The Square Orange Cafe Bar, Keswick

A rainy and dull day in Keswick today. A bit of a stroll around the shops, and then some lunch was called for. We initially went in to Bryson’s tea room, above the town’s famous bakery. You go upstairs and wait to be seated. You catch the eye of the waiting staff. And then wait. And wait. And wait.

And then you walk out, because you are being completely ignored by those waiting staff. Back down the stairs, out of the door, and off to find somewhere that is interested in your custom. This is how we found ourselves at The Square Orange, following a recommendation from our friends Chris & Caroline.

The Square Orange is most unexpected. A little piece of Valencia in the heart of Keswick. Wooden panelling, terracotta paint, coffees, tapas – if you’ve ever visited a Spanish cafe then you know exactly what it will be like. And that goes for the menu too – lots of classic little tapas to pick and choose from, or a range of panini with a little salad on the side. And pizzas in the evening too.

Whilst not classically Spanish, I opted for the pulled pork panino:-

which was delicious. I’m going to write something more in depth about pulled pork at some point, but done well, like here and at the Blenheim Palace food fair, it really is a joy. A freshly prepared side salad too, with some nice olives. And this was accompanied by a lovely pint of Loweswater Gold:-

One of my favourite Lakes ales. Always a welcome sight at any bar. And there are also lots of interesting European beers available. If we visit of an evening I’ll certainly be taking myself on a tour of them. And if that’s not enough, look at this excellent Marvel wallpaper:-

Fantastic stuff, and MOFAD approved!