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Where to Eat in Keswick - From Traditional Pubs to Tapas Bars

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You will not go hungry in Keswick. The town caters for tired walkers and outdoors lovers so there’s always a welcoming pub or a handy café around the corner. Food tends to focus on pub, pizza, and tea room staples - with children’s menus - but there is a growing number of international restaurants and tapas-style bars. Smarter dining is generally found outside the town.

Typical dishes


Soups, steaks, pies, and casseroles are popular, while tea rooms often have cream teas on the menu. Local dishes include Cumberland sausage - a huge, spicy pork sausage, served in a coil shape - and trout.

Market Place and around


The gently sloping Market Place, with its distinctive Moot Hall tower, and adjoining streets have the greatest cluster of eating places, including pubs, hotel restaurants, and cafés. Menus focus on tried-and-tested staples such as fish and chips, local lamb casseroles, steaks, and burgers. Thai, Italian, and Indian restaurants add variety, including The Square Orange, a buzzy locals’ favourite specializing in stone-baked pizzas, tapas, and gourmet coffees. Several cafés offer takeaway sandwiches - useful for picnics. For top-end teas and home-baked cakes, Bryson’s of Keswick takes some beating.


  • The Square Orange, 20 St. John’s Street, Keswick CA12 5AS; Tel: +44 17687 73888; Website: The Square Orange

  • Bryson's of Keswick, 42 Main Street, Keswick CA12 5JD; Tel: +44 17687 72257; Website: Bryson's of Keswick


Lake Road


Leading down to the lake, this small street is bright with quirky gift shops and individual-style eating places. Options include a small Italian restaurant, brightly coloured tea rooms, and several café-bars. Cafe Bar 26 with its funky colours and comfy sofas has a relaxed vibe and serves Mediterranean-style dishes, such as pastas and crostini, at lunchtime with a tapas and flatbreads menu in the evenings. For splashing out, Morrels offers a creative, Modern British menu served in smart surrounds.


  • Cafe Bar 26, 26 Lake Road, Keswick CA12 5DQ; Tel: +44 17687 80863; Website: Cafe Bar 26

  • Morrels, 34 Lake Road, Keswick CA12 5DQ; Tel: +44 17687 72666; Website: Morrels


Outside Keswick


It’s worth the short drive out of Keswick to find some of the area’s more interesting places to eat. Borrowdale has attractive, comfortable pubs serving well-cooked, traditional meals with a focus on local produce. To the north, around Bassenthwaite Lake, there’s a clutch of good eating places, some with gardens or lake views. Lyzzick Hall has a lake-view terrace and fine-dining menu that mixes contemporary Cumbrian dishes with Mediterranean twists. The bistro at The Lakes Distillery is a chic, contemporary affair offering Modern British lunch and supper dishes as well as lighter fare during the day.


  • Lyzzick Hall Hotel & Restaurant, Underskiddaw, Keswick CA12 4PY; Tel: +44 17687 72277; Website: Lyzzick Hall Hotel & Restaurant

  • The Lakes Distillery, Setmurthy, near Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria CA13 9SJ; Tel: +44 17687 88857; Website: The Lakes Distillery