Hole in t’ Wall

Lively and unchanging town local with popular ales and friendly staff


Speciality beers
Cask ales
Live Entertainment
  • Sandwiches sold

Bar food times: 12-2.30, 6-8.30; 12-8 Fri, Sat; 12-5 Sun

Typical main dish: Lamb Henry with chips or new potatoes, minted gravy, vegetables and mint sauce

Typical main dish price: £12.25

Average two course evening meal price: £17

  • Speciality beers
  • Cask ales

Price of cheapest bitter: £3.70

Name of cheapest bitter: Robinsons

Live music Fri and every other Sun Easter-Christmas

  • Children allowed in the bar

The good pub guide review

As the oldest pub in Bowness, dating to 1612, the Hole in t' Wall has garnered a wealth of historical character. Its name is attributed to a hole in a wall knocked through by a thirsty blacksmith who couldn't wait for a pint, and it was once run by a champion wrestler described by Charles Dickens as a quiet-looking giant. There's plenty to look at in the character bar, and the split-level rooms have beams, stripped stone and flagstones, lots of country knick-knacks and old pictures, and a splendid log fire beneath a vast slate mantelpiece, with red walls and stools also warming up the dark-panelled room; upstairs, there some noteworthy plasterwork. There's Robinsons Dizzy Blonde, Hartleys XB, Smooth and Unicorn plus a couple of guest beers on handpump, thoughtfully curated lists of whiskies, gins and rums; juke box in the bottom bar. The small flagstoned front courtyard has sheltered picnic-sets and outdoor heaters.

The good pub guide food review

Bar food made on the premises includes sandwiches, jacket potatoes, pork pie and scratchings, country-style pâté, lasagne, fish pie and a curry of the day and puddings such as sticky toffee pudding.

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Contact Details

Hole in t’ Wall, Robinson Place, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3DH

(015394) 43488

Pub Group: Robinsons

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11

Saturday: 11am-11.30pm Fri, Sat

Sunday: 12-11