Elm Tree Lodge
Our 'Eating Out in Keswick' mini guide
There are a plethora of places to eat out in Keswick. There's been quite a few new venues open recently and this has been great for Keswick as it has added to the already diverse range of eateries.
So we would like to take this opportunity to mention a few of our recommendations for eating out whilst you are staying at our B&B. I have also provided contact numbers so that you can book in advance to avoid being disappointed as they can get rather busy.
There are any number of pubs providing the usual prawn cocktail / scampi and chips / sticky toffee pudding menu but there are also a few that have a little bit more flair and imagination.
The Pheasant - it's on the outskirts of town but the walk there is very pleasant, especially if you go along the river or through the park (we'll give you directions). Really good food and a well thought out menu. 017687 72219. They are here
The George - Another great venue with bags of character. You can either have pub food at your table in the bar area or go through to the dining room area for a more formal sit down approach. Mostly good but it can vary. 017687 72076. They are just before you enter the market square here
The Royal Oak - Originally an 18th Century Coaching House this pub benefits from a great location and has retained plenty of character. You can enjoy pub food at your table in the bar area and sample their selection of fine ales. Booking advised. 017687 74584. They are just before you enter the market square here
Bars that do meals
Another recent addition is Derwent Walker which has a great menu and fab decor and ambience. It is a stylish new Café Bar opening in Keswick. Café through the day and Bar/ Restaurant at night. Serving Delicious Food, illy Coffee, Beer and Cocktails 017687 73275. You'll find them here
And yet another recent new venue is Lake Road Brunch. They do Brunch, Pancakes and Cocktails. Enough said. I'd highly recommend a pre dinner visit for a Long Island Iced Tea. Unfortunately they close at 7ish but when it's cocktail o'clock then it's cocktail o'clock. 017687 85474. They are here
Last on the list is Lake District Wine which is a very pleasant wine bar - but they only do light nibbles. Worth a visit if you want to sample some great wines and have a chilled experience. 017687 75799 017687 75799. They are here
Casa Bella - A very good spot just around the corner from us. Virtually always jam packed which has got to be a good reflection. They have substantially improved over the years and have also expanded. They do fantastic ice cream, which is home made on the premises, and you can have that as dessert, to eat in their gellateria or to take away in a cone. 017687 75575. They are not far away at all here
The Lodore Falls Hotel - It's out of town but is worth the visit. A spendid building in a spectacular setting. Very traditional in atmosphere but refreshingly modern in the menu department. A brill option is to take the Keswick Launch across the lake and walk from the landing to the hotel (5 mins) and go for Sunday lunch (4 courses + coffee £16.95) and then get the launch back to Keswick again. A real treat. 017687 77285. NOTE - there are times of year when the Lake is a little bit too low for the launch to get to the Lodore Falls landing. In which case why not take the open top bus or walk along the lake shore? Makes a great day out. They are here
Barua Street Food is a new addition to the Keswick scene. It's the evening extension to Lake Road Brunch and serves some great spicy dishes and cocktails. Open Weds to Sat from 5:30 to 10:30 it would be worth making a reservation. They are here
The Star of Siam - this venue has recently changed to being a Thai restaurant. We were very pleasantly surprised. Very good food by a Thai chef in a nice atmosphere with good service for a fairly decent price. They also do a great lunchtime menu where you get to try a number of dishes. 017687 71444. They are just the other side of town here
There are a whole host of cafes in town - some are better than the others. The best, though, is:
The Square Orange - A really good cafe / bar. Great coffee and teas in a great setting and nice atmosphere. Really good for reading the Sunday papers over a coffee. They also do Pizzas, paninis and Tapas. Highly recommended. 017687 73888. They are here
The Bridge Cafe - I must admit that I have not managed to eat here yet but the location is great and the menu looks pretty good. 017687 72111. They are just the other side of town and can be found here
Across the lake
If you decide to go for a walk around Derwentwater or perhaps take the launch across for a mooch up and over Cat Bells then be sure to drop in at Lingholm on your way back (they are here). It is situated between the Hawse End and Derwentwater Marina landing stages so can easily be reached using the Keswick launch or you can just call in as part of your walk around the lake. It's a great place for coffee and cake in the morning, a hearty meal for lunch, a delicious afternoon tea or you can just pop in for an ice cream. Indoor and outdoor seating available in amongst the walled garden area (that apparently was the inspiration for Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit).
There are plenty of other places to eat out and we would really appreciate your views and in particular any recommendations.
Our B&B Accommodation
All of the rooms in our B&B here in Keswick have been furnished to the highest standard and we have strived to create as pleasant an atmosphere as possible. We want you to enjoy your stay with us in comfort and style. You can check availability here