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The Riverside Bar

€€ - €€€, British,
| Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, England
+44 17687 77208
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good23%
  • Average19%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible9%
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Bar, British, Pub
€€ - €€€
| Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, England
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Great Bar
"For over forty years l have been visiting this bar."
Colin E
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2. Great Beer
"Lovely cosy bar with friendly staff ."
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3. Great Atmosphere
"Traditional Lakeland bar with excellent range of beers & gins."
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here following a big day in the hills. It's changed since I was last here which admittedly was a few years ago. Thought the prices for standard bar food in the Riverside Bar were a couple of quid over and above comparable pub meals....More

1  Thank David M
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

We had a meal here with our children after a day on the fells, and it hit the spot perfectly! They offer a good menu of pub food, with the extra attraction of offering half portions of any of the meals. This meant that our...More

Thank Ruth H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After some strenuous walking on the fells we needed a hearty meal to regenerate. My colleagues chose fish and chips and I the roast salmon with potatoes carrots onions peas and mushrooms. The fish and chips arrived but one portion of fish turned out to...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Return visit to the Scafell Hotel. Love spending time in The Riverside and always enjoy chatting with staff and locals. The food is always good quality and served well, even down to fish and chips in paper! Everyone is so friendly and makes us feel...More

Thank janeowen47
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Good selection or real ales at the the Scarfell Pike Hotel Restaurant. Food was very fair. It was Nice looking out over the swollen river after the rain of the day while eating. The Chicken Parfait starter was nice and the Sirloin Steak was very...More

Thank Ken P
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

We visited the Riverside after a wet day in the hills. They were very busy but we managed to squeeze five of us plus damp Labrador on to a table. The food was good although a little pricey, staff were friendly and helpful.

Thank Katethevet
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Visited here on a Sunday afternoon in July following a walk out to Castle Crag. A decent venue with a large range of drinks and a decent menu. I chose the double burger that was very nice. A couple of friends chose the fish and...More

1  Thank Joseph H
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

The worst burger I’ve ever had the misfortune to eat. Cold burnt gristle with washing up liquid flavoured rocket and bread-like chips. Worse than a rip-off festival burger stand. Avoid at all costs.More

Thank Jack D
AGNscafell, Owner at The Riverside Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Hi Jack, Please accept our sincere apologies for the poor quality food you received on Saturday the 4th August. This is our annual Fell Race event and the food served from the Riverside Bar is restricted to a small basket meal menu, so we can...More

Reviewed 4 August 2018

Stopping at the local YHA our walking group made our way to the Scafell Hotel for dinner and drinks. The bar was full with weather beaten walkers on a particularly damp day. We found a table and settled down for drinks. Although there was a...More

Thank NottsPanther
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Nice pub like atmosphere food was good staff friendly and egar to make us comfortable worth a visit enjoyed are stay

Thank Pamela B
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Questions & Answers
Jacqueline S
12 October 2018|
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Response from janeowen47 | Reviewed this property |
Yes very much so!
Jimmy J
3 June 2018|
Response from AGNscafell | Property representative |
Hi Jimmy, we don’t take bookings in the Riverside bar.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Bar, British, Pub
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
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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