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The Old John Peel Inn

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Bar, British, Pub
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Rayrigg Road | Bowness-on-Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BZ, England
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here this afternoon. We were looking for a dog friendly pub & the place we'd called in previously was full, so we came here by default! Served quickly Portions were generous. I had scampi, chips & peas & my fiance has fish, chips & peas. The meals came to around £17. The 2 pints of Fosters were expensive... More 

Thank Baulagirl
Lake District
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223 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Never been back for years! Old stomping ground! Met up with some friends, changes have been made but some things remain. However, fantastic roaring real coal fire!! Just what you want on a wet Saturday night! Meals available, pub food and whilst we didn't eat others looked okay. Nice friendly atmosphere.

Thank Helvellyn2009
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Had dinner on our first night in bowness here and compared to other places, it was quite disappointing. Food seemed to be served very quickly and looked as if it had just been warmed up. Nice enough but there are better places.

Thank LJ-Ainger
Manchester, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Called in a couple of times during our recent rainy stay. Greeted by a roaring log fire. Pleasant welcome. reasonably priced drinks and large portioned food. The kids meal we ordered would have filled a full grow adult. It's not gourmet cuisine, but it certainly filled you up. They did a nice mulled wine and cake for a good price... More 

Thank webby34
Bury, United Kingdom
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277 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Stopped here for lunch whilst visiting Bowness. Nothing much to shout about from the outside, but nice and welcoming inside with an open fire. Usual pub menu, with sandwiches, baked potatoes and hot meals. I had the steak and ale pie with fresh veg whilst the others had baked potato. Nice food, reasonable price, considering the area, and served promptly.

Thank David H
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Visited last friday evening for a couple of drinks and food which were good and served by friendly welcoming staff.there was an open fire but the seats near it were already taken! A comfortable traditional pub.

Thank Barbara D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Well what can i say the chef Served us a mixed grill The only thing wrong Was the lamb chop was off Stank the pyb out. How can a chef not tell he Had cooked a lamb chop that So bad the whole pub could smell it so so poor Got my money back Will deffo not be going Back... More 

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228 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

I have never been to the John Peel but decided to call in at lunchtime. We had a tuna pasta bake and a stack burger. Really good hot homemade food. I'm not a fan of garnish or the sweetcorn in the bake but other than that the food was first class. Nice surroundings - would call again!

Thank Kazza9173
Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Boxing Day evening and looking for a bite to eat, barmaid was lovely and suggested a seat by the fire. Nothing fancy on the menu but well cooked and plenty of it.

Thank sisterbliss1
Billingham, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I've been coming to bowness for many years. And I've always walked past the old john peel. Up until few days ago when went away for my birthday with my partner and my daughter. Popped in on way back to lodge, and it's lovely inside. Very welcoming and friendly, lovely mulled wine and mince pie. The traditional ales are nice... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rayrigg Road | Bowness-on-Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Bowness-on-Windermere
Postcode - LA23 3BZ

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