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Eat, Drink & Other Basics

Useful information for guests staying at Farrier House, a Lake District holiday cottage.


In Portinscale we have:


Farmer’s Arms

Portinscale, CA12 5RW. Serve food but call to confirm.  Tel: 017687 72322.


The Chalet

Tea room and restaurant. So close you can see it from the living room window. Open (as of July 2016) 9am-5pm.


Nichol End Marina

Café. Massive scones. Perfectly located at the end of a clockwise walk around Derwentwater. Boat hire. Landing for Keswick Launches (due to jetty damage please check on service). 0.5 mile along road to Grange. Tel: 017687 73082


Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden

Breakfast. Lunch. Afternoon Tea. Shop. Octagonal walled garden that inspired Mr McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.  Open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm. The Lingholm Estate, Portinscale, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5TZ. Tel: 017687 71206. Opening times vary with season.


Our favorite places in Keswick, the places you need to know about when you stay here:


Booth’s supermarket.

Excellent supermarket, friendly staff and a cafe. Tithebarn Street. CA12 5EA
Tel: 017687 73518. Open 8am to 9pm M-Sat. 10:30am to 4pm Sunday. Café serves breakfast from 8am.


Theatre by the Lake

Two stages, a 400-seat Main House and 100-seat Studio. The theatre presents up to nine of their own productions of classic, modern and new plays throughout the year. Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5DJ. Box Office: 017687 74411


George Fisher

We haven’t counted the number of outdoor shops in Keswick but this is our favourite. Café. Excellent kit + knowledgeable staff.  2 Borrowdale Road, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5DA Tel: 017687 72178


Café Bar 26

Cooked breakfasts, continental-style lunches and tapas, flatbreads and desserts in the evening. Weekly live music. 26 Lake Road. CA12 5DQ   Tel: 017687 80863. Opening times vary with season.


Morrel’s Restaurant

Traditional meals with both fixed price and a la carte menus. 34 Lake Road. CA12 5DQ Tel: 017687 72666.


Woodstone Pizza & Flame Grill

Good food. Nice people. Open noon ‘til late (useful if you’re planning to eat after 8:30pm). St. Johns Street, Keswick, CA 12 5AS. Tel: 017687 73523.


Treeby & Bolton

Nice café, gift shop and artists’ work on display. 12 Lake Road, Keswick CA12 5BX. Tel: 017687 72443.


The Pheasant Inn

Excellent pub food, especially the lamb. Reservations recommended. Crosthwaite Road, Keswick CA12 5PP.
Tel: 017687 72219


Places we like which are a bit further afield, but none too far:

The Cottage in the Wood

Excellent restaurant with a superior collection of wines. Reservations essential. Magic Hill, Whinlatter Forest, Braithwaite, Cumbria CA12 5TW. Tel: 017687 78409. 7 minutes by car.


Borrowdale Gates Hotel

Fine dining. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grange-in-Borrowdale, CA12 5UQ. Follow the road to Grange for 4.5 miles, it’s just before you reach Grange. Tel: 017687 77204. 12 minutes by car.


Rattle Gill Café

Great place for lunch in Ambleside, right on the river. Local artists’ work exhibited. 2 Bridge Street, Ambleside LA22 9DU. Tel: 07975 912990. 30 minutes by car.


Drunken Duck Inn

Excellent restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Wide selection of beers. Barngates, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0NG. Tel: 015394 36347.  40 minutes by car. Check their website for directions, follow your sat nav only for added excitement.

The information on this page was last verified prior to the onset of the pandemic which means the accuracy of the information on this page cannot be relied upon. Please check with the companies listed for their current situation. Cumbria County Council provides updates here.

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