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Hole in t’ Wall

Fallbarrow Road Bowness on Windermere A23 3DH 01539 443 488

We say

Best pub in Bowness? That would be the oldest, the Hole in t’ Wall – named, it’s said, after the hole through which pints of ale were passed to the horsemen in the days when this was a coaching inn. It’s a proper traditional lakeland pub – plenty of character inside and out – and on a summer’s day the sun-trap terrace fills quickly with hikers, tourists and not a few bemused Japanese visitors on their way to or from the nearby Beatrix Potter attraction. The food is just so-so, but there are some good beers on tap.

You say Average Rating ★★☆☆☆

My favourite pub in Bowness - but not for all the family ★★☆☆☆

The H in't W is a great drinking hole if you like real ale, low ceilings and beams, as I do. Somewhere to go and get a decent pint (half for the lady) and while away some time with the missus or a pal or two. However, it does have notable drawbacks. It’s always full to the brim whenever there is a touch of sun in the sky, making it difficult to get in and out of or to find a seat. Its not best suited to going there with a family. Most families consist of mum, dad, kids, and possibly a dog. The latter, the dog, is not allowed indoors. Now, it is a pub that serves food granted, but me and the dog have been in many pubs that serve food and there's never been a problem. At the H in't W the poor old boy has to stay outside. The other issue is good luck getting in the door or moving about inside if you have a buggy/pram. There isn't the room and you get a serious look of scorn from staff and regulars if you try. I admit it is narrow due to the layout of the building, but there are times when you cant leave the buggy outside e.g. when baby is asleep, so you have to bring them in too (the social services don't like you leaving the baby outside with the dog while you are indoors having a pint). At the H in't W its just not very practical or easy for all the family. Price is as prices are in most pubs nowadays - expensive, but that's what you expect for a pub in a tourist attraction as Bowness. To sum up worth a visit for the beer and atmosphere but leave the kids and the dog at home.

Hole in t’ Wall reviewed by on March 30th, 2012

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Bar meals £9–£12


  • Open Fire
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Pub Lunch
  • Real Ale


Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun noon–11pm

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