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.

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