Built in 1877, the building started life as an independent chemist and following a significant refurbishment in 2002 the building re-opened as a three-floor café, bar and restaurant.
Dutton Cuisine currently operates two other food establishments in the region -The Pig in Windermere and the Village Bar & Grill in neighbouring Bowness.
“The Lighthouse is an iconic feature of Windermere’s high street and acts as a focal point to the town,” said founder Ian Dutton. “We’re pleased to be able to continue the legacy of such a historic building and safeguard jobs.
“We will be completely refurbishing the building and installing a state-of-the-art kitchen in addition to revamping the menu to offer fresh homemade food made with ingredients from the local area.
“NatWest’s funding was vital to the purchase and the process was streamlined by their strong support throughout. This was assisted by the work of Colin Johnson at Moore and Smalley Accountants, which made the deal possible.”
NatWest Relationship Manager Mark Ward added: “Ian Dutton is an excellent local entrepreneur, taking a true hands-on approach to running his business.
“The relationship between the bank and Dutton Cuisine began 15 years ago, and has gone from strength-to-strength as the business has developed. We’re excited to see where it will go in the future.”