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Charming customers with its idyllic lakeside setting and the prettiest of views, The Waterhead Inn Ambleside is a must-visit place to eat, drink and stay in the Lake District.

With Waterhead Pier handily opposite and an easy stroll from Ambleside centre, The Waterhead Inn is an ideal springboard into the magnificent Lake District and gives many an option, whether you’re stopping off for a relaxing drink, enjoying a spot of good, home-cooked food with superb views to match or winding down with a pub stay away.

Open daily throughout the year, be sure to have The Waterhead Inn on your list to stay for accommodation in the Lake District. Tuck into our stand-out Cumbrian fare and enjoy a great choice of hot and cold drinks inside our relaxed bar and dining areas or from our outdoor terrace with its unparalleled lake views. The Inn is also close to the historic Rydal Mount & Gardens, Wordsworth’s favourite family home.


Waterhead Inn Ambleside Room Overview

The Waterhead Inn Ambleside is the perfect place to return to after a long day’s walking or exploring. Visitors staying in superior rooms can look out over stunning views of England’s largest lake, Windermere.

With its unrivalled location alongside Windermere Lake, must-visit gems including Grasmere, Keswick, Ullswater and Hawkshead are within easy reach making The Waterhead Inn just the place for a Lake District getaway.

Please note: A non-smoking policy operates in all of our bedrooms, bar and dining area. Designated outdoor smoking areas are available.

Guest check in is from 2.30pm until 11pm and check out is from 7.30am until 10.30am.

All rooms have a plastic tray for muddy boots, while we will always do our best to help dry soggy clothes and store equipment.

For parties looking for excellent value bed and breakfast accommodation in the Lake District for corporate or tourism groups, The Waterhead Inn Ambleside will be the perfect venue. Please contact us to discuss your group travel requirements.

Waterhead Inn Ambleside Room Facilities

The Waterhead Inn Ambleside has flexible accommodation options with spacious ensuite rooms available as king size double, twin and single room options, with family suites and designated dog friendly room options.  Fully accessible rooms suitable for wheelchair users are also available.

In your room:

  • Freeview television with radio channels
  • Free WiFi
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Complimentary sleep kit
  • Hairdryer

A complimentary full Cumbrian breakfast is included in room rates (unless specified when booking).

There is limited parking available on-site – vehicles are left at the discretion of guests.

Dog-friendly rooms are available, subject to a pet supplement of £10 per dog, per night.

A dog friendly pub with lake views in Ambleside

A skip away from Windermere shore and surrounded by England’s largest national park with its myriad trails, it’s easy to see why The Waterhead Inn at Ambleside is perfect for pooches.

Whether you’re looking for dog friendly accommodation in Ambleside, or a relaxing place to visit for drinks or where you can enjoy dining with four-legged members of the family alongside, The Waterhead Inn is a dog friendly Lake District pub to make a beeline for.

After a day’s exertion exploring fell and lake trails, forests or taking to the water, there are plenty of cosy corners for happy dogs to curl up, relax and dream about their day, while you settle back with a drink and good food.

The Waterhead Inn Pub

Raise a glass in The Waterhead Inn, by the shores of Windermere.

Take in the atmosphere of one of the Lakes’ loveliest spots from The Waterhead Inn with its wow-factor location on the shoreline of Windermere.

Few things match sitting with your favourite drink in front of a spectacular view. Perched on the edge of England’s largest lake, Windermere, opposite the jetty where boats chug to and fro and where swans and ducks paddle, The Waterhead Inn is just the place to soak it all in.

We’ve brewed a recipe for success

The Waterhead Inn at Ambleside has a great choice of cask ales, lagers, ciders, speciality gins and cocktails as well as quality teas, coffees and hot chocolates – perfect for warming up after a bracing walk.

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