown line is open 24/7 or call 0800 88 77 66

Bay Search and Rescue 

In the event of an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard (coastal rescue) or Fire & Rescue (land rescue).
For advice call the Team Duty Officer on the 24/7 Direct Number: 0300 999 0333 and if required we will inform the appropriate service.

A Bite to Eat

Restaurants, cafes and pubs

 Our favourite picks in the local area! We always recommend booking a table where you can, many of the bars in Windermere also take prebooking's to guarantee you a spot at the bar.



Hooked at Ellerthwaite Square, Windermere LA23 1DP – Fresh fish and seafood.

Jacksons Bistro in Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3EE - 015394 46264

The Magic Roundabout in Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3EE - - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, British Pub Style

Trattoria in Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3DU - - Italian.

The Boat House at Windermere Marina Village, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3JQ - - Global cuisine and a view of the surrounding marina.

The Urban Food House on Lake Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3BJ - - Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free menu. - (Great spot for breakfast and brunch!)

Fish Express at Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE – 015397 39657 - Traditional fish and chips. (A rather bare appearance but the best fish and chips in the area!)

Comida at Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE - – Spanish and Mediterranean. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free.

Yard 46 Café on Branthwaite Brow, Kendal LA9 4TX – - British contemporary street food. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free.

Baba Ganoush on Finkle St, Kendal LA9 4AB – 015397 38210 – International menu. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free.

Pedro’s Casa at Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4QG – - Mexican, Spanish. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free.

The Joshua Tree at Stramongate, Kendal LA9 4BH – - Café by day, Bistro by night. British menu. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free.

Farrers Tea and Coffee Shop at Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4LY -– British Café menu. - (If you have stopped for a cup of tea or coffee in the area, chances are you have had local blends from Farrers!)

Ye Olde Fleece Inn at Highgate, Kendal LA9 4SX - - British Gastro Pub. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free.

Brew Brothers at Highgate, Kendal LA9 4ED – - Brew Pub, British Café.

Pizza Express at Wainwright's Yard, Kendal LA9 4AP - – Italian.

Jintana Thai Restaurant on Lake Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3BJ - – Asian, Thai.

Neko Sushi at Stramongate, Kendal LA9 4BH – – Japanese.

Romneys on Milnthorpe Rd, Kendal LA9 5HG - - British Gastro Pub, Carvery very family friendly with children's play area.

L'Enclume in Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6QA - -Locally sourced. (A reservation is definitely needed no matter the time of day! Two Michelin stars, five AA Rosettes and was named the number one restaurant in the UK by The Good Food Guide 2020.)

The Flying Pig Pub on Rayrigg Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3BZ - - Hearty traditional pub meals, cosy atmosphere.

The Ship Inn at Glebe Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3HE - - Nautically themed, traditional meals and a great view of the lake.

Romneys on Milnthorpe Rd, Kendal LA9 5HG - - British Gastro Pub, Carvery very family friendly with children's play area.

The Punch Bowl at Crosthwaite Lyth Valley, Kendal LA8 8HR - - Traditional pub fare, warm atmosphere.

Ye Olde Fleece Inn at Highgate, Kendal LA9 4SX - - British Gastro Pub. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free.

The Black Labrador at Underbarrow LA8 8HQ - - Traditional pub fare, warm atmosphere.

The Plough at Wreay, Carlisle CA4 0RL - - Traditional pub fare with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

The Pheasant at Allithwaite, LA11 7RQ - - Traditional British Pub Menu. - (Friendly and family run, all home-made local produce. Indoor and outdoor seating. Real chips!)

Eagle and Child in Staveley, LA8 9LP - - Traditional British Pub Menu. - (Serves fresh local seafood – the fish pie is a mush have! Great woodland walks just down the road. Dog Friendly.)

The Wild Boar on Crook Rd, Kendal LA23 3NF - - (Their Savory afternoon tea is a real treat and offers a great spread of local foods!)

The Brown Horse, Winster Near Windermere, Windermere LA23 3NR - - Traditional Pub Menu - Great beer, great food, great setting. If you want the quintessential country pub vibe, this is the one to go to.

More? The Artisan Bakery in Staveley, Kendal LA8 9LR - - More is what you will want from this place. The food and coffee here are simply amazing! A must go for lunch. (Right next door to Hawkshead Brewery beer hall.)

Comida at  Highgate, Kendal LA9 4HE - - Best tapas style place in the lakes, really relaxed atmosphere, great selection of wine and beer. The fried chicken with spicy mayo is legendary!

The Black Bull on Main St, Sedbergh LA10 5BL – - It isn't quite Mitschelen Star, but it should be! The food here is spectacular, defiantly worth the beautiful drive over to Sedbourg. Also, it’s dog friendly!

Stamp House at the Old Stamp House, The, Church St, Ambleside LA22 0BU – - Tiny (stamp sized), Michelin star restaurant. The food is to die for, and the service is relaxed and welcoming, our favorite of all the Micheline star restaurants. 

Smith Bar on Victoria St, Windermere LA23 1AD – - Our favorite place in the lakes, super chilled, great beer, wine and cocktails. The pizzas are true Italian style and delicious. Owner Rob is pretty good at playing host also. We absolutely love this place!

Home Ground on Main Rd, Windermere LA23 1DX - – You can't beat this place for breakfast or lunch, be prepared to que, it's very, very popular and for good reason. Rice crispy deep fried chicken sandwich. Try it!



Boardwalk Gilly’s Landing, Glebe Rd, Windermere LA23 3HE - – Have a gourmet burger and ribs by the lake. Get the Tuna steak burger if it on the specials, bloody brilliant!





Windermere Speakeasy at 4 High St, Windermere LA23 1AF -


The Fizzy Tarte on Ash Street, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3EB –

The Crafty Baa on Victoria St, Windermere LA23 1AB – - (Definitely eye catching from the outside and with a huge range of beers and ales inside, not one to miss!)

Arts Bar & Grill on Brantfell Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3AE - - Fireplace and patio, pub fare and craft cocktails.

The Fizzy Tarte on Ash Street, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3EB – - (For a boozy afternoon with excellent cocktails!)


Unsworths Yard in Cartmel, LA11 6QD – - A unique space in the beautiful village of Cartmel, offering a Cheese Shop, Wine Shop, Craft Brewery and adjacent Tea Shop. Open every day, all year round, the Wine Snug and courtyard are well worth the time to visit.

Grasmere Brewery in Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9TD – The Good Sport Tap Room located on Stock Lane, Grasmere boasts a beautiful outdoor beer garden that overlooks the River Rothay with views of Stone Arthur and Heron Pike. Booking is available online here - - (Dog Friendly.)

Hawkshead Brewery in Staveley, Kendal LA8 9LR - - Located in the village of Staveley, halfway between Kendal and Windermere, off the A591, the main road into The Lakes it is also accessible by rail and bus. (An excellent afternoon when coupled with a walk of the local area or a meal at the Eagle and Child!)