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The Swinside Inn, Keswick, Cumbria

The Swinside Inn

4.2
4.2
477 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Amazing Views with Real Ale and Pub Food in Newlands Valley near, Catbells, Derwentwater, Causey Pike, Grisedale Pike, and Keswick. Dog friendly.

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2 people

20:00


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–20:15

  • Phone number

    017687 78253

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    MONDAY NIGHT IS PIE NIGHT!

  • Area

    Keswick

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of free parking

  • Public Transit

    Swinside Green on 77A route from Keswick or Borrowdale. Or take the Keswick Launch across Derwentwater, landing stages at Hawse End or Lingholm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wine

What 477 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Cumbria

    Romance

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  1. SG

    SusanG

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pie and pint night for £10 amazing valve great pie what’s not to like 👍
  2. SW

    SarahW

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Idyllic setting with great views from the outside seating area. The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. The food was excellent. Not many veggie options but the one I had, the vegan burger, was very tasty. Top class chips I’d definitely recommend
  3. DT

    DawnT

    Bath

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very busy when we arrived however we were served promptly in a friendly helpful way. Great atmosphere and super food. We will go there again.
  4. RC

    RoyC

    Hertfordshire

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely pub with lovely views. Food was good and enjoyed our evening.
  5. MA

    MrAT

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place with friendly staff, food was great and we will be visiting again soon. I would definitely recommend.
  6. M

    Moonriver

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fab place to eat. Food titally superb. Staff lovely. Have rebooked a table for another evening.
  7. A

    Adam

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Would like to come back when the full menu is on rather than just Sunday roasts, as our lamb and nut roast meals were bland with very watery gravy. Would not recommend, but will give another go some day hopefully when the full menu is on, as that looks okay and it is in a lovely setting.
  8. CP

    ChristopherP

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    As usual the food was very good using locally sourced meat. It was a busy Saturday evening and servicecwas stretched thin. I am nor a fan of the tables in the area immediately on entering (where the bar used to be) - they feel impersonal and an afterthought. Still good value and with the best scenery in Keswick.
  9. G

    Goody

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Poor choice, missing menu item, chips hard ! Baked potato only just warm. Disappointing
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The mash was cold and lumpy no one asked us at any point how things were or I’d have told them.
  11. JH

    JohnH

    Nottingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent pub with lots of character, I would recommend it.
  12. AW

    AlisonW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Mid week so expected to be quiet, staff were courteous and prompt, the meal was excellent and well presented. I had the Scampi salad and enjoyed every bit of it.
  13. SA

    SarahA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely scenic setting in tiny village. Weather was a bit rubbish which was a shame as there is a beautiful beer garden overlooking the fells. The food was delicious..both had a burger. Staff all lovely. We have booked again in 2 days. Would recommend.
  14. T

    Trevor

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food was average pub grub. Pheasant burger & pork stroganoff were on specials & they were nice. Had the theakstons bitter which was good & well kept. Would definitely have a return visit.
  15. MB

    MarieB

    Essex

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great pub with amazing views. Good food with plenty of choice.
  16. JW

    JohnW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Pleasant staff, the roast of the day was good, 6 vegetables, plenty of beef.The Yorkshire puds were a bit flat but still edible .Could have done with being a bit warmer but ok.
  17. AS

    AngelaS

    Derbyshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Roast dinner ! Beautiful views and a lovely walk back across to Braithwaite
  18. LM

    LindaM

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We allways eat at swinside when we are in keswick food Is delicious and the staff very friendly and the views are amazing will be back soon
  19. HJ

    HelenJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and friendly service in beautiful location.
  20. G

    Gunny

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were brilliant, the food tasty and plentiful, the beer delicious and the views amazing
  21. c

    clarec

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The swinside inn sits nestled between beautiful mountains with amazing views. It has a great outdoor seating area and is cosy inside. The food is standard pub food, frozen chips and veg but good pie and pint deal for £10 and staff are friendly. Lovely drive from Keswick town center or a 50 minute walk uphill.

    The Swinside InnResponded on 5 June 2022Thanks for your feedback. The return of The Pie Night is pretty popular. We do make our own chips from real potatoes and use fresh veg, not frozen. As an aside, I'm not sure which route you took, but we're not on a hill either! Anyway, glad you enjoyed your visit. Lucinda

  22. AW

    AndreaW

    Cumbria

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 May 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was very ordinary. Table for 5, three of us wanted the steak and ale pie, didn't have at 6.30pm. Small portions of veg and chips. Didn't feel like we'd had a good meal at all.

