The Wainwright, Keswick

The first night out on a holiday is always something to look forward to. After a lovely lunch stop at Tebay, we arrived at our rented holiday destination in good time. After a bit of a palaver with our secret underground parking lair (ok, just a ground floor garage with a remote control door) we had soon unloaded and got ourselves out on to the fells. By 4pm we were on the top of Latrigg, and looking down on glorious views of Keswick.

We continued our walk, returning to Keswick along yet another old railway line (thanks Beeching). It was around 7pm when we got back down into the town, so we decided to go straight to the pub. Tonight’s choice was The Wainwright, previously The Four in Hand, somewhere we had visited many years ago. Having heard good things about the new pub on the web (as well as seeing lots of pictures of good food and drink on Twitter), it was always going to be our first night choice.

It was pretty busy despite being relatively early, but we grabbed some drinks and ordered some food and sat in the high stools near the door whilst waiting for a table to become free. To start off, a Yolo (but not #yolo) from Fell Brewery, who are only 2 years old. Three of their ales were on the bar tonight, and this was the perfect start, a great golden session ale to quench the thirst after a good walk, and while you are contemplating your soon-to-arrive game pie.

And what a pie it was. A proper effort, baked with lid on, not just some filling plopped in a dish and a separate lid dropped on afterwards. Very flavourful game filling, good thick gravy, accompanied by excellent chips and some nice peppery roasted vegetables. A cracking pie. Mrs MOFAD had the beef pie, which was also very good.

This had a great accompaniment, another Fell Brewery ale. The Belgium Salted Dark Ale was fantastic, complementing the pie perfectly. Malty, roasted, chocolatey, a touch of sweetness, a touch of saltiness, a great balance for a game pie.

No pudding tonight (got to pace ourselves for a long week of eating and drinking), but another great Fell Brewery ale rounded things off – Progressive Pale is a great hoppy pale ale.

So, it’s an instant MOFAD approval for this “new” Keswick pub. A MOFAD card was left, and we’ll definitely be back when we are next in Keswick. The Wainwright should go from strength to strength.

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