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Tower Bank Arms, Ambleside

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Stones Lane
Near Sawrey
Postal town: Ambleside
LA22 0LF

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Tower Bank Arms

Splendid little pub, a stiff walk up the hill from the Windermere ferry, but you also pass the Cuckoo Brow halfway so the two can be handily combined. Anyway, this one adjoins Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's house, so it is doubtless a popular spot in more normal times. However, it is small inside the bar area so if the rear dining room isn't in use then the compact terraced beer garden and a few wooden benches out front also help. Four cask beers on the five handpumps when I visited, with a pair from Hawkshead and two from Cumbrian Ales - Loweswater Gold and Langdale (£3.90).

On 1st October 2020 - rating: 8
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Soup Dragon left this review about The Tower Bank Arms

A brilliantly quirky and irregular-shaped detached cottage pub that also does accommodation. It claims to be 17th century and has a patio area. The pub itself is in cream, with green paintwork around the door and windows. There is a bay window downstairs, the rest being a mix of sash and casement, and there is a nice porched entrance with a clock mounted above. There are a couple of rooms inside, which i saw briefly (as i took my beers out). Ther backroom seemed laid out for dining and was in cream. The front bar room, also had a dinig area. This room was in wood and white panel. There was is old kitched range, old photos, plates, fishing rods and lots of other ephemera to keep you interested - and a grandfather clock too - all good fun. There was no TV that i saw and no music played. The service was friendly and the usual tourist crowd moved in and out. Beer; usual tap stuff with Barngates Catnap and Cracker Ale, Cunbrian Loweswater Gold and Hawkeshead Bitter and Brodies Prime. I tried them all, they were well kept and I enjoyed them greatly. It is a place for tourists, of course it is, but it has great service and the beers are excellent - go, if you can get in!

On 7th May 2013 - no rating submitted
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Tower Bank Arms

Small and historic pub next door to Beatrix Potter's cottage. One bar room, with dining room off to side. Good selection of local beers, and food, but not all day. Here's a tip if visiting cottage at busy times - park in main car park down hill, obtain timed admission ticket there and wait your time in the pub!

On 7th September 2011 - rating: 8
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Will Larter left this review about The Tower Bank Arms

A tiny pub with low beams and slate floor, which has the distinction of featuring in a drawing in one of Beatrix Potter's books (The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck). There are a couple of benches outside, but most customers squeeze into the very pleasant interior, where in winter a very welcome fire is to be found to the right of the bar.

Beers from local breweries feature on the five hand pumps, including Barngates and Hawkshead. I had the excellent Brodies Prime from the latter. As it was lunch time, I also had a cheese sandwich made from local cheese on chunky granary bread, which was very good. We may have been lucky finding a parking space, as the Beatrix Potter house was temporarily closed for maintenance. If you're staying in Windermere or Bowness, this pub is easily accessed via the ferry across the lake, unless you want to go all the way round through Ambleside and Hawkshead.

On 13th July 2011 - rating: 8
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