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Nichol End Marine

Portinscale, Keswick CA12 5TY, England
+44 17687 73082
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“scones” (55 reviews)
“baguette” (7 reviews)
“cake” (11 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Portinscale, Keswick CA12 5TY, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

At Nichol End, you can just walk up and hire a kayak. Wetsuit hire and showers included, but remember to bring your own towel. We had a great couple of hours paddling around Derwentwater (harder work than it looks!) Back at the café, the food...More

Thank Devorah W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nichol End is rightly famed for their wonderful homemade scones, the biggest and best around Derwentwater whatever anyone else claims....... but do try the cheese and mushroom toasties............ the best in Cumbria.

Thank rainier94
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are things going on but it always looks very untidy and unloved when you pass through on the footpath and never see lots going on.

Thank Susanlockyer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by on bank holiday weekend while walking the Cumbria Way for some much needed rest and nourishment and found the place very relaxed and friendly, with huge portions at reasonable prices (for the Lakes). Great little place.

Thank boatsafety
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice spot to pop into on a walk round the lake, plenty to watch, from comings and going at the marina to the birds on the feeders, not to mention the scenery. They do a range of snacks, which is a misnomer...More

Thank Marian F
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Visited Nichol End, whilst on a camping holiday in Bassenthwaite. Lovely afternoon out sailing on Derwent water with family followed by the most amazing homemade cakes and coffee at Nichol End. Certainly worth a visit even if it's just to sample the cafe. The staff...More

Thank SGodridge
Reviewed 15 April 2017

A very good lunch stop, with fabulous lake views. Great food and excellent service. Dog-friendly too.

Thank kateE6689EQ
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We popped into the cafe at Nichol End Marina on our way up to Cat Bells on a couple of occasions. The owner was extremely friendly and couldn't help us enough - he even warmed up some scones for us to take with us on...More

Thank Jason H
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Walked round to Nichol End from Portinscale (5 mins). Had tasty pea and ham soup with lovely soft brown baguette. My partner had the mushroom soup and said it was delicious. Nice chat with Roger the owner whilst looking out across the lake to great...More

Thank Susie2566
Reviewed 30 March 2017

My elderly father called in for lunch and ordered mushroom soup with baguette. When it arrived the baguette was black on top and the server laughed and said it had been in a bit too long. Personally I would not even consider serving burnt food...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 13
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Portinscale, Keswick CA12 5TY, England (Formerly nichol end marine)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Lake District  >  Keswick
  • Phone Number: +44 17687 73082
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CAFE: The cafe is undergoing refurbishment this winter after severe flooding in December 2015. We are trying to ensure that as a minimum tea, coffee and loos are available for bertholders, members and passing walkers. BOAT HIRE AND TUITION Is still available but is very much dependent on the weather conditions on the day. MOORINGS Moorings are available for the 2016 season. KESWICK LAUNCH Is unable to call at Nichol End at the moment due to damaged jetties. We can offer a shuttle service to and from Keswick on one of our boats to connect in with Keswick Launch. This is weather dependent and on demand. WORKSHOP The workshop was also flooded and we are only accepting small engine repairs at present. See our facebook page for updates. We are doing our very best to reopen and resume our full service for Easter 2016.