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Kings Head, Keswick - pub details

Address: Thirlspot, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4TN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 32166) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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user reviews of Kings Head, Keswick

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Disregard the old reviews, things have clearly changed since 2016 - where I might ask are the local reviewers for BITE.?
Friendly pub, locally owned, NOT a national chain. Beers do come largely from Carlsberg Marston’s but well kept and with guest ales too.
Food freshly cooked, reasonable price. Staff very welcoming and friendly
Beers today Wainwright Amber 4.0, J.W.Lees MPA 3.7, Loweswater Gold 4.3, Cumbrian Session IPA 4.5, Marston’s 61 Deep 3.8. Tried the Amber, excellently kept and saw at least 2 of the others which looked fresh and well kept. Try it.
TonyMitch1 - 13 May 2024 16:17
I remembered this place as being not too bad... but that was in the past. Nowadays, as others have said, it has "gastro" ambitions and has become accordingly high-priced. The beer is not what it could be (chain pub, probably not that much turnover) and the food "all right" but not worth what it costs. The East European staff have some difficulty with English: asking for some "Worcestershire sauce" sent them looking for some "oyster sauce" (and they found some), not quite the same thing. I doubt I'll be back. 4/10
HenPen - 14 Jan 2016 10:16
Oh dear, we have been staying at the Kings Head fairly regularly since my last review.
The place has changed - A lot. Unfortunately not for the better.
It is still clean, and the bed we were in was comfortable, but the room was so,so damp and cold.
The food - Expensive and they serve chips (6 or 7 to a portion) in a "Jenga" style, or a little galvanised bucket. What's all that about - It's a pub!
The beer is also relatively expensive, and not as well kept as it used to be.
I think that a lot of other people have had similar experiences as the pub itself, the hotel and the restaurant, were consistently empty.
Other pubs/inns/hotels are available..................

Phantom_Pigeon - 16 Dec 2013 11:04
Jennings Ales - Kept well but served a little cold, but they soon get to a proper temperature.
Not a lot more that I can say above what has been noted by drtimthornton. However, we have always found the menu to be fairly reasonably priced, but can be a bit on the "n'chips" side.
As an inn, it is very comfortable. We have stayed here three times and have no complaints. Other residents have said that the Llamas can make a bit of noise. We will stay there again.
They are dog friendly too!!

Phantom_Pigeon - 23 Sep 2008 12:22
This is in a small chain of pubs that also includes the Traveller�s Rest in Grasmere and Sweeney�s Bar in Keswick (and it resembles the former). The pub part comprises a traditionally furnished dining room with a small real fire at one end and a modern bar area recently refurbished in light wood. It sells Jennings beers and has a good if expensive food menu but my one experience of it was very good. The bar also sells local produce. Overall it is perhaps not as atmospheric as the Travellers Rest, a couple of miles further south, but generally less busy in summer.
drtimthornton - 14 Dec 2007 17:52

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