Where to eat Pub food in Bassenthwaite: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 20, 2021 Marianna Hollaway

Discover Restaurants offering the best Pub food in Bassenthwaite, Keswick, including The Bistro at The Pheasant, De Brito Craig Wheatsheaf Inn, The Snooty Fox, The Pheasant Inn, Courtyard Bar and Brasserie, Castle Inn Tavern, The Royal Oak Braithwaite, Emily's Black Lion, Middle Ruddings Country Inn & Restaurant, The Coledale Inn
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10. The Coledale Inn

Coledale Gardens, Braithwaite, Keswick CA12 5TN England Bar, British, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi, Dog Friendly [email protected] +44 17687 78272 http://www.coledale-inn.co.uk
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4 based on 316 reviews

The Coledale Inn

The Coledale is a 20 bedroom country Inn with Restaurant and beer garden. Set in a peaceful location overlooking Braithwaite village we are the perfect place to enjoy great pub food with friends and family. Dogs are welcome. Local real ales and open fires

Reviewed By One_of_the_BOFs

My second visit here was with a friend after walking from Rosthwaite on the Inn Way again. We had a pleasant pint in the garden area, but were not tempted enough by what we saw to stay to dine.

9. Middle Ruddings Country Inn & Restaurant

Braithwaite, Keswick CA12 5RY England Bar, British, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +44 17687 78436 http://www.middle-ruddings.co.uk/
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4 based on 375 reviews

Middle Ruddings Country Inn & Restaurant

Reviewed By welovedood76

My husband and I came to the lakes for his birthday and we were stopping at the Royal Oak which was busy and vibrant with the option to eat. However we decided to venture out and see what else was available. We came across this pub that we actually loved on first impressions for the fact it was still old in interior and had some character. The barman was very helpful on arrival, and was happy to seat us and told us when we asked that we could eat outside if we wanted or indoors. We ordered some wine and took the menus. When we decided what we wanted to eat, we were informed that they didn’t have this or 2 other dishes. This is when the tone of the service changed. We asked for the seabass but without the chilli and lime glaze, and the barman seemed annoyed by this, and then we asked for an extra side of veg on top of our mains, he informed that there was veg with the dishes and did we really want more. Of course as we asked for this and wanted extra veg. He walked off pulled a face and then came back and asked if anything else was wanted. Then informed that he now wouldn’t bring the food outside and would simply leave on the table when it was ready (by this time already had we spent £55 on wine). The waiter in the restaurant came and offered us bread, and then delivered our food. The slow cooked beef brisket “hot pot” was nothing more than a dry Sunday roast dinner with cheap meat that should have been in a casserole, pie or hotpot as described. The extra veg ordered didn’t arrive and the one that did was swimming in water and blanched to death. We asked for the extra and it came quite quickly however this again was waterlogged and over done and completely different to the one before. (Who even blanches a whole fennel with beef) the seabass which was £14 roughly was the smallest piece of fish ever, with basically boiled peeled potatoes described as gremalata .. no parsley, no lemon, no garlic which is exactly what my partner was told they would be when he went up to the bar to order some chips instead. It was all very over sold and under delivered. The atmosphere was awful. No music.. no conversation and then when we left the table to pay for the bill because we didn’t want to make an even worse atmosphere, we were charged half of the price of the beef despite not even eating it. We refused and the chef came out and being very condescending and ranting at us about how the beef is cooked and that hot pot is put on the menu because he “cooked it in a HOT pot” . At the time my partner never mentioned that he owns his own very successful restaurant. Has been a chef and also worked in this industry for 20 years. They took the extra off the bill but only after arguing at the bar in front of other customers which made us feel uncomfortable. If you want a sandwich or a brisket Sunday lunch.. then this is your place.. but for our final bill of £72 when it was awful and we had to go back to our hotel to eat.. this isn’t your place.

8. Emily's Black Lion

The Square, Ireby CA7 1EA England Bar, British, Pub Lunch, Dinner Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Table Service, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol +44 16973 71110 http://www.facebook.com/emilysblacklion.ireby
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4 based on 50 reviews

Emily's Black Lion

Reviewed By Ruth G

We were staying locally and had two meals. The first was on curry night (Monday) and the meals were excellent. The staff were good, very friendly and they were short-staffed that night but kept us informed. We went again and had scampi and chips on Fish and Chip night and again, very good food, reasonably priced.

7. The Royal Oak Braithwaite

Braithwaite, Keswick CA12 5SY England Bar, British, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer [email protected] +44 17687 78533 http://www.royaloak-braithwaite.co.uk/
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4 based on 486 reviews

The Royal Oak Braithwaite

Reviewed By Jane R

The Royal Oak offers a warm welcome and very helpful staff. Enough variety on the menu to last a week (we only repeated one meal! The steak was perfectly cooked) If you are looking for a quiet pub, this is not for you, but a buzzy busy atmosphere worked for us. Very helpful crew for my husband's mobility issues, altough not all areas are wheel chair accessible.Thank you for such a lovely review - we look forward to seeing you next time you are in the village.

