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The Howbeck Guest House,
New Road, Windermere, LA23 2LA

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The Howbeck Restaurant

Top 1"A perfect stay in such a relaxing atmosphere. Very nice staff and the best breakfast. Can't wait to return."

The Howbeck is renowned for its award winning breakfast. Winner of the AA Breakfast Award in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 we make sure that you get the best possible start to the day - a piping hot hearty Cumbrian breakfast of Cumberland sausage (meat or vegetarian), bacon, sauté potatoes, roast tomato, mushrooms and eggs to your liking. Freshly ground coffee is available for all guests, served in cafetieres, or a choice of teas, served in individual white china teapots.

Of course, if you fancy something a little lighter, we are sure there will be something for you on our extensive cold table; fruit juices, cereals, fresh toast and local preserves, freshly baked croissants and bread, as well as a fine selection of continental meats and cheeses. A platter of fresh fruit is also available for all guests.

We also offer a simply home cooked evening menu featuring well lovingly prepared from local ingredients.

Enjoy a candle lit dinner all freshly prepared each night for the exact number of pre booked dinners we have, a simple but delicious 3 course table d'hôte dinner menu can be found here, Please note that advanced dinner reservations are required as we buy in fresh ingredients each day for the number of dinners booked. We only offer a certain amount of tables for dinner each evening and these are allocated on a first come, first served basis. We ask that you please pre-book tables at least 48 hours in advance and cannot guarantee any table reservations without this notice. We also require guests to pre-order their menu choices before 3pm on the day of dining in order to allow time for us to source and purchase the freshest of ingredients. Please also note that our restaurant is closed at certain times so please do check in advance.

Caffe Riva - Italian Restaurant in Windermere

Caffe Riva - Windermere

A brand new trendy dining and bar experience in busy Bowness on Windermere with views of the lake. If you are staying with us at The Howbeck you will receive a 10% discount on your food and drink. All you need to do is ask at The Guest House reception for a discount card.

Caffe Riva in Bowness offers True Italian coffees and loose teas. It is open from 10:00am through midnight each day. Lunches, Snacks and Romantic Evening meals are available. Caffe Riva is fast becoming the place to be seen in the busy town of Bowness on Windermere and is in view of Lake Windermere.

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Caffe Riva brings the heart and soul of Italy to the shores of the Lakeland Riviera, Pizzas Pastas and fine Italian food are mixed within a cafe wine bar experience. Caffe Riva has four separate dining areas including outside al fresco dining and is suitable for parties and Christmas works parties in the Lake District.

The brain child of a Lakeland Hotelier, Colin Monk and Cheshire-based restaurateur, Alex Mauro, the Caffe Riva concept draws its inspiration from the simplicity, quality and elegance of all things Italian. What more fitting to encapsulate this notion than the eponymous Riva? Translated literally as ‘Bank’ or ‘Shoreline’, Riva is also an iconic Italian Lake boat whose timeless beauty and grace are evocative of the halcyon dolce vita era.

The menu and wine list continue this theme of simplicity and elegance and offer the diner a true taste of Italy. Well sourced, quality ingredients simply prepared and served with warmth and gusto. With the well-represented rationality of Italian cuisine and wines going hand in hand.

Caffe Riva’s doors are open to all! So whether wanting ‘un espresso’ and a read of the morning paper, a lunchtime ‘panino’, an early evening ‘aperitivo’ and ‘cicchetti’ (Italy’s answer to tapas) or a leisurely evening meal, Caffe Riva is there to serve.

We look forward to welcoming you soon to the trendiest cafe bar restaurant in Bowness on Windermere in the English Lake District and remember to ask at the Howbeck reception for your guest discount card !

Other Restaurants in Bowness and Windermere

For those wishing to stay a little closer to home, we can recommend several fantastic restaurants in Bowness and Windermere. We have included a small selection below and our staff will be only too happy to make a reservation for you. Obviously we cannot list all of the restaurants in the Lake District, so if you have a particular preference, for instance vegetarian, please let our staff know and we can recommend alternative places to eat.

Hooked - Windermere's No.1 restaurant on Trip Advisor. Windermere's newest seafood restaurant opened in November 2010 and strives to serve you the freshest and tastiest seafood. Flavours and influences from the Mediterranean, South East Asia and Australia.

The Lamplighter Restaurant - located in the heart of Windermere village, the Lamplighter offers great quality, British cooking and a fine selection of local ales, all served in a friendly, family atmosphere. The Sunday roasts are not to be missed.

Beresfords - offering a large dining area decorated in a modern style, Beresfords' constantly changing menu specialises in contemporary European favourites, complemented by an extensive wine list.

Francine's - Francine's is a relaxed and friendly bistro-styled restaurant with an a-la-carte menu, as well as a daily specials board. Fantastic wine list and large selection of local speciality ales.

Postilion - located on a quaint cobbled street in Bowness, the Postilion is renowned for its relaxed and comfortable surroundings. Extensive menus with a wine list to match.

Giotto's - a fantastic Pizzeria serving authentic Italian food just off the main street in Windermere.

The Lighthouse - a bistro-style restaurant in the heart of Windermere village with several tables spread over three floors.

Roberto's - a charming restaurant in the centre of Bowness just a minute or so from Lake Windermere. Excellent food with a wine list to match.

Rastelli's - a superb Pizzeria on the main road to Bowness, just a five minute walk from the Howbeck.

Jintana Thai - fantastic Thai restaurant in the centre of Bowness on Windermere offering diners a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and freshly prepared, authentic Thai cuisine.

Michelin Star Dining

Our exclusive alliance with Holbeck Ghyll has proved very popular and for those looking for a memorable dining experience, be it lunch or dinner, this is perfect. Guests are greeted with a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival, followed by a fabulous Michelin Star meal in the restaurant, which offers breathtaking views of Lake Windermere and the Lakeland fells beyond.

Alternatively why not book a wonderful afternoon tea, set in beautiful surroundings overlooking the lake, at just £14.95 per person.

Or, for true relaxation, why not book a full pamper day at £159.00 per person. As a guest of the Howbeck you will be greeted with a complimentary glass of bubbly to start your special day of indulgence.

Please note, forward reservations are highly recommended due to the popularity of the restaurant and spa at Holbeck Ghyll.

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