    The Swinside InnResponded on 5 June 2022We did have a run on the steak and ale pie, on our £10 deal didn't we!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Nice place, good staff but mediocre food and out of key menu items such as pork chops and rainbow trout at 7 PM. I would recommend this place's patio for an after-hike beer and bit of pub food.

    The Swinside InnResponded on 5 June 2022Thanks for your feedback. Apologies, we do get very busy, and run out of things sometimes.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Glasgow

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    24/05/2022 This is a mixed review. Food that was served was good although the veg was sent back as cold. There was an issue with one meal… long winded explanation would be needed ,the main issue was the servers attitude. She wasn’t interested that one of our number didn’t get the meal requested. Poor customer service and hostile attitude is how I viewed it.

    The Swinside InnResponded on 27 May 2022Thank you for the review. We'll look into this.

  25. GT

    GreigT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked a table at 5:30 so it was quiet when we went. Food was excellent, home made, well seasoned and full of flavour. The staff were very friendly

    The Swinside InnResponded on 27 May 2022Thank you!

  26. C

    Canpers2022

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Website offers overnight parking for campers if you eat. After lunch we asked and they said they don’t do that anymore. They could at least update website so cancelled dinner and went elsewhere (their loss - weren’t particularly friendly either) lunch was just ok….nothing special

    The Swinside InnResponded on 27 May 2022The website has not offered campervan parking for well over 2 years. I think I took it off in 2019, so I don't know what you were looing at, but it wasn't with us, sorry. (We've never advertised campers anywhere else either)

  27. S

    Sunny

    Cheshire

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fantastic steak and ale pie! Recommend that you are very hungry as the portions are generous. The veg was good although would have preferred roasted parsnips, not boiled.

    The Swinside InnResponded on 27 May 2022Thank you, and noted

  28. B

    Boab

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Fantastic scenic location. Good value soft drinks. Attentive service.
  29. t

    tima

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    A disappointing experience. The pub is in a great location but the decor and menu etc is very dated and tired. Appeared to be short staffed. Meals were poor.
  30. RW

    RowenaW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I can't really make comments about the meal as we didn't stay. We booked a table for 4 but when we arrived the place was full with a large tour party. We were given a table in a quiet back room but the queue to order drinks and food was so long and only 1 member of staff serving and making tea at the same time so we left to go to another nearby pub. I've had to say poor in each category in order to get to this comment stage. The food and service are normally excellent here
  31. MR

    MarkR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met friends here for lunch. It was hard to find somewhere open for a midday meal on a Monday. We were delighted with our visit to The Swinside Inn and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The meal was excellent, one of the tastiest leanest steak and ale pies I had ever had, and it was a proper homemade pie too. Highly recommend.
  32. GB

    GraemeB

    Perthshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Close to Portinscale and certainly worth a visit. Friendly staff, good food and views to die for.
  33. DM

    DiMa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very pleasant night out with great pub food. Lovely atmosphere!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely pub inside and great views. Good beer, we had the steak, very tasty and perfectly cooked (rare), bit expensive at £25. Pies looked good, will try next time.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cumbria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Family dinner with nine of us including two in high chairs
  36. L

    Lornsss

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always superb! The staff are lovely and really helpful, the beautiful location is a plus too!
  37. JH

    JaneH

    Cumbria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best steak and ale pie. Recommended after a huge hike.
  38. HS

    HelenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm welcome much appreciated. Good food, helpful staff and a lovely ambience.
  39. FS

    FelixS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The Swinside Inn overlooking the Newlands Valley is a very attractive venue offering good quality home-cooked pub food. Staff are young an very friendly.
  40. b

    becky

    Cumbria

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a table booked for 5 and our dog , the service was efficient and the food was all very good and portions decent size . Overall a fabulous experience x

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

The Swinside Inn is rated 4.2 stars by 477 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

20:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Swinside Inn

Newlands Valley Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5UE

Additional information

  • Area

    Keswick

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 12:00–20:15

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Plenty of free parking

  • Public Transit

    Swinside Green on 77A route from Keswick or Borrowdale. Or take the Keswick Launch across Derwentwater, landing stages at Hawse End or Lingholm

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wine

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