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The Riverside Bar

€€ - €€€, British,
| Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, England
+44 17687 77208
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  • Average18%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible9%
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| Scafell Hotel, Rosthwaite, Keswick CA12 5XB, England
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1. Great Bar
"For over forty years l have been visiting this bar."
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2. Great Beer
"Lovely cosy bar with friendly staff ."
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"Traditional Lakeland bar with excellent range of beers & gins."
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying at the Scafell hotel and on the second night chose to eat in the Riverside Bar. It was a cold night but the greeting of a roaring log fire was very welcoming. The atmosphere was good with a few locals. We chose...More

Thank Railton
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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 1 week ago via mobile

A warm welcome by the staff was comforting. Felt like we were regulars the moment we entered. Lovely surroundings. Large roaring fire with confortable seating. The food was delicious and well presented. Ate there twice and couldnt fault it. Lovely of the staff to approach...More

Thank Claudine G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly barman, good menu, delicious food, generous portions which we did not have to wait long for. Provided a welcome rest mid-way for six of us arriving on quite a tough circular walk from Watendlath in February.

Thank barbarao580
Reviewed 9 January 2018 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 5 January 2018

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 3 January 2018

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 20 December 2017 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 9 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 5 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$6 - US$21
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View
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
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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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