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Hole in t’ Wall

Fallbarrow Road Bowness on Windermere A23 3DH

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.

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