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The Riverside Bar

| Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, England
+44 17687 77208
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good20%
  • Average18%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible9%
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“chicken” (6 reviews)
“mash” (2 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
| Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, England
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1. Great Bar
"For over forty years l have been visiting this bar."
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2. Great Beer
"Lovely cosy bar with friendly staff ."
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3. Great Atmosphere
"Traditional Lakeland bar with excellent range of beers & gins."
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived on Tuesday night for dinner- table of 8 including 3 kids. We were told that kitchen ran out of handmade chips and mash potatoes but had French fries- although it wasn't busy at the time we figured they must've been pretty busy during...More

Thank PavM80
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Reviewed December 3, 2017 via mobile

great bar with an open fire , great food and a good selection of real ales. same barman for the last 2 years , wich means its not only a great place to drink it must be a great place to work .

1  Thank Lessoftheriddling
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had lovely local ales by the open fire on a cold February night- friendly staff and v good recommendations of the ales ( and a wee tasting). The second evening we are here --- thoroughly recommend. Fab food and unique presentation of the delicious...More

Thank JuanitadeCosmos
Reviewed March 5, 2018

Arrived here for a lunch time break after hiking through a fair amount of snow. Not many people had braved the elements except a few hardy folk! A fire was blazing and it was warm and welcoming. The barman was very cheery. The menu had...More

Thank alysonBromsgrove
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

It seems a new chef has to change something that was actually really good ! A group of us were on a walking break - looking forward to the menu of old including favourites such as Hunters Chicken etc.... Now moved more gastro pub fish...More

1  Thank Eeuplad
Reviewed February 26, 2018

Ate here with some friends whilst staying in Borrowdale at the weekend. As always, it's a very nice bar with a roaring fire and nice atmosphere. It had 3 local real ales on when we went in although one went off almost immediately. However, I...More

Thank rmc12York
Reviewed February 25, 2018

Lively atmosphere. Friendly staff. Dogs and boots welcomed. Roaring fire. Good choice of beers. Modern stylish interior design, don't be put off by entrance down the side of the building it's a great little bar. Have also sat out in garden last summer, most pleasant...More

Thank Canute2000
Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

Excellent food, comfortable surroundings, coal fire friendly staff, what more could you ask. Quite a busy place.

Thank caroxLancashire
Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

We were staying at the Scafell hotel and on the second night chose to eat in the Riverside Bar. It was a cold night but the greeting of a roaring log fire was very welcoming. The atmosphere was good with a few locals. We chose...More

Thank Railton
Reviewed February 11, 2018 via mobile

A warm welcome by the staff was comforting. Felt like we were regulars the moment we entered. Lovely surroundings. Large roaring fire with confortable seating. The food was delicious and well presented. Ate there twice and couldnt fault it. Lovely of the staff to approach...More

Thank Claudine G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $21
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Keswick  >  Borrowdale  >  Rosthwaite
  • Phone Number: +44 17687 77208
  • E-mail
The Riverside Bar is the pubic bar directly beside the Scafell Hotel and offers a great range of real ales from Jennings, Copper Dragon to beers from Local and Micro breweries like Keswick Brewery, Hesket Newmarket and Barngates , fine malts (we have over 60 to choose from), great 'Fill Yer Boot's' menu with regular specials and proper Cumbrian 'crack'. Here you meet the locals from around Borrowdale Valley as well as other visitors within the area. The bar is an ideal place to finish after a good hearty walk where you can enjoy a drink and discuss your day's adventures in front of open fires (seasonal) or on the veranda during those warmer months. This popular bar overlooks the river yet is cosy in all weather. This is where the popular Borrowdale Fell Race finishes and a good place to meet many of the fell race stars or view the Fell Race winner's board above the main fireplace. Pop along to experience some real Lakeland' and enjoy the laid back atmosphere with great service, great beer and great food.
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