Folk – the best breakfast in Windermere

During our last visit to Windermere, we enjoyed a lovely brunch at Folk, right in the bustling centre of Bowness-on-Windermere. Bowness and the town of Windermere are one single municipal area, even though each town still has its own recognisable town centre, roughly 2km (25mins walk) from each other. Bowness is basically the harbour of Windermere and it is here that the fun outdoor activities have their starting point and most of the social life takes place.

Folk is squeezed into a quiet, tiny, centuries-old alleyway just off the main street, about two minutes’ walk from the lakeshore. There was one couple in front of us in the queue, and after less than five minutes we were led to our table on the top floor.

The ambience of the café is very pleasant, with a lot of wood and light. While the menu is extremely limited and only contains eight items, none of which are proper dishes. There are sandwiches, egg rolls, and a ciabatta, some of it vegetarian. That said, we found several of the options appealing and pondered for a while which ones we should go for.

In the end I walked down to the cashier’s desk on the ground floor to order two Folk Club Sandwiches (£9 each), grilled halloumi and sliced avocado (£2 each), a flat white and a latte (roughly £3 each). It was only after I had ordered and paid, that the waiter told me that it will be a 30min wait, which is not ideal.


On the other hand, we were on holiday, this was a fun place, and neither of us minded doing some conversing and checking the internet for weather reports and the news. Oh.. and the coffee! Definitely the best one we have enjoyed in the Lake District so far.

To the minute half an hour after I had placed my order, our two sandwiches arrived with some crisps on the side, and, on request, some mayo and ketchup in little pots. The food was very tasty and surprisingly filling for a relatively small meal.

We will definitely be back during our next visit. 4 out of 5 in our book.

Looking for more restaurant reviews? Check out our posts about tapas in Barcelona, Delizie d’Italia in London, or The Buttery in Brockenhurst. And why not have a look at our article about packrafting in Wales.

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