The Royal Oak, Keswick

A second visit this year to this nicely refurbished pub. The previous visit was on a very, very wet New Year’s Day, when we came for some shopping and lunch with Pik, Debs and the boys who were also in the Lakes for some time over New Year. That was a day I won’t forget in a hurry due to the huge floods around Thirlmere. I had visions of a dead car. A submarine would have been more useful.

We made it back safe and sound that day through luck and caution. Today’s rain was nothing compared to that day, but again we found ourselves here after a bit of a soggy day.

A few drinks to start, a Catbells Pale Ale from Hesket Newmarket brewery, and a very good Strawberry lambicus from Timmermans

A couple of pub classics tonight, fish & chips (batter made with Wainwright ale), and a chargrilled chicken breast, with mushroom, plum tomato, onion rings, chips and some salad. Perfectly good pub grub.

As there was some handy wifi (and we had some walks to plan), we decided to hang around for a few more drinks. This was a Grasmere Gold from Tirril Brewery, a good golden ale.

When sticky toffee pudding is on the menu, it is rude not to.

Just time for one more, and a bit more walk planning…

A cracking pub in the centre of Keswick, well worth a visit.

Langstrath Country Inn, Stonethwaite, Borrowdale

After yesterday’s near washout of a day when it didn’t really stop raining, today’s forecast was marginally better. Marginally. So we planned a walk from Rosthwaite to Seatoller via a bit of the Honister Pass and then back to Rosthwaite. This would take in a nice little pub in Seathwaite. There was one slight flaw in this plan. The pub closed down about 18 months ago, which is a real shame as it was a nice little pub. However, apart from this oversight (the original walk didn’t take the pub in, so it was unresearched), the walk was well planned, because there were two further options further around the walk.

The first of these was the Langstrath Country Inn, tucked away in the tiny village of Stonethwaite. It’s just as well that we weren’t a day earlier, as they are closed on Mondays. Why? I have no idea… Prime walking country, and not much competition. Let’s make sure we close on at least one day a week. Oh, and also make sure we only cook food during certain hours too.

Anyway, enough of a couple of my pet gripes, let’s talk about what was on offer. A good little lunch menu with a selection of sandwiches, soup and other light bites. We opted for a sausage ciabatta and a beef baguette, but it might surprise you to learn that I opted for the beef! Whilst I am a fan of all things porcine, I do like a nice bit of beef.

To accompany, a nice pint of Keswick Thirst Gold, a good, gentle golden ale. A nice little country pub which makes a good lunch stop on any walk in the area.