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The Riverside Bar

| Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, England
+44 17687 77208
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good20%
  • Average18%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible10%
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Open Now
12:00 pm - 11:00 pmAll hours
Bar, British, Pub
$$ - $$$
| Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely cosy bar with friendly staff . Nice open fire. Nice place for a drink after a walk in the beautiful countryside

Thank TraceyandSimon1
Reviewed 1 week ago

we were staying in Keswick at the new year and did a lot of walking, over the years a lot of these walks have ended/gone through Rosthwaite so we have been in this bar on a number of occasions. We mainly have a well deserved...More

Thank Riley044
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying at the attached Scafell Hotel where we ate on the first night, the other two evenings we ate at The Riverside Bar. The menu was pretty extensive and the food is cooked in the same kitchens as the hotel and reasonably priced....More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Back in November, this was the place for good pub food in huge portions, and the price was reasonable. Things turned in December, with higher prices, smaller portions. The menu and food seem to have a pretention but fails to deliver. A pity, really.

1  Thank Cazzys
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Recently visited the Riverside Bar whilst staying in Seathwaite. We've been to the bar a number of times over the last 3-4 years and normally been very pleased with the place. This visit though the food was a real disappointment, I ordered the braised beef...More

1  Thank Ben M
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Poor choice of beer (which is a shame, as Cumbria is full of great microbreweries), and food was mediocre. Chips were full of black bruises and the OK looking ones tasted like the oil was a bit old. Didn't stay for a second drink, or...More

1  Thank jom935
Reviewed 3 December 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 22 October 2017 via mobile

We had not been to The Riverside Bar for a couple of years and we were delighted to see that it had been refurbished recently making it a welcoming place with excellent food and service. The choice of food was great a day we enjoyed...More

1  Thank Hils W
Reviewed 16 October 2017

For over forty years l have been visiting this bar. For some twenty years,my brother, Frank, worked here. The Riverside Bar is the "real deal", as they say, in that it caters for every type of visitor ranging from locals to climbers and hill walkers...More

Thank Colin E
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Traditional Lakeland bar with excellent range of beers & gins. Bar food served lunch and evening. Slate floors so walkers and dogs welcome. Real Fire ready for those cold winter days & nights. Excellent service.

Thank jan s
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 21
Bar, British, Pub
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, Child-friendly, View, 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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