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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:
Portinscale, CA12 5RW. Serve food but call to confirm. Tel: 017687 72322.
Tea room and restaurant. So close you can see it from the living room window. Open (as of July 2016) 9am-5pm.
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
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:
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.
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
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
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.
Traditional meals with both fixed price and a la carte menus. 34 Lake Road. CA12 5DQ Tel: 017687 72666.
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.
Nice café, gift shop and artists’ work on display. 12 Lake Road, Keswick CA12 5BX. Tel: 017687 72443.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.