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The Wainwright

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitized menus
  • Floors marked for social distancing
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Updated 04/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 04/09/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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The Wainwright is a dog friendly free house in Keswick town centre, on Lake Road opposite George Fisher. Voted runner up as CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016 we serve up to 8 real ales from Cumbrian brewers. We serve great food, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Perfect for the walker/climber/runner and casual tourist alike we have 3 TVs showing fellwalking and other Lakeland activities.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Brew Pub, Bar, British, Pub
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Dog Friendly
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All reviews burger fish and chips mash sunday roast pie onion rings beef cumberland sausage the pub real ale great beer beer selection worth the wait long walk on tap ales camra
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Reviewed 19 November 2020

We are fairly regular visitors to Keswick but had never been to “ The Wainright “ before . One rainy day in October we remedied this . We called in for a soup and sandwich lunch washed down with beer / wine . All very...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 3 November 2020 via mobile

We called in for a drink early evening and really enjoyed it so we went back at 9:20 pm for another drink to be told they were no longer serving – when challenged we were politely but firmly told to leave

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 2 November 2020

Food was ok, not anything special. Staff were a bit too much in your face trying to be polite ( my opinion). Probably because they are experiencing this weird COVID situation.

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 27 October 2020

Last time we went to the Wainwright we were disappointed & that reflected in our review. On this visit to Keswick we were pleased with the place. These are difficult times & I think the pub has adjusted well to the new world. The beer...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 24 October 2020

We came in here for some inpromptu mid afternoon drinks on our first full day in Keswick. This was our first drinks-only visit to a pub since they reopened in early July and the setup was well though through and a good range of drinks.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 18 October 2020 via mobile

Walked up Catsbell and ended up in the Wainwright! Great days walk followed by a fantastic Sunday Roast - accompanied by 3 great ales! Highly recommended- eat, drink and enjoy TrevC Hats off to the staff under these difficult Times!!

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 18 October 2020

Visited today 18th October, very covid19 aware, tables spaced well apart, all waiters wore mask. Felt very safe and the food was out of this world! Best roast beef dinner i have had in a long time. We will definitely return

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 17 October 2020

Visited with my three brothers. The staff were friendly, efficient and covid aware. Good selection of real ale, which were well kept. Overall a very pleasant visit

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 14 October 2020 via mobile

We always call into The Wainwright when in Keswick, as it’s our favourite bar, serving excellent ales. We weren’t sure whether we’d get in, as it’s first come, first in due to Covid. We were lucky and enjoyed a couple of drinks. Friendly staff and...More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 13 October 2020 via mobile

Had a great meal here, Trio of Cumberland sausage & mash + veg for me and the Sweet Potato, Chickpea & spinach curry for my vegetarian other half. Generous portions but still managed to clear our plates, couldn’t fault it. Nice pint of Geology Sue...More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Julie B
22 November 2019|
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Response from I5978UNjohno | Property representative |
Hi Julie Do you mean maps or line drawings (I ask because you mention the ‘Haystacks one’?). If it’s the drawings they are ‘linescapes’ drawn by our great friend the guide book writer Mark Richards (search on markrichards... More
23 May 2019|
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Response from I5978UNjohno | Property representative |
Hi Thanks for getting in touch. We’re in an old and awkward building, so only accessible for ambulant disabled folk, as we have 3 shallow front steps up from pavement level. The toilets are on our ground floor, but the... More
brian r
31 March 2018|
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Response from jwefc | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, good food, but never had Sunday lunch there. Try The George round the corner - fabulous!!
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Wainwright

  • Yes, The Wainwright is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • The Wainwright is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4.5