After completing your day’s adventure in one of the UK’s most beautiful natural landscapes, whether it be scaling the fells, completing the Wainwrights, enjoying a guided trip, or splashing around with the many water-sports that are available, you will now no doubt be looking forward to one of the many hostelries that are in store for you to compliment your visit to Keswick!
I enjoy nothing better than starting my experience by strolling across to the ‘Fox Tap’ to sample the many fine ales that they have on tap, whether your choice be keg or cask or even a local gin or two, equally they run tours and have their own shop that you can take some of their wares away (I often do), why not have a peek and a cheeky look at their website, you definitely will not be disappointed!
After relaxing with a pint and reliving the day’s first adventure, I will often head on into the market square where there is choice galore, from the old stereotypical English pub with roaring fires (a firm favourite) to more up-market bistro style cocktail bars, the choice of hostelries in Keswick is most definitely yours to be had and equally, you can find little gems of places to sit, relax and chew the fat in and around Keswick when you go exploring.
I can often be seen at the Dog and Gun, its often a magnet for tourists so seats are often at a premium in peak season, but it has a homely local relaxed vibe, plenty of dogs to stroke and their famous Hungarian Goulash is enough to soak up some fine guest ales and often goes down a treat. I am equally a creature of habit and if I haven’t had a food stop yet, I will make my way across the cobbled path to either pick up some fudge from Roly’s fudge pantry or an amazing ice cream from Casa Bella Gelateria, if my partner in crime ‘Becky’ is with me and the sun is shining then it is definitely the latter….I may however just have to nip into the ‘The Cornish Pasty’ for a tasty treat as they are lush!
By then I am now most definitely starting to feel a little thirsty once more so I will always be drawn for a pint in the Wainwrights that pays homage to the great man himself ‘Alfred Wainwright’ author and illustrator of the seven pictorial guides of the Lake District and most discerning walkers desire to conquer the 214 fells they elude to, it is one of my favourite little pubs that serves some great real ales (I am sure by now you are aware I do like my real ales!) and they do a nice homemade steak and ale Lakeland pie as well as a host of other good pub grub. If you carry on heading down towards Hope Park then you can’t not step your foot into the Belgian bar or ‘Magnolia’ not only is it a place to have coffee but is now home to the Twisted Magnolia Brew House & Tap Room and is a great little place to meet up, they will often have live music on in the evenings and they, of course, serve food to go with the large variety of craft keg beer and cider!
With such a wide variety of eclectic tastes that I could cover, there are a few stalwarts that guests have enjoyed, if you like your big Desperate Dan pies then ‘The George’ will sure to be a hit, it may be your older style country pub, but the staff are friendly, and the Cow Pie is great. If you want to try further afield then equally just on the outskirts of Keswick is ‘The Pheasant Inn’ and their Lakeland Pie washed down with some great beer is a firm favourite of mine.
If burgers are your thing and you like a contemporary Keswick style West Coast vibe then ‘The Round’ will be a sure-fire winner, and you do not even have had to complete the ‘Bob Graham Round’ of a mere 42 peaks and 28,000ft of ascent, in less than 24 hours! The burgers are lovely with great little twists and the cocktails are amazing! If you a fancy a more relaxed evening, then its sister place ‘The Fellpack’ is a really nice place to unwind with your partner and make sure that you book early to avoid disappointment.
As we could go on and talk about most hostelries in Keswick and the Lakes….and I could ha! from great little places such as Casa Bella and Merianda’s, to eating pan Asian at ‘The Mizu’ or smaller bites of Tapas and ‘The Square Orange’ or ‘The eS Bar’ to sitting around warm fire side places such as ‘The Swinside Inn’ or ‘The Kirkstile Inn’ out in Loweswater, or having a unique afternoon tea at ‘The Wild Boar’ in Windermere, I feel that this could be a great place to start a monthly blog and spotlight a few that have caught people’s eye or started your tastebuds tingling, from Michelin star to amazing cafes for lunch time treats, we will let you decide! So, ply us with your experiences for the benefit of all our guests and when we get great feedback from you, whether it be in Keswick or the surrounding area then we will coin a few words and perhaps post a few pictures to keep you all engaged. So, what are you waiting for? Other than an ease in lockdown! Stay positive and we will eventually get out there, and of course we will be waiting to hear all your stories and your culinary experiences!