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Fat Olives brasserie

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Lake Road | Bowness-On-Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BJ, England
+44 15394 47447
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went yesterday evening with friends for dinner. The food was superb well priced. The wine was excellent too. Lovely music and atmosphere. Must try.

Thank steven w
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food and a lovely atmosphere - definitely worth a visit for dinner if you're looking for something a bit different.

Thank Roo123456789
Derby, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great meal at "Balans", previously "Fat Olives". We arrived relatively late on Friday night on the first weekend in Feb, very hungry and not knowing Bowness, passed Balans and went in. I had lovely oliver oil and balsamic vinegar with artisan breads for staters, then pan roasted lamb which was superb, washed down by an excellent couple of glasses... More 

Thank TonyR1235
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this nice restraunt with my rather deaf Grandfather who likes his wine and my lovely little grandmother. The owner introduced himself (as my grandparents asked why it was no longer Fat Olives) and he told us about the new menu. A wide and wonderful choice (although I'm sure when he's 6 months in he shall add some more... More 

Thank lucynewbery
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a lovely meal at this new business, the owner is on a new venture an to me has got his menu spot on, lovely atmosphere the staff where smart an very polite, my girlfriend had Scott egg with crispy bacon and mustard mayo, which was cooked perfectly, I had the tomato and rosemary soup which was warming an very... More 

2 Thank xxblueboy86xx
Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

We really only visited during our New Year stays in Windermere when it was run as Fat Olives. It's since changed hands and I'm sure the new owners will probably make a go of it in time. Though the food was perfectly acceptable, it took a while to get the drinks and, more of a problem, one of the starters... More 

Thank daveyg1138
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

Also booked for this under the Fat Olives banner some while ago but no issues with the new owner who honoured the booking and deposit. My Wife and I had the chicken in a leek, bacon and white wine sauce, was superb. Our son and daughter had the sausage and mash and burger respectively - no complaints. Good buzz about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Had previously made the booking over the phone with Fat olives which we have been a few times before. I rang before New years day to give the film time as I had booked meal/cinema deal. Film deal no longer on as now Balans new management. We had Salmon and calamari starters an steak burgers an chips mains. Lovely no... More 

2 Thank KarenMc74
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

Under new management now called Balan's. Visited New Years Day for dinner. Excellent food, friendly staff, enjoyable visit, would return again most definitely.

2 Thank Bethmac64
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

We had previously booked Fat Olives for new years eve. However, the restaurant is now under new management and is called Balans. The new owner honoured our booking and our deposit which we appreciated. I have to say our meal was lovely. Our starter was a small portion of bbq ribs which was nice. For our mains, my wife had... More 

3 Thank Paul J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $44
Italian, Mediterranean, European, British, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lake Road | Bowness-On-Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Phone Number: +44 15394 47447
A friendly English and Mediterranean brasserie style restaurant, open from 4pm serving freshly prepared, home cooked food. A varied menu offering light snacks, sharing plates, grills and regularly changing specials. Excellent childrens menu available. Also offering a Cinema and Meal deal in co-operation with the Royalty Cinema which is just across the road.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?