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The Lamplighter Dining Rooms

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Why We Love It

  • This family-run Victorian hotel is 15 minutes' walk from Lake Windermere
  • Beatrix Potter's house Hill Top is a 30-minute drive away
  • The hotel's restaurant is recommended by The Guardian's Jay Rayner

Enjoyed This
(128 Member Ratings)
"The staff are extremely well mannered and make you feel a welcomed guest. The food is very good and a step up from typical pub grub"
Jan 18, 2018
Preston, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

There is free parking on site, and Windermere railway station is less than five minutes' walk from the hotel.

Rooms & Rates

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The Lamplighter Dining Rooms is a family-run hotel in the heart of Windermere town. The property dates back to 1865, and is built from Lakeland stone. 

The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Lake Windermere -- "the queen of Lake District lakes" (Lonely Planet). Rough Guides recommends hiking up to Orrest Head (10 minutes' walk) for the panoramic views. National Trust-run Hill Top, the house Beatrix Potter bought with the royalties from her books, is 30 minutes' drive from the hotel. Dove Cottage, where poet William Wordsworth lived, is a 20-minute drive away. You can take a guided tour of the house and gardens, and visit The Wordsworth Museum, which displays his original letters, journals and poems.

The restaurant serves traditional British dishes, and was a Taste Cumbria Dining Experience of the Year finalist in the 2016 Cumbria Tourism Awards.The Guardian's critic Jay Rayner is a fan of the "glorious" bone-on rib of beef and a "magnificent" cauliflower cheese, which are served at Sunday lunch. The bar stocks local ales, wine and over 15 varieties of gin. There is a roaring fire in the winter.

In keeping with the 19th-century building, bedrooms have a Victorian look, with striped wallpaper and polished-wood beds. All have renovated bathrooms.

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  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.

Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra guests charges apply as follows: £5 per night for a child aged 2 and under, when staying in a cot/crib. This does not include breakfast. Cot/crib available on request. Please use the Special Requests field to request a cot. There is no extra bed available for older children or adults. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices. Please use the Special Request field on the checkout page to confirm the age of the child.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and are charged at £10 per pet, per night.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Enjoyed This
(128 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Lamplighter Dining Rooms Ltd (t/a The Lamplighter Dining Rooms) over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The staff are extremely well mannered and make you feel a welcomed guest. The food is very good and a step up from typical pub grub
Other Comments
Rooms comfortable and clean and there are dog friendly rooms available
Peter Jan 18, 2018 Preston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Absolutely amazing experience from start to finish, staff were very welcoming and friendly and value for money is exceptional. Food (tea and breakfast) were delicious with big portions and only a 20 minute walk down to the lake.
Jenny Jan 09, 2018 Warrington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food and the staff
Other Comments
Portions of food were incredibly generous.: I’ve never had so much fabulous smoke salmon
katrina Dec 15, 2017 London, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The 3 course set menu - which was included in the excellent price.
Other Comments
1. Free Parking 2. Location is ideal - for shops and train station 3. Ensuite Bedroom - large King size, coffee machine etc... with a great view of the main thoroughfare to Windermere. 4. Warm and welcoming staff and service provided - very important for a return visit.
Amanda Dec 15, 2017 Whitehaven, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food and customer service was excellent. Very clean.
Karen Dec 13, 2017 Southport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Carol Dec 08, 2017 Accrington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
the food was of a high standard
Kenneth Nov 30, 2017 Belfast, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The service and the ambience.
Other Comments
The toilet in our room wasn't working. However, a quiet word with the bar manager and we were moved to another (superior) room. Problem solved - great service - no fuss. In fact the service - greeting, bar/restaurant and breakfast - was excellent. So too were the dinner and breakfast. Great food and beautifully presented. If we're in the area again, we shall certainly stay at the Lamplighter Dining Rooms.
Michael Nov 30, 2017 SandbachSandbach, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Lovely hotel. Great location, fantastic evening meal.
Barbara Nov 30, 2017 Shipley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food, which was excellent.
Other Comments
The staff were all friendly and helpful. The rooms were warm and comfortable. I look forward to my next visit to the Lamplighter.
Richard Nov 30, 2017 Pwllheli, United Kingdom

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