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“Refreshing change from the usual pub fare...”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Cafe Bar 26

Cafe Bar 26
Ranked #16 of 128 Restaurants in Keswick
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, British, Wine Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Located on a bustling pedestrian street in the heart of Keswick, close to the busy market square and shores of Lake Derwentwater, Cafe Bar 26 is a relaxed Mediterranean style cafe bistro by day and a vibrant wine and cocktail bar in the evening with a unique atmosphere. Feeling peckish? We serve tasty cooked breakfasts every morning 8.45Am - 11.30Am, brunch and lunch from Midday until 3.00Pm and tapas and Italian style flatbreads 5.30Pm - 8.30Pm. We also serve great illy coffee, interesting wines, continental beers, cocktails and champagne all day long! Perfect after a day on the fells or simply a stroll around the shops. There is also Live Music every Wednesday and Thursday from 9.00Pm.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Refreshing change from the usual pub fare...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Bar 26 represents a bistro/wine bar angle that pretty much sets it apart in Keswick. Decor and furnishings are unfussily modern, and there's a welcoming open fire. Six of us called in on a busy Friday night to sample the tapas, and we were impressed by the selection and the generosity of the portions. Service was friendly and efficient, and prices reasonable. Well worth a visit on this evidence.

  • Visited January 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Delightful but..........”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

Have visited on several occasions from the North East. Lovely buzzy atmosphere but we think that they have to get their act together with their food in the evenings. We went in a few weeks ago after seeing a board outside advertising pizzas and tapas. We asked for pizzas but were told they were not available. Told the barman that their board said that they were available and he told us this must explain why several people had been asking for them!!

We went in again this week after seeing the same board outside and overheard another couple asking for pizzas. They were told that pizzas were not available and promptly left.

Having said all this Bar 26 is probably the best place to go for a drink in Keswick and the staff are lovely. Please sort this out!!!!

  • Visited January 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Popular bar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Had a great spread of tapas which we enjoyed as a family.
Adequate range of wines and beers, with some interesting cocktails.
Busy friday evening and seating became a premium. We were in early and this would be a serious recommendation if you intend to eat.
Have not stayed; location good but the leasurely breakfast timings may not suit all.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Steaks to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

We ate here twice during our Keswick stay and were not disappointed on either night. Sunday is Quiz night also and what fun that was taken by a happy chappy. Thoroughly recommend the steaks and fishcake meals

Visited December 2012
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27 reviews
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“Excellent value. I love it here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

We are big fans of Bar 26. (Using their wifi to write this) however we decided to stay and eat with their 'mix and Mash' menu, As it was cold outside and to be very honest couldn't be bothered to go and fight for a table in good local restaurants and pubs . I ordered fishcakes and my husband ordered lamb burger. Not only do you get the main course but you get to pick two side portions on top of chips wedges etc. excellent value. But not only that it tasted good too. All, with an alcoholic or non alcoholic drink for 9.95.
I like bar 26 even more now!

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