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Meet Liam, owner of the Angel Inn, Bowness


"This is always the area where I’ve felt most comfortable. It’s just a beautiful place to be and you know everybody and you say hello when you’re walking down the street."
Meet Liam, owner of the Angel Inn, Bowness

by Lake District Pound

April 21, 2018


Liam Salisbury, from Windermere, owns the Angel Inn, Bowness, with his wife Abigail and her parents.

“Abigail and I have been together since we were 19 and I’ve always worked on and off in catering and I grew up washing up in a restaurant down the road.

“I did live away in Leeds at university for a couple of years, but this is always the area where I’ve felt most comfortable. It’s just a beautiful place to be and you know everybody and you say hello when you’re walking down the street.

“We bought the place back in 2003, it was guest house then called Crag Brow Cottage, with just a little bar and no garden to speak of. So, in 2005 we began developing it and turned it into The Angel.

“In the summertime the garden gets the sun pretty much all day and it’s one of the best views from a pub in the Lakes. We’re really focused on providing really good food and drink and creating a nice, relaxed atmosphere and it tends to be the place that everybody stops at for an early evening drink on their way into town.

“Bowness has got a few independent pubs and bars, which is really good because they keep their individuality and the owners make a real effort to make sure the service is good and you get the best experience. We’ve got about 25 people working for us here and we try and use local people for all the work we do on the upkeep and maintenance.

“When we’re not working here, we like to go out and try other places really - there’s plenty of good pubs and restaurants to choose from in the Lakes.

“When I’m not doing that I am managing the local football team. I played for Windermere all my life in central defence and now I manage them and I’m always at training and matches. It’s not as easy as it used to be to get a team together, because more and more people are moving away, but it’s still a really important thing for the community.

“If you want to spend a nice hour or so here, there are so many beautiful short walks you can take right from town up to Brant Fell or School Knott. People are always surprised by how quick and easy it is to get up there and how good the views are. Then afterwards you can come back down here for a well-earned drink in the sunshine.”

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