Lakes Bar & Bistro

4.2
132 reviews
£25 and under
British

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Welcome to the Lakes Bar & Bistro - Sorry we do not take bookings for drinks only
A unique & relaxed atmosphere awaits, along with a warm welcome. The Lakes Bar & Bistro is family owned and ran.
Serving high quality food and local cask ales by our welcoming and friendly team.

We take great pride in preparing & serving a wide range of dishes inspired from around the world alongside the more traditional fayre. Thus ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy…

From Homemade Steak & Ale Pie or Classic Fish & Chips to Thai Green Curry or Moroccan Lamb Tagine…..plus everything in between.
We strive to maintain a high standard throughout and our well kept cellar is no exception.

With Local Cask Ales from Jennings Brewery, Cockermouth to a wide variety of wines selected to compliment your meal perfectly.
We also have a range of draught lagers, bottled beers, fruit ciders, spirits, soft drinks & not forgetting, locally sourced tea’s & coffee.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 132 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.2
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3.9
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MrsT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was great and service was quick, but they just haven’t got the hang of COVID security. The restaurant was largely empty, but of the 3 tables in use we were all bunched close together. The young waiter wore his mask and was careful in his food and drink handling but the waitress did not wear a mask or visor at all, completely against all rules of current hygiene and safety.

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NickK
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great staff and clean venue. Pizza was excellent but the steak pie had changed and not quite as good.

Overall still one of the best value, child and dog friendly places in Keswick.

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EmmaW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Warm and welcoming we got off to a good start - but as the evening wore on, everything took a long time (ordering and getting drinks, orders and receiving food, requesting and getting the bill). We gave up on asking for more drinks / desert.

Wide variety of food in generous portions. Not brilliant but not bad at all.

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PaulB
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little place. Food was absolutely lovely with very friendly staff and very quick service. Would definitely recommend!!

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ChristineS
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Nothing too much trouble. Plenty of customers do a nice atmosphere. It felt very safe and welcoming.

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keithc
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok and its worth a visit when you are visiting keswick, but not alot of atmosphere, perhaps because of the covid issues😢😢

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vipgregev
London
23 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Simple, tasty home cooked food.

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Palace
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and excellent service and food

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

We went early and they were able to accommodate which was good. But there was only one server for like 10 tables so we didn’t get great service unfortunately due to this (which I can appreciate he was working hard.) My coke was flat and he said he was unable to give me another. I asked for hot sauce and he said he’d be back and never came back with anything. My pizza made me feel really ill afterwards. And because we were seated right at the bathrooms I saw the chef go into the toilet and he wasn’t wearing a mask which was unsettling.

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PamB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food
great service
lovely venue and friendly staff

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PamB
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely venue, excellent food, efficient and friendly staff

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Pins
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Saturday evening during covid my wife and I couldnt have asked for more. We were met by excellent staff who saw to our drink and food needs. We had the Rib eye which was cooked to order and was lovely and the Morroccan Lamb Tagine which again was delicious. Lovely evening will def visit again when we are in Keswick

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StuartP
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice venue. Not too busy and tables well spaced. We felt safe eating here during this pandemic.
Great service. Nice quality food. Reasonable prices and nice atmosphere. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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Sylnic
Cumbria
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood risotto was fabulous, service was excellent and the background music was very good. Definitely will be back.

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DawnW
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly service, lots of choice on the menu, nice twist on some dishes. Moroccan lamb tagine was really tasty.

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Jamesm
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Overall we enjoyed our visit the food we were served was ok we both had the pie which was very small for 13 pounds plus. The poor member of staff behind the bar was run of his feet taking orders for drinks and showing people to tables we know we are living in difficulty times but I think the bistro needs more staff.

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JudoEssex
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service warm and friendly. A lovely dining experience.

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ZoeK
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food! Service was a bit slow this time but very friendly, so not a problem.

DG
DeborahG
Cumbria
5 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returning Customer.
Always satisfied with food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With all the Covid 19 restrictions it’s an odd time to be eating out but they’ve really done a smashing job in making it feel normal. Great service, wonderful food

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CraigG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little restaurant. Great food at a great price. Will definitely go back there next time I’m in Keswick

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Hamster
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

good food, reasonably priced and served by friendly staff,

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SCarter
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly the best pizza I have EVER had, will definitely return.

JM
JaniceMc
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table for four on line, tables well spread out, staff wore masks which was reassuring. Staff friendly and food very good. Vegetables were on the al dente side but that’s how I like them. Couldn’t fault anything

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LindaS
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Varied menu, delicious food. Staff very friendly but not wearing masks.

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David
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable visit staff were excellent and food good

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was beautiful, but we were a little disappointed with the service. Young man was dismissive and flippant. In different times, we may have left and gone elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely welcome. Food amazing. Service fabulous. Cheery staff. Would highly recommend. Thank you x

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margaretH
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely food service excellent
Safe environment adhering today Covid rules

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RuthM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food and atmosphere - they had a great selection of food and in a good area!

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RachelD
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Food was fine but no adherence to covid safety in evidence. No staff wearing masks staff leaning over diners far too close. No track and trace, diners walking through to tables far too close. Same menus being recycled, didn't notice cleaning of tables between diners.
Found the Staffordshire bull terrier drooling not more than 10'away and wheezing very off-putting

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OpenTable Diner
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent and the staff were very friendly

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NicH
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A bit hit and miss. 1 member of staff was very nice and attentive but the other wasn't very attentive. No one asked if our meals were ok or if we needed more drinks or wanted dessert. I had the risotto, which had a nice flavour but was dry. My husband had the pie, which was a bit disappointing compared to the description of it on the menu. Overall, quite nice but not bothered about going back.

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BernadetteA
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely little bistro, main meals were very good value with large portions, we couldn't fit dessert in so can't comment on this. Drinks including wine really good and not expensive. Service was very good the staff were very friendly and helpful. I would recommend this bistro to anyone visiting Keswick and looking for a reasonably priced meal out. So nice we went a second time

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sueS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely staff. On a very busy bank holiday Saturday we felt relaxed and very well looked after.

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BiddyB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great friendly service, varied menu and tasty food.

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TracyS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service very pleasant staff and absolutely nothing wrong with the food would definitely recommend this to friends X

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AshleyB
Cumbria
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was very nice bar food was great and staff was very friendly

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NatalieE
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Super friendly service and great food. We booked the Bistro twice last week and had a great experience both times!

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AriM
Cumbria
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really great place for dinner. Expect to pay extra though!

FAQs

Lakes Bar & Bistro is rated 4.2 stars by 132 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.