I was a member of a Stag party (17 guys) and we'd made a booking well in advance of our trip in May. We turned up and announced ourselves; the one member of staff in the entire pub (bearing in mind it was also the Jazz Festival weekend and the place was packed) told us that they don't take bookings (even though he confirmed there was one written down on and stuck to the back of a door behind the bar), he told us to wait while he served some of the 8 wide 2 deep crowd at the bar before he could do anything. He then told us that the place was full and he couldn't accommodate us without as much as an apology. 17 guys on a Saturday night looking to be fed in Keswick.... luckily The Packhorse Inn just a short walk away accommodated us with a smile and some of the best service I've ever had.
Sorry Golden Lion you missed out on a £700 bill and a hefty tip!
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