Despite the town’s relatively small size, the most difficult thing about deciding where to eat in Keswick is choosing just one of the many highly-rated restaurants to eat in. With a variety of cuisines and dining styles to choose from, these are some of the unmissable places to eat at next time you’re visiting.
The Cottage in the Wood
Serving a selection of creative and original dishes, The Cottage in the Wood is nestled away in England’s only mountain forest and is a real hidden gem of a restaurant. The restaurant sources ingredients from the surrounding fells and gets its freshly caught fish and shellfish from Whitehaven harbour.
The food has in the past been described by critics as “heaven on Earth”, and its circular observatory offers unparalleled views of Skiddaw and the stunning woodland setting.
The Brossen Steakhouse, the Inn on the Square’s concept diner, is a haven for meat-lovers and was crowned best local restaurant in 2016 by the Cumbria Life Food & Drink Awards. Serving locally sourced cuts of steak, pork chops, and rotisserie chicken, make sure you work up and appetite for a meal here, seeing as ‘brossen’ is Cumbrian dialect for ‘full to bursting’.
Located close to the town’s bustling market square and the tourist favourite Theatre by the Lake, Morrel’s has a menu filled with mouthwatering dishes that celebrate local produce, along with daily specials. Favourably reviewed by both the Michelin Guide and the Gourmet Guide, the restaurant has been delighting diners since 2000.
The Square Orange Cafe Bar
Affectionately referred to as the “Squorange”, this continental café is one of Keswick’s best-kept secrets. Serving freshly-made stone baked pizzas and offering live music in the evenings, it’s not quite a restaurant but deserves a mention nonetheless thanks to the quality of its food and the pleasant dining atmosphere it provides. The café also has a selection of delicious paninis, tapas, and a rotating menu of hot soups on offer.
The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden
Located a short drive away from the centre of Keswick, the Lingholm Kitchen and Garden serves a wide selection of locally sourced dishes, artisan bread and home baked cakes to accompany your real barista coffee. All the cakes, bread and biscuits served in the Kitchen are baked on the estate in Lingholm’s own bakery.
Well worth the drive for daytime dining, the location offers a feast for the eyes, with the Kitchen overlooking the Walled Garden – the original kitchen garden served as the inspiration for Mr. McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.