6. Castle Inn Tavern

on A 591, Bassenthwaite, Keswick England Bar, British, Pub Dinner, Lunch Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +44 17687 76401 http://www.castleinncumbria.co.uk/castle-inn-tavern
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3 based on 68 reviews

Castle Inn Tavern

Reviewed By E6482YQseanp

We arrived today from Yorkshire staying at the castle inn hotel. No complaints! We went through the hotel to the resteraunt to the bar past empty tables, we were told in the afternoon it may be busy. We went to the bar and was ignored for several minutes, eventually when we asked for a table for two was told to just go find somewhere and was spoken over when I asked for a drink.We sat and waited 15 minutes, nobody came to see us and staff just blanked us! I went to the bar to order and once again was told to sit and wait.A young man came and took the order, he explained he forgot his notepad so would try and remember drinks and 2 courses. However he failed to do so as the order was incorrect when it came.The starter and main tasted fantastic, however lasagne is supposed to come with pasta and not layers of cheese!We were unhappy with the staff however the food was reasonable so ordered desert. I ordered vanilla cheese cake. When it arrived it was on a dirty plate, it was defrosted, rubbery and tasted of just cheese! It came with some rubbery rhubarb on top that I was unable to chew through! I will keep that as a pencil eraser.The staff served a customer to our side, explained to them they had run out of chicken, fish and blamed it on the time! Overall not impressed.When we complained we were told it's because of a new chef!

5. Courtyard Bar and Brasserie

Armathwaite Hall Country House & Spa, Bassenthwaite, Keswick England British, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +44 17687 76551 http://www.armathwaite-hall.com/dining/lake_district_brasserie.php
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4 based on 37 reviews

Courtyard Bar and Brasserie

Here at the Courtyard Brasserie we strive to bring you the freshest local quality produce. We are working tirelessly to involve and promote local producers, suppliers and small holders

Reviewed By drclarelpeckham

Great food, good choice, lovely service and good value for money... busy on a Sunday night... good atmosphere !

4. The Pheasant Inn

Crosthwaite Road, Keswick CA12 5PP England Bar, British, Pub, International, Gastropub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Cr [email protected] +44 17687 72219 http://www.thepheasantinnkeswick.co.uk
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4 based on 1527 reviews

The Pheasant Inn

Traditional Lakeland gastro pub. Great Real Ales (CAMRA accredited). Fine range of wines plus beers, spirits, soft drinks. Stunning 'chef and daily specials' compliment the extensive menu of starters, mains and desserts. Same menu throughout. Full 14 alle

Reviewed By SussexJude

A small group of us had pre-booked three tables for a Sunday evening. Restaurant was really busy but the waiting staff were helpful, friendly and very efficient. Food arrived quickly and was very good. Great atmosphere and buzz without being noisy. Would recommend.Hi Jude and thank you for your kind words.It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed everything that is the Pheasant Inn....great atmosphere, efficient friendly staff and really good food, not to forget real ales, beers and wines. Thank you again for your recommendation and hopefully you will see us again.Michelle(owner)

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3. The Snooty Fox

Uldale CA7 1HA England Bar, British, Pub Dinner, Drinks, Lunch Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Cre [email protected] +44 16973 71479 http://www.snootyfoxuldale.co.uk/
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4 based on 115 reviews

The Snooty Fox

A small quiet country pub offering B&B, a fine selection of real ales, lagers, ciders, wines. & spirits, home cooked traditional English food with a twist.

Reviewed By 04mrsprice

Large menu to cover all tastes. Was really hard to make a decision as everything sounded delicious. Eventually we chose the Seafood platter and the trio of Lamb. Both exceptional plates of food. Well presented, fresh ingredients cooked perfectly. Loved it. Friendly staff and they allow dogs.

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2. De Brito Craig Wheatsheaf Inn

Embleton, Cockermouth CA13 9XP England Bar, British, Pub Dinner, Brunch Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer [email protected] +44 17687 76416 http://www.facebook.com/The-Wheatsheaf-Inn-Embleton-193691927785875/?fref=ts
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4 based on 311 reviews

De Brito Craig Wheatsheaf Inn

A warm welcome to humans and dogs, great taps, stunning food and beautiful views! We aim to serve classic pub food with a twist that changes with the seasons, all food is made fresh and served to you in relaxing surroundings with great music to accompany.

Reviewed By big-blue-eyes

We enjoyed a delicious evening meal here and spoilt ourselves with three courses. Falafels and potato skins to start, both generous portions so make sure you go hungry if you’re having three courses! We both had burgers which were great, served in a charcoal bun; I’ve never had that before, it looked really interesting. Finally we had pear & chocolate Eton mess which was amazing. Loved every mouthful. Fantastic service from the owner who takes care to speak to each table, really friendly.

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1. The Bistro at The Pheasant

Bassenthwaite Lake The Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite, Keswick CA13 9YE England Bar, British, Pub Dinner, Lunch, Drinks Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Outdoor Seating [email protected] +44 17687 76234 http://www.the-pheasant.co.uk/food-and-drink/the-bistro
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4 based on 336 reviews

The Bistro at The Pheasant

For a less formal occasion or an impromptu lunch, the Bistro at The Pheasant uses the same expertise to select the best Cumbrian produce and create something special for every guest. The Bistro is open for lunches (from 12pm til 2.30pm), including Sunday

Reviewed By JuliaY936

We were staying nearby and decided to visit for dinner. The specials board looked nice and we enjoyed some home made potato crisps while we browsed the menu. To start we had the bread board with olives, butter & the most amazing home-made hummus and Brie bites with tomato chutney. For mains we had haddock, ribeye steak and cheeseburger all served with triple cooked chips. The food was delicious and perfectly cooked and portions were large so we struggled to finish our meals completely!!! No room to sample deserts sadly! The staff were polite and attentive and there was an extensive wine list with a bottle of chilled water served at the table. A really lovely night and would highly recommend a visit here!! The locals in the bar enjoyed real ale and whisky which looked good also!!!Thank you Julia for such a lovely review and we're delighted you enjoyed your evening with us. Please do come back again soon and perhaps you might even stay with us next time!

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