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“The worst staff (owner's son) ever and triangular fish!”
Review of Oddfellows Arms

Oddfellows Arms
Ranked #43 of 141 Restaurants in Keswick
Price range: $4 - $12
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Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed May 4, 2013

This has to be one of the worst eating establishments ever. OK it's a pub and you can't expect the food to be of a high standard but I find frozen reconstituted triangular fish still cold in the middle a little bit hard to take. We had arrived at 21.03 according to the clock and although we had a party of 13 were told the restaurant was closed and we would have to eat in the bar. As we looked around we noticed that although the bar was not too busy there was not a hope in hell of getting 13 seats together. We asked if we could bring two table together, they were already side by side, but the bar man said no it compromises health and safety within the bar area. One of our party then asked if would it be OK if we all stood at the bar and ate, to which Mr Grumpy told him that would be OK by him. We decided to cause less fuss we would scatter about the tables in the bar. Once our food arrived, cold triangular reconstituted fish in my case, I was informed by one of the locals on the table next to me that the barman was in fact the owner's son and he was like that to everyone. This chap also stated that he wondered why we were all sitting in the bar when there was a restaurant up stairs next to the kitchen and the staff would be having to carry the food all the way down to the bar.
This chap obviously does not care or does not want custom in his establishment and is almost hostile to tourists. Not good employment choice, but then like so many businesses in Keswick, they have probably made a lot of money in the past and can now sit back and look forward to their four weeks in the sun in January.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Had a very good meal in this bar. We had Roast beef and yorkshire pudding and Cumberland Sausage dishes. Bar staff very friendly.

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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Spent a very pleasant couple of hours in the company of Jennings Cumberland ales and the biggest Yorkshire puddings I've ever seen! The gentleman next to me had his pud filled with Cumberland sausage, veg and chips; mine was full of the most delicious beef & ale stew. If you're after a smart gastro pub with fancy sounding things on the menu and fashionable decor, keep on walking. This is true 'pub grub' - great value, hearty, hot, tasty and just what you need after a day on the surrounding fells! Pub itself is traditional, warm and cosy, with oak panelling, stuffed to the gunnels with horse racing memorabilia, china plates and Toby jugs, and a fine range of lovely ales. Someone has a dodgy taste in music but otherwise great!

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Thank hedwi9
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Ideal place to eat if you have a family. Its not cordon blue grub just good value and good wholesome food, where else can you buy a Sirloin Steak with all the trimmings for £9 or a large Yorkshire Pudding full of vegetables and sausage for £5.50. But beware, it gets very busy between 7 - 8pm and you have to get a table before you can order food.

Thank Rod G
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

thought i'd try the odd fellows as i was in keswick. the draught stella was good but the food was bobby basic, it was clearly all frozen food and veg out of tins. nothing home made. I ate it because i'm greedy......


anyway because keswick is a tourist haven, basically they could serve anything and still get custom. The staff were fine although looked over worked. Toilets were poor.

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Thank jim717
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