Keswick 2

Keswick is easily accessed from the M6 motorway a trip of 17 miles from the Penrith junction. Public transport takes a bit longer by a bus from Carlisle. However, it is easy to spend several days in Keswick without having to leave the town.

Pub info

There is a small brewery tap (Keswick) and a local Rugby club. Not everywhere is open all day for the usual hours – Brewery Tap, Rugby club and Casa all have odd hours. Almost all places allow dogs in.
The decor of most pubs include pictures of old Keswick and old pictures of the lake district.
There are a few places with only one real ale and, not surprisingly, the quality of ale in these places is quite variable.

TRAIL 1 continued
Down from The Inn on the Square isThe Golden Lion. Leaving, turn and go down the alley beside the Golden Lion which will lead you to a large car park. Over to your right will be The Back Bar. Walk out of the car park main entrance and the road opposite should be Brewery lane which leads to The Flying Fox in The Keswick Brewery. Leave here and walk back to the car park and turn right along the road. Following the curve round brings you to The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. Continue down the road and turn left back into the main street and The Bank Tavern is opposite you. If you have the correct timing you could walk away from the pedestrian area and then turn left at the mini roundabout. Cross over and walk past Booth’s supermarket and follow the road round to reach Keswick Rugby Club.

Click picture to enlarge....

What is the name of the line on the weather map that connects lines of equal temperature?


The Golden Lion is a long thin bar with the tall servery half way up the left wall and onwards. The large picture window overlooking the pedestrian shopping area has several large benches alongside it. There are more rectangular tables and chairs before you reach the servery, which has some seating opposite it. Beyond here are stairs to a lower floor with several long tables on both sides. Food served and dogs welcome. Wood floor, wood tables, wood beams,
Have a pint here
Real ale: Lancaster Bomber; Old Peculiar (4 pumps off ‘back at weekend’)
Bitter: John Smith; East Coast IPA
Lager: Birra Moretti; Stella; Fosters
Cider: Strongbow; Strongbow dark Fruit Thatcher’s Gold Guinness

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I'm under the table.
After four I'm under the host.

  Dorothy Parker

The Back Bar is a separate bar of the Inn on the Square and is more youth orientated and larger than the main offering. The entrance has outside seating on either side and once through the door the servery is straight ahead. The servery area has large square stools and lots of standing room on stone floor where there is pool and TV to the right. To the left, beyond the servery is a wooden floored area with stone walls with a fire at the far end. Paintings of rock stars are on the walls. This has some comfortable seating and small tables and also some dining style tables and chairs for food. The downstairs space is a light and airy modern pub. Upstairs it is darker with lower lighting and lower ceilings. The centre stairs again split the room in two. There is a TV on both end walls and soft seating and low tables for watching sports. Dogs very welcome. Food all day.
Have a pint here
Real ale: ESP; Hobgoblin Gold
Bitter: jenning’s Bitter Smooth
Lager: Fosters; Estrella
Cider: Kingston’s Press Guinness

The Flying Fox is the brewery tap of the Keswick Brewery. It is a small room at the front right of the brewery building. This is a very small room with 5 small tables and lots of stools and a servery in the corner. It also sells souvenirs of the brewery and is the waiting room for tours.
KPA; Keswick Bitter; Thirst Quencher

The dots over the i and j

The Chief Justice of the Common Pleas (what a terrific name) was an old police and court house combined. One of the seven rooms is still easily recognisable as the court room with dock and benches cleverly utilised. There are two entrances and the right hand one takes you to the servery is against the back wall. There are seven interlinked rooms and a few alcoves, with an outside seating area at the rear.
Have a pint here
Real ale: Big Job; Mandarina Orange; Doombar; Old man; Spun Gold and Citafel (Carlisle) ; Knights Malvern gold
Bitter: John Smith; Shipyard; Punk IPA
Lager: Hop house 13; Carlsberg; San Miguel; 1664; Fosters; Carling; Coors; Bud light
Cider: Magners; Tthatcher’s Gold Guinness

The Bank Tavern has an inn sign depicting Laurel and Hardy. Stan Laurel was born in Ulverson. Entrance is to a large room with lots of tables and chairs at dining height. The pub is geared up for serving traditional pub grub very wellServery is to the left and is just big enough for the 16 fonts (8 real ale). At the right hand side the servery also serves the outside seating which is accessed to the right of the servery or by walking around the corner from the pub. This outside area has a large TV. Low ceiling with thin beams and occasional thick one with an attempt at horse brasses. Low lighting in what is a dark room. The room has pictures of old Keswick and the lakes. There is a smaller room through to the rear. Food most of the day. Dogs welcome.
Have a pint here
Real ale: Sneck Lifter; Jenning’s Bitter; Cumberland; Cocker Hoop;Tanners (Keswick); Old Empire IPA;; Hobgoblin; Wainwright Golden
Lager: Fosters; Birra Moretti; 1664; Stella
Cider: Strongbow dark fruit; Thatchers Gold Guinness


The Keswick Rugby club has limited opening hours and in the winter this is reduced to Thurs and Friday evening from 7, and the weekend. The entrance is to large function room with lots of long tables and chairs that can be changed around to suit the occasion. At the far left is a hatch for serving the hall and a door to a small bar room. The servery is against the right wall and there is a fireplace opposite it. There are a couple of tall tables and stools. Dogs are welcome and there is a large patio area overlooking the ground.
Have a pint here
Real ale: Wainwright Golden; Jenning’s Bitter
Bitter: Jenning’s Bitter Smooth; Cumberland Cream
Lager: Fosters; estrella
Cider: Kingston Press Pearl Jet Stout

Local breweries on sale in Keswick Many other breweries are listed at
Jennings in Cockermouth Cumbrian CAMRA
Keswick in Keswick
Carlisle in Carlisle

You are viewing the text version of this site.

To view the full version please install the Adobe Flash Player and ensure your web browser has JavaScript enabled.

Need help? check the requirements page.

Get Flash Player