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The Royal Oak at Keswick
Ranked #71 of 189 Keswick B&B and Inns
Reviewed 28 August 2013

I dined here on a recent walking weekend in the Lakes.

The menu and chalk boards within the Inn seemed to put a great emphasis on local produce and fresh cooking, however, I found this was not reflected in the food served to me.

The bar and dining area is really relaxing and the service was really good, shame that microwaved over salty food seems to be the norm.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Inns_0f_Character, Tim Banks - Manager at The Royal Oak at Keswick, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2013

I'm sorry you didn't enjoy our fare, but glad you mentioned the relaxed atmosphere and the good service. We have recently changed kitchen personnel in regards to menu and taste, so hopefully you will give us another try in the near future. I will share your comments with the rest of the team.

Kind regards,
Tim Banks - Manager and all the team at The Inn at Keswick.

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Reviewed 26 August 2013

just stayed for two days at the inn and have had a brilliant time. Right from check in the staff were very friendly and professional . The overall quality was excellent with lots of nice touches to make it extra special, and if that's not enough the inn has its own fantastic bar with gorgeous food and a great selection of ales. As regular visitors to Keswick we have stayed at several hotels and guesthouses , in one case costing much more than the inn , but there is no doubt we have found our firm favourite and hope to return to The Inn many more times in the near future. We would highly recommend this lovely hotel and staff to anyone .

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Inns_0f_Character, Tim Banks - Manager at The Royal Oak at Keswick, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2013

I'm really pleased to hear your positive comments regarding our staff, food and ales. It's really important in a competitive town like Keswick that we get things consistently right, we use positive and negative comments alike to improve. I will share your comments with the team and look forward to seeing you very soon.

Kind regards,
Tim Banks - Manager and all the team at The Inn at Keswick.

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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Stayed a couple of nights here whilst traveling on our honeymoon. Rooms were nice meals were lovely and staff very friendly. Situated in the heart of the town a very traditional English pub. Rooms very warm but fans were provided overall a nice stay.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank Karenstone66
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Inns_0f_Character, Tim Banks - Manager at The Royal Oak at Keswick, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2013

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and all our facilities, i'm also pleased members of the team went the extra mile to make sure you enjoyed your honeymoon. We hope to see you on your next visit to Keswick.

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Tim Banks - Manager and all the team at The Inn at Keswick.

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

We ate in The Inn as a family one evening and it was all very nice. The guys behind the bar were great, offering tasters of all the beers when I was being fussy deciding which one to have. They were knowledgable about what they were serving, which is something I love when purchasing real ales. The food was good too, standard good pub food, and priced for the location. I had the sausage patty, mainly cause it was made with local produce, but it was lovely. The rest of my party had Sunday dinners, with a choice of lamb or beef and they were a good size.
My only niggle is the fact that they allow dogs in here, as I hate them and cant imagine why anyone would want to share their meal with one. But as with lots of Keswick pubs, thats just something I have to get on with!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank BigCityDreams-7
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Inns_0f_Character, Tim Banks - Manager at The Royal Oak at Keswick, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2013

Thanks for your positive comments regarding your meal and your visit. I'm glad you mentioned how knowledgeable the team were regarding Cask Ales, Its something we put a lot of effort in to. I also take on board your comments regarding pets in the pub, maybe we have an area in future that is dog free? It's all food for thought. We hope to see you on your next visit to Keswick.

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Tim Banks - Manager and all the team at The Inn at Keswick.

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Reviewed 19 August 2013

There was 7 in our party (8 if you include the dog!) that eat at The Inn at Keswick. It was difficult getting a table as we were a large group on a Friday evening. However, we managed to get a table and enjoyed our meals and drinks. The service was good and friendly and the food was fairly well priced and tasty. I would recommend The Inn at Keswick for a meal and would visit again, but just wish that tables could be reserved for large groups.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank DevonDon
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Inns_0f_Character, Tim Banks - Manager at The Royal Oak at Keswick, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2013

Thanks for taking the time to post your positive comments. We have had problems in the past reserving tables for large parties, especially at weekends that don't show or are late. We have to maximise our covers at busy times, just a sensible business decision. I hope you didn't have to wait to long for a table and it sound slike it was worth the wait. Hope we can accommodate you on your next visit to Keswick.

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Tim Banks - Manager and all the team at The Inn at Keswick.

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Reviewed 12 August 2013

to hot,great big air con units,why are they not switched on???staff look at you and turn away,not he service I am used to £9.40 for 3 drinks and 3 bags of crisps,roll on Wetherspoons.....Keswick pubs need to get their act sorted before Wetherspoons opens,but non of them seem to be doing anything about it.................................

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank gpdkeswick
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Inns_0f_Character, Tim Banks - Manager at The Royal Oak at Keswick, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2013

I'm disappointed by your comments regarding our staff, we normally get very positive comments regarding our team. We will embrace the competition of a new operator in town, it will make us better as will your comments. Unfortunately, we could not have predicted the unusually hot period of weather we have recently been experiencing. Thanks for your honesty, I will share your comments with the team.

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Tim Banks - Manager and all the team at The Inn at Keswick.

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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Decent..ish, nothing spectacular, nothing wrong BUT bedrooms small, noisy at night. Probably better to stay away from main square and walk in. Breakfast ok, didn't eat in the pub, felt too busy in the evenings, stag does and the like. Nowhere to park nearby.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Inns_0f_Character, Tim Banks - Manager at The Royal Oak at Keswick, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2013

Thanks for your honest comments. Keswick can be lively at the weekends and can be noisy in the square until late. I will share your comments with the team in effort to make us consistently better.

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Tim Banks - Manager and all the team at The Inn at Keswick.

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Additional Information about The Royal Oak at Keswick

Address: Main Street, Keswick CA12 5HZ, England (Formerly The Inn at Keswick)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Keswick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #71 of 189 B&Bs / Inns in Keswick
Price Range: £79 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Royal Oak at Keswick 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Royal Oak at Keswick is a welcoming pub offering great home-cooked food and accommodation in the vibrant market town of Keswick, which is situated on the lakeside North of Derwentwater in Cumbria's Lake District. The Royal Oak at Keswick offers a pleasing blend of pub, restaurant and hotel rooms with a well stocked bar and a varied menu of freshly prepared produce and seasonal ingredients. ... more   less 
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The Royal Oak At Keswick Lake District

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