Some of the best pubs in Keswick

The lake district is known for its beautiful, olde English ale pubs. What better way to finish off a long day out fell-walking, cycling or climbing than to venture for a nice relaxing tipple by the fire and some great food, all enjoyed with friendly locals? Here are some details of just a few pubs in and around Keswick that you may like to frequent during your visit:

The Dog and Gun

If you’re looking for a well established pub with a lively and friendly atmosphere (and who isn’t?), then you must poke your head in at the Dog and Gun. As the name suggests, dogs are more than welcome, and even receive a few tasty treats on the house. Always stocking a great range of ales, the Dog and Gun is also famous for its food, with the goulash being extremely popular.

The Pack Horse Inn

Just across from the Dog and Gun is the Pack Horse Inn. Decked out in a similarly traditional style, and with great food and beer in abundance, the Pack Horse is another extremely popular pub. Look out for some great live music, and don’t forget to pop in for the quiz.

The Bank Tavern

Just up the road is the cosy Bank Tavern. With plenty of ales on tap – mostly local brews as with virtually all traditional lakeland pubs – the Bank Tavern is another excellent place to relax and put your feet up. With its cheerful atmosphere and top notch food to boot, this concludes a list of perhaps the three best watering holes in Keswick.

Plan your romantic getaway to the Lake District

Paris or Venice might spring to mind when you think of romantic holiday destinations, but if you’re thinking of getting away with the one you love, why not visit the Lake District? It’s cheaper, closer and you’ll get brownie points for originality!

Over the years, the Lake District has played host to William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge and many other romantic writers, who have been inspired by the natural beauty of this gorgeous part of the world.

Visit in the summer months to make the most of the outdoor activities on offer – hiking, trekking and fell-walking all offer great opportunities to spend some quality time together in a romantic setting. If you’re thinking of popping the question, what better way to do it than on top of a beautiful, windswept hill, looking out over the picturesque Lakes and surrounding countryside?

If you or your significant other has an interest in nature, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife too. Or if you’re both whiskey drinkers, a trip to the Lakes Distillery is sure to go down a treat.

Visit the Lakes during winter time and you’ll still find plenty to do – cosy up to your beau in a traditional pub in front of a roaring log fire, or take a bracing walk in the hills.

If you fancy a romantic getaway to the Lake District, you’ll find top-notch accommodation at Borrowdale Gates four-star hotel, in the heart of Lakeland. As well as beautifully finished rooms and an enviable location, you’ll find an AA Rosette restaurant on site that’s perfect for intimate meals for two!

The exquisite rock-climbing experiences of the Lake District

There’s an undeniable thrill to rock-climbing that hinges on the fact that you must conquer a gauntlet thrown down by nature itself. The challenge is exhilarating and the sense of achievement is incomparable. It’s a feeling that new climbers long for and experienced climbers have learned to savour. But where’s the best place in Britain to experience this unique thrill? Right here in the Lake District, of course!

Not only does the Lake District offer an enormous variety of different climbing routes for both beginners and seasoned cragsmen, it also provides spectacular backdrops for the sport. When you reach the top of a climbing route in the Lake District, you get to turn around and view a panorama of unparalleled beauty. What better way could there be to celebrate your triumph?

To make things easier for prospective climbers, the Lake District has a wide selection of organisations that offer climbing instruction and sell equipment. Beginners can get a valuable introduction to the sport from Golakes, whereas more experienced climbers can obtain valuable information from the Fell and Rock Climbing Club of the English Lake District. Female climbers will be delighted to hear about Women Rock, which aims to provide climbing experiences and adventures that are specifically tailored to each client’s needs.

The Borrowdale Gates hotel is ideally located for climbing enthusiasts. Many of the Lake District’s most pristine climbing areas are easily accessible from our position. In fact, Borrowdale itself offers a vast array of routes to challenge cragsmen and cragswomen of all levels of ability. If you yearn for the challenge of rock-climbing, come to the Lake District and stay at Borrowdale Gates!

Borrowdale Gates: a foodie’s paradise

For food and drink enthusiasts, Borrowdale Gates Hotel is the perfect place to stay. As well as providing a cosy place for hikers and nature-lovers to lay down their heads, this four-star hotel offers an AA Rosette restaurant, making it a great base for a gourmet getaway.

Visitors can check out local foodie attractions, like the Lakes Distillery or one of the area’s many breweries, before returning to Borrowdale Gates for a taste of locally sourced fine dining in what Alfred Wainwright described as: “the loveliest square mile in Lakeland.”

Head chef Christopher Standhaven takes great pride in choosing local, seasonal produce whenever possible – from meat and seafood to eggs and oil. Herdwick lamb can often be found on the menu; it’s a breed of sheep that’s native to the area, grazing on a natural diet of fell grasses and heather.

Maybe it’s their diet that makes this lamb taste so good – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall described Herdwick hogget as some of the finest lamb he had tasted, and it’s all traceable, from fell to fork. The sheep are reared just down the road from Borrowdale Gates on Yew Tree Farm, a traditional Lakeland hill sheep farm run by husband and wife team Joe and Hazel Relph.

Visit their Flock In tearoom during your stay to get a taste for where your dinner is coming from, or pick up some produce to take home with you! The restaurant at Borrowdale Gates serves dinner from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm each day for non-residents and offers Sunday lunch between midday and 1.45 pm, so why not visit and taste some of the best the Lakes has to offer?