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The Kings Head Hotel
Ranked #118 of 196 Keswick B&B and Inns
Reviewed 16 August 2014

I needed a single room at short notice, was on a camping residential with young people, which had to be moved into a barn, due to poor weather. I was the only female, so not appropriate for me to stay overnight.
Hotel excellent, room small but was well furnished, clean and comfortable. Shower hot, coffee making facilities, with lovely biscuits.
Felt self conscious on my own, but staff were lovely, carried my bag up to my room and chattered to me in the bar. Food really good too.
Thanks to staff for making me welcome.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Rachel A
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Popped in for an evening meal after seeing the food at lunchtime. The food was really good. The staff were helpful and polite. The tables had plenty of space and were not bunched together. We had a lovely character room at the back of the restaurant for our meal.
We'll be back!:)

  • Stayed: August 2014
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Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We had two evening meals here in Aug 2014 (we were staying locally) and thoroughly enjoyed both of them. This hotel/pub seems to be newly refurbished and the bar/restaurant areas are certainly decorated to a very high standard. It is modern, clean, cosy, warm and comfortable. Quite a few good quality cask ales on sale.
It is highly tourist oriented and feels a little soul-less at times but of course the manager ids clearly catering to the tourist market - from a business perspective it is just the right establishment for this area. We experienced good service both times we were there.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

This was booked through booking.com at short notice and certainly did not live up to its description on website. It is well placed on a main road to Windermere and is an old 17th coaching inn, which was utterly soul less and the room can only be described as adequate.

There did not appear to be any local staff and the ones that were there did not give any regard to making you feel welcome and paid no heed to any demonstration of good customer service skills and we were made to feel that we didn't really matter. This hotel is very isolated, so we decided to have our evening meal there. What a disaster! They have a bar and restaurant menu and we would have preferred the restaurant, but were told unceremoniously that there would be no restaurant service available that night, so we opted for bar food. This was very mediocre fayre served by staff who made no attempt to provide good customer service. We asked for drinks from the table and were told to go to the bar ourselves. I think this really sums up the general attitude of the staff.

The residents only lounge was like a doctors waiting room with nothing to read or do and it is situated in the middle of the main thoroughfare to the toilets and kitchen, so not a relaxing place to be. We retired to bed dreading breakfast, which we were told by the check in receptionist would be from 7.30am. At 7.30am there was no sign of anyone and doors either side of the residents area, that is the bar and restaurant were locked, so we could not find anyone to ask. We were fed up at this point, so decided to check out without breakfast and spotted a member of staff in our corridor, who looked as if he had just woken and asked for help. He said quite curtly, just leave your key on the reception and walked off. Needless to say we left.

Since getting home, we have had some trouble with our credit card, which has been cloned and used fraudulently to further add to the very negative experience of our first trip to the lakes. We left the area travelling on to see if we could find somewhere to restore our faith in this area.

If you value a warm, welcoming and friendly establishment, who value their customers, this is not the place or you.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Maytemby
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We popped in here for lunch to find no staff behind the bar and we had to wait a while before anyone realised we were there. Eventually a barman attended us and I began to place our order for drinks. The first thing he did was to step back and check the time on the clock, despite it clearly being past mid-day. This 'officiousness and the haughty attitude' he displayed annoyed me. We sat down with our drinks and decided what we wanted to eat from the menu. When I ordered, I was told that he would have to check with the kitchen as to what was available. He returned to say that no cooked food would be available and that they would only be serving sandwiches, - no explanation was offered as to why and again the attitude was haughty. Because of the attitude of the staff, we decided not to eat there, finished our drinks and moved on. - It is a good business which can afford to treat and to upset customers in this way. - It will be a long time before we return.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Filthy glasses. Bar manager thinks pouring wine from dirty glass to cleaner one is good service, and only when pushed would he give me a fresh glass of wine, in a dirty glass. Did not bother to challenge it again as don't think he was too impressed with me.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Geoff D
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Reviewed 18 July 2014 via mobile

Like many, we stopped on the way from Keswick back to Ambleside.

The food was all done from frozen. 13 quid for terrible haddock fish and chips. The wife had frozen rubbish filo and cheese too. Don't come here

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Kings Head Hotel

Address: Thirlmere, Keswick CA12 4TN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #118 of 196 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Price Range: £68 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Kings Head Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the foot of Helvellyn, near the shores of Lake Thirlmere The 16th Century Kings Head Hotel enjoys an idyllic setting in the heart of The Lake District National Park. The Kings Head offers two unique dining experiences - with Fine dining in the award winning St Johns Restaurant or Traditional Bar Dining, a contemporary bar lounge and delightful en-suite bedrooms are traditionally furnished with views of the surrounding fells. ... more   less 
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