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Reviews - The Royal Oak Inn

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Brantfell Road Bowness on Windermere, Windermere, LA23 3EG
The Royal Oak is a small, busy, family run Inn with a warm welcoming atmosphere for the walker, tourist and business visitor alike. Our traditional Inn is non-smoking throughout, and with no late residents bar last orders are at 11pm weekdays and 12pm weekends. We are long standing member of CAMRA with a minimum of five real ales at any one time.

Situated in the very heart of Bowness on Windermere, The Royal Oak is literally a stone's throw from the Bowness Bay piers, where you can take in the stunning views across Lake Windermere and perhaps board a steamship cruise. We are only a few minutes' walk from the many traditional craft and gift shops and only five minutes from The World of Beatrix Potter. Our Inn is proud to say it is the official finishing point of Alistair Wallace's 'The Dalesway Walk' and the starting point of his guide 'The Lake to Lake Walk'.

The Royal Oak has a variety of double rooms most en-suite with the exception of two which share a bathroom and for which bathrobes are provided. Each room has tea/coffee making facilities, radio alarm clock, TV and a hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi connection is available. Whilst our rooms vary in size, they are, without exception, extremely comfortable and are traditionally styled with a homely feel. We are widely renowned for our kind hearted hospitality and, of course, for 'The Royal Oak Full English' breakfast! Evening meals are offered and car parking is available. All our meals are prepared from the fresh, locally sourced, ingredients. Please ring in advance with any specific dietary requirements (015394 43970).

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92% recommended this accommodation to a friend 90% would stay again
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Excellent find very friendly and lovely food and service
We booked this on a spur of a moment thing for the weekend with our son and future daughter in law.
We've stayed in the lakes for years in many hotels and paid a lot more and had worse rooms and food!! When we arrived we were immediately made welcome by the staff and shown to our rooms. Rooms were exceptionally clean and had fresh towels arranged on the bed. Room had also not long been painted too. We were not really expecting too much with the money we paid but what. Surprise breakfast was wonderfully cooked and their was plenty of choice for all from fruit and yoghurt to cereals and full English breakfast presented, lovely and plenty of coffee and toast too! We had a great weekend and ate in the restaurant, had the excellent christmas three course meal with all the trimmings food was lovely, presented well and cooked fresh. Bar was very welcoming and we had excellent staff especially Sinead who made the best "cheeky v's". Many thanks to all who made it a lovely trip we will definitely be returning!

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J Passey

From Halesowen, UK
Who stayed in December 2014

Family with teenage children

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Ideal accommodation in the centre of Bowness
The people were very friendly, let us park our car well before checking in and after checking out. The room was very cosy but included everything we needed for one night. The room was clean and comfortable.

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David Cheetham

From Bollington, UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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Short Break
Made a warm welcome and given an upgrade on arrival.
All the staff were very friendly and as we had read previously the breakfast was good and very tasty.
Centrally situated in Bowness and we really enjoyed our stay and would not hesitate to return.

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JOHN L

From UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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Excellent stay
Staff very curteous and helpful. The rooms were clean and well kept though i would have preferred it a little warmer. We were upgraded due to a cancellation (at no extra cost) so breakfast was therefore served in our room. Lovely breakfast very plentiful and hot. We ate at lunchtime in the bar (also given 10% voucher off meals) and found there was a good selection on offer. The Royakl Oak Inn obviously does very well as a pub and was very busy throughout the day.

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B Armstrong

From UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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Welcoming place to stay
From the moment we arrived the customer service was great. Lovely breakfast and nothing too much trouble. Would stay there again.

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A Nanson

From Sunderland, UK
Who stayed in November 2014

Couple

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Great atmosphere,friendly staff and overall lovely experience.

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S Buckley

From Manchester, UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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Great stay
We had a great stay in this lovely little pub! The staff were friendly and helpful. The room was spotless!

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Steven B

From Manchester, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

Couple

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A decent place to stay
A lovely pub with accommodation above. Ticks all the boxes, comfortable and well run. Only comment is the car parking, which you soon get used to!

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T Rowlands

From London, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

Couple

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Friendly staff, warm and comfy room, excellent breakfast, what more can you ask.
Handy to have free parking, right in the centre of Bowness. Join the queue for the shared bathroom, it's a pub after all but no complaints from me.

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richard w

From Stourbridge, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

Couple

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Staff were very friendly and helpful. The location of the place was very good with it being in of bowness. Breakfast very good with a lot of choice available.

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deb f

From UